Link Up With Others Phil. 1:1-11 March 06, 2011
Several times I heard or read that the church in Philippi became Paul’s favorite church. No doubt it was
because the gave and prayed for his ministry. In verse seven of the first chapter he said they were in his heart. When you feel that way it is easy to Link up with Others.
1. Link Up With Others Who Are . . Saints In Christ Jesus. 1:1
1 Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus: To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including
the overseers and deacons. 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
A. Saints Because they were . . Committed To Christ Jesus. 1:1a
1 Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus: To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi,. . .”
B. Saints Because they were . . Content In the Peace of God. 1:1b-2
“. . . including the overseers and deacons. 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the
Lord Jesus Christ.
In one of the towns I pastored we had a Catholic Priest as part of our ministerial fellowship. One day he and I were alone and I asked him, “how Paul could call the Christians of Rome, Philippi, Corinth, Ephesus, and Colosse saints when the Catholic Church only made people saints after they were dead for several years.” He said, “ I don’t know.” He really acted surprised the Bible said that. Well we are saints immediately after we are saved because being a saint depends on the transforming work of Jesus and not the proof of our good works.
This folks were saints because Jesus made them saints when He redeemed them and washed away their sins.
2. Link Up With Others with Whom God . . Started A Work. 1:3-6
A. God Started A Work and Paul . . Prayed for Them. 1:3-4
3 I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, 4 always praying with joy for all of you in
my every prayer,
B. God Started A Work and Paul . . Partnered with Them. 1:5
5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 I am sure of this, that He who
started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
C. God Started A Work and Promised To . . Perfect It. 1:6
6 I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until
the day of Christ Jesus.
I have pastored several churches and all of them believed they needed much prayer on their behalf. Paul realized this and prayed for the people in Philip and the many needs they experienced. In spite of their needs Paul partnered with them for the spread of the Gospel. He partnered with them because he knew God was the number one partner who started this work of grace and would continue it unto the day of Jesus Christ. (His Return). This work will ultimately be perfected through the work of Jesus. This is promised when Jesus returns to this earth. Do you note that Pauul spoke of Christ return twice? He along with other new Testament Christians longed for the return of Christ. We need to serve the Lord with the realization He may come at any moment.
3. Link Up With Others Who Are . . Special Partners. 1:7-11
A. Special Partners Because they were . . Passionately In Paul’s Heart. 1:7-8
7 It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because I have you in my heart, and you are all
partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and establishment of the gospel.
8 For God is my witness, how I deeply miss all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
B. Special Partners Because they were In Paul’s . . Prayers. 1:9-10
9 And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment, 10 so that you can determine what really matters and can be pure and blameless in the day of Christ,
C. Special Partners Because they were In Paul’s . . Priase. 1:11
11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. HCSB
The people of Philip were special to Paul because he had them passionately in his heart. Their was something about these people and their concern for Paul that became very much of a passionate reality.
He prayed for them and they prayed for him. Note in verse ten Paul talks about the things that really matter. The prayers included a determining ability to know what really matters when we pray. Did you ever here some prayers defined as “hoop skirt,” prayers. The cover everything but don’t touch anything. I wonder how many times we pray that kind of a prayer? When Paul praised the Lord he remembered the church at Philip. Their fruit in righteousness definitely called for praise and it is not hard to Link Up With Others like this. Amen? Amen!