It’s important for followers of Jesus to all be pointed in the same direction, working together to share the gospel and serve God by serving others. The more we work together, the more we can accomplish. God is watching and He doesn’t want to see us disjointed, but united in this common goal.
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27 (NIV)
Individual believers should be working together with other believers. Small groups of believers should be working together with other small groups. Churches should be working together with other churches. Christian denominations should be working together with other Christian denominations. The best way to spread the gospel is by serving others with the love the Holy Spirit provides. Working together we can overwhelm the world with God’s love.
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV)
All believers, individually and corporately, need to look around and see where God is clearly working and then join that effort. We don’t have to all come up with our own path forward, we all need to seek out God’s path forward and join together to accomplish His goals.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)
Dedicated followers of Jesus Christ know all too well the seriousness of God’s warning to unbelievers. When there is a raging fire, one man will not be enough to extinguish the flames. Many working together are what’s needed to overcome a raging inferno. Believers are fully aware of the enemy’s activities and know without a doubt that it will take an army to overcome his efforts.
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12 (NIV)
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, through the watchful eye of God the Father, and through the awesome sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we have been tasked with fulfilling God’s desire for us to spread the gospel by serving others with love. Let’s reaffirm our commitment to work together toward this goal.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 (NIV)
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“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
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The Book of Romans
You may already know that the apostle Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament, was originally known as Saul of Tarsus. He was a Jewish rabbi and part of the ultra-holy group known as the Pharisees. Saul of Tarsus believed Christians were worthless and was happy to see them persecuted. Then one day Saul had a supernatural encounter with Jesus. As a result, Saul made a complete transformation and was appointed by Jesus as an evangelist to the Gentiles. Previously, only Jewish people were being converted to followers of Jesus. Now Saul of Tarsus would be known by his Roman name, Paul, and proudly carry out the duties assigned to him by Jesus and begin converting non-Jewish people knows as Gentiles to Christianity.
After some time spreading the gospel, Paul had plans to return to Rome and establish it as his home base, but there was a problem. The church in Rome had become divided. The Jewish followers of Jesus were still dedicated to the old Jewish rituals like keeping the Sabbath, eating kosher foods, and circumcision. However the Gentile followers of Jesus did not accept those rituals as part of Christianity. As a result, before his return to Rome, Paul sent the Christian church there a long letter detailing the teachings of Jesus. This is one of the most important books of the Bible, because it is a comprehensive outline of the foundations of the Christian faith.
Paul’s letter is known as the book of Romans. This is not a difficult book to read and understand; however, it is so packed with information you would be well advised to slow down and take your time digesting each chapter. This is a book about the righteousness of God, how God rescues the world through Jesus; and most importantly, this is a story about unity.
Below is a link to a series of blog post on the book of Romans that will help you digest each chapter. Each post takes less than 5 minutes to read. I pray you will be blessed by these brief Bible studies.
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Let Jesus Take Control
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” Galatians 2:20
When we let go of self-control and take hold of God-control our lives make a dramatic change for the better. ... See MoreSee Less