When you read the book of Philippians you will find out how important relationships are in our spiritual journey. Here are key points from a roundtable discussion on Philippians on Sunday, Jan. 31, during Green Bay Community Church worship services:
*The author of this New Testament book, Paul, doesn't just acknowledge the "important" people. He recognizes "ordinary" people as well.
*Are you grateful for the people in your life? It's important in the moment to say: 'I appreciate you. I'm grateful for you in my life.'
*Am I surrounded by people who support me, who see God's work and know that I'm on a journey, who trust that God is at work in me?
*We need more people who want to draw us closer to Christ.
*Look at Paul's attitude: He longs for fellow believers with all the affection of Christ Jesus. He paused and said: 'I see a good work that has begun in you.'
*Our challenge is that if someone spends time with us, they should be drawn closer to Christ.
*Paul's mission was for other people, even in the midst of his own personal suffering. It wasn't about him; it was about others.
*Paul gave himself away for the sake of others. He was generous. Do you offer a relationship to others that is generous?
*Philippians 2.5-8 tells us to have the same attitude as Christ, to intentionally give life to others. The questions we need to ask others: How can I serve you? What do you need?
*Is the napkin of your life on your lap, ready to be served? Or is the napkin on your arm, ready to serve?
*When we complain about our circumstances, we are saying: God you are not managing my life properly.
*God teaches us through relationships, which can stretch our faith.
*Paul points out in Chapter 3 that our most important relationship is knowing Christ Jesus. All else pales in comparison.
*Paul was an encourager. Who can you encourage today? Paul was thankful for those who supported him. Take the gifts God has given you and support others.