Philippians 1:1
Unified Servants, Saints, Leaders

Philippians 1 1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:”

Philippians has been called the Epistle of Joy. The Christian life is meant to be radiant and joyful. The Lord’s people ought to be a joyful people. The introduction of the first eleven verses is like the avenue leading to a big house. The beginning of the work is recorded in Acts 16:7-10. The Lord’s way of reaching people is through the obedience of the servant. In Philippi it depended on Paul’s obedience. God closed one door and opened another. We are very familiar with the truth of forgiveness but have almost come to the place where it doesn’t really matter whether we obey God or not. If I can simply turn to 1Jn.1:9 and confess my sin, why worry about obedience. If we were willing to go out and simply do what we know God wants us to do, revival would break out here. The whole situation in any given assembly depends on the obedience of a servant. There wouldn’t be an assembly if someone was not willing to be an obedient servant.

There is something very special when people are agreed,
You feel very drawn to them especially when in need
Their advice and fellowship you really want to heed,
Because there seems no evidence of selfishness or greed.

Two preachers that are unified have important things to say.
There seems to be real evidence, before they preach, they pray.
The truths passed on yesterday you see them live today,
And you are quite confident they really know the way.

When brothers and sisters all gather together in one place,
If unity is there you are glad to see each person’s happy face.
And when you talk together and the life of faith you trace,
When the time comes to go away, again we are amazed at grace.

The spiritual leaders are quick to know the state of all the sheep.
They recognize the Chief Shepherd has placed them there to keep
The lambs from straying off the path into treacherous places deep,
And they care that all are safe and fed before they go to sleep.

The deacons before they make some plans are sure of what they do.
They are aware that what is taught must be scriptural and true.
The teachings must be tested before allowing anything new;
They have carefully considered all before their talk is finally through.

A properly functioning church is beautiful to see.
Each one considers they are where the Lord wants them to be.
The gifts have a place and room to function in full entirety;
And each individual knows there is place in this church for me.

“O Lord God of the saints: truly there is joy and thanksgiving when an assembly of Thy people are walking and working under divine guidance. If there is some way I can promote such effectiveness, please show me, teach me and guide me, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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