I am writing this article to address an issues that I have observed over the years in the ministry. I have been ministering since 1999 and have worked with many different people in the context of ministry. I praise the Lord that in that same year that I began the ministry, I met my future wife and she introduced me to my spiritual mentor(s). As I began to be trained in the ministry, I was surrounded by husband/wife teams who ministered together. I met men who had been blessed with awesome suitable helpers who helped them in every aspect of their lives, including the ministry. I was amazed to see them work so well together. Continue reading
As I prepare to teach Philippians 4 tonight, I am excited about all that God is going to teach us. God has done some awesome things over the past 10 weeks and I am excited to see what He is going to continue doing. The previous lesson dealt with pressing on to the goal of knowing Christ intimately. It was neat to be challenged in our relationship with Christ. This week, we are going to take a look at the overview of Philippians 4.
In order to understand the chapter, we need to get some context. The theme of the epistle is found in Philippians 4:4. Philippians teaches us how to rejoice in every circumstance of life. In chapter 1, we rejoice by preaching the Gospel in every circumstance of life. In chapter 2, we rejoice by having the attitude of Christ in every circumstance of life. In chapter 3, we rejoice by knowing Jesus Christ intimately. Now, in chapter 4, we rejoice by doing all things through Christ who enables us. Continue reading