Remembering Each Other

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      04/26/20
"Remembering Each Other”
Philippians 1:3-11
INTRODUCTION: When tragedy strikes, it is common to hear people say, “My thoughts and my prayers are with you.”  Politicians are known to repeat this expression after a tornado strikes a city or another school shooting takes place. The intent is good, but the phrase seems old and worn and can be taken as just another attempt to express sympathy without any real desire to change things. Some have even gone so far as to say, “Don’t give me your thoughts and prayers. Do something about it.” They suggest prayer is not doing anything. The Apostle Paul had a different view: Prayer is everything. After the initial greeting in the Letter to the Philippians, he starts his letter with thanksgiving and prayer for his friends in Philippi. He wants them to know how grateful he is for them and his deepest desires for them as God’s people. We need to remember each other with thanksgiving and prayer especially if we have been apart for a while.
*Be thankful for fellowship in Christ. “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” (1:3-5).
*Be thankful for their faithfulness in serving Christ. “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (1:6).
*Be thankful for their friendship in the cause of Christ. “It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus” (1:7-8).

*Pray that your friend be more loving“For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more…” (1:8-9).
*Pray that your friend be more discerning. “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent…” (1:9-10).
*Pray that your friend be pure and innocent of wrongdoing. “and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ” (1:10).
*Pray that your friend be fruitful in good works. “filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (1:11).
We may not be able to be with each other, but we can always give thanks and pray for one another.
Pray for someone today and let them know that you did.