Sermon: Partners in the Gospel (Philippians 1:1-11)
God created human beings for relationships. Even from the very beginning, before sin had spoiled the perfection of creation in the Garden of Eden, God identified only one thing that was not good: Adam’s solitude (Gen. 2:18). Our yearning for relationship runs so deep that sociologists and scientists have observed that we literally die without relational attachments.
But in what kind of relationships should we be seeking? How do we get them? Why do we always feel so lonely, and what should we do about it?
In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, the Apostle gives us a glimpse into the church with whom he was closest relationally. Although the Philippians have struggles and challenges that we will explore over the course of this sermon series, we begin in Philippians 1:1–11 with a peek into the way Paul approaches the people, partnerships, and prayer of his ministry.