True Biblical Partnership
“What might the church look like today if our mindset was, no matter what I will live for God’s glory and nothing will rob me of my joy in Christ Jesus? …. In this letter, Paul seems to be saying emphatically, no matter what, be joyful. No matter what, be content! No matter what, have confidence in the Lord Jesus. And no matter what, glorify God in all circumstances!” David Rogers, Sermon Series Notes
Philippians 4:10-23 ESV
What does true biblical partnership look like:
1. Genuine Concern (v.10-13)
" I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.  Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me." (ESV)
2. Sacrificial Support (v.14-16)
" Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.  And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only.  Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again." (ESV)
“Gospel partnerships inevitably involve financial partnerships, for what we value most is making much of Christ and spreading his fame.” P.193, ESV Comm. Jason C. Meyer
3. God will be Pleased (v.17-20)
" Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.  I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.  And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen." (ESV)
LIFEGROUP NOTES SESSION 14
NO MATTER WHAT!
What might the church look like today if our mindset was, no matter what I will live for God’s glory and nothing will rob me of my joy in Christ Jesus?
BIBLE STUDY NOTES Philippians3:1-2, 18
Does Christian joy die when sorrows abound?
What are some places in scripture that have brought you joy in the midst of sorrow?
What are some times in your life where there has been suffering but even in the midst of suffering there has been joy?