November 21

It’s Thankful Thursday, and we have so much to thank God for.

  • Philippians 1:1-6 Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

We looked at some negative traits within churches yesterday so that we can identify & eradicate them. Philippians had two main issues going on when Paul wrote to them:

  1. 4:2-3 Paul calls out Euodia and Syntche by name for the disunity they have brought into the church, and urges them to come once again to Christian unity (because internal church strife not only dishonors God, but will surely destroy the church from within).
  2. 1:28 tells us that there are external pressures against this church. If you read about how it was founded in Acts 16, there was opposition to the work from the onset.

But, what does Paul start off with? “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you”. He thanks God for this dear church, even if it is imperfect. He knows the character of the Lord, and His dedication to His people, and with that Paul tells them that he’s “confident…He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

And, he thanks God for this church all the time. Notice, it’s not random, it’s not occasional, but “in all remembrance” which indicates Paul is praising and thanking God for this church a lot! They had served the Gospel well, they had supported him while he was in prison, they had been a personal blessing to Paul in his life and ministry.

  1. If Paul had founded Waikoloa Baptist and then moved on to plant more churches, and some years later was writing a letter to us:
    1. Would he be thankful for us? ____________________________
      1. Or would we be a sad example of apathy, selfishness, compromise, etc.? ________________________________
    2. Would he find cause to name any of us for disunity? ___________________________________________________
    3. Would he find us faithful in the midst of trials from those opposing the Gospel? __________________________________
  2. When you pray, do you thank God for:
    1. Your church? ________________________________________
    2. Your pastors? _______________________________________
    3. Keikiland Ministry? ___________________________________
    4. Keikiland’s Director and teachers? _______________________
    5. Fellow members by name? ______________________________
    6. The hard work many put into various ministries? _____________
  3. Today, let’s thank God for our church family, and ask Him to show us how we can continually participate in the gospel like the Philippians did.
    1. And, participating in the Gospel has three primary means of involvement:
      1. Financially (such as Operation Christmas Child, our Keikiland Christmas tree, Missions offerings, etc.)
      2. Personally (i.e. your direct witness to the lost)
  • And prayerfully as you petition God for the ministries of WBC and those within other local churches (such as Pastors Mar Ramones & Shane Miura), for State, National, and Foreign Missions.
  1. Thank Him for His II. Peter 3:9 patient delay in returning which means He is still working in the world, He is still working in His churches, and He still has lost sheep to call to the fold.