"Welcome to Philippi" for January 13, 2013

posted Jan 12, 2013, 3:40 PM by David Sincock   [ updated Jan 12, 2013, 3:42 PM ]

20 years after the death of Jesus four men traveled to a small town on the Mediterranean named after the father of Alexander the Great. Following a riot and short stint in Jail, a group of people became followers of Jesus Christ. How vastly different from us this fledgling assembly must have been. Or so we think.

Their lives in many ways would not relate to ours. Culture, technology, health care, travel, life expectancy, and a host of other differences would seem to completely separate them from any similarities to our lives.  So what does a letter written to them over 1900 years ago have that can be relevant for us today?

That is where the similarities become evident. Every age has shared with us the desire for a good life. Universally we long for happiness, love, accomplishment, purpose, etc. Equally universal are the difficulties we face. Those topics just happen to be the topics of the Book of Philipians.

This week we begin an extended study of the Biblical letter of Philippians. It is loaded with instruction that is as significant today as it was when it was written. I invite you to learn with me the principles that God says is “Living a Good Life.”