Jesus Creed

Phoebe.jpgWe need to string together a few texts from Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

2: 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.

4:2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the
, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose
names are in the book of life.

4:15 Moreover,
as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with
the gospel
, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with
me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need.

Clearly one of Paul’s emphases in gospel work is partnership. He found friends and supporters of the gospel he preached. Both men and women — and some simply refuse to acknowledge the equality he gives women in gospel work in this text. This included Lydia, Acts 16:13-15, who was herself a leader in the church at Philippi, and Phoebe (from Romans 16).

And Paul’s gospel work needed — and it still does today (support gospel work) — financial support. That is the point in the last text.

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