When A Partnership Grows Strong

triangleThis past Sunday, Pastor Alvin Louie concluded his series on the book of Philippians by preaching on Philippians 4:10-23. He shared that the whole theme of Philippians is a partnership between Paul, the missionary, and the local church to advance the gospel. Paul explains this partnership as the strongest possible bond, which can be illustrated by an equilateral triangle. The bottom left point of the triangle represents Paul as the recipient of the Philippians’ gifts. In Philippians 4:10-14, Paul was remembered by the church at Philippi and he compliments them for their generosity. He also shares with them his view of life: he can be content with what he has, whether in plenty or in want, because of God’s strength.

The bottom right point of the triangle represents the Philippian church as the giver. In Paul’s mind, they really stood out. Not one church shared with him in the matter of giving and receiving except for them. Also, they didn’t give only a one-time gift, but they continued to give again and again. Paul gratefully accepts and acknowledges these gifts and is blessed by them. But he also tells them that they too will be blessed. Even Jesus declared in Acts 20:35, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

The top of the triangle is God, the supplier of all good things. God will supply all the needs of the Philippians, and God will get all the glory in giving.