One of the themes that run through the book of Philippians is fellowship. This theme is identified in part very clearly by the repetition of the Greek preposition sun, which means “with.” Notice the many different ways Paul shows what Christian fellowship looks like in the book of Philippians: “partakers” (1:7); “striving together” (1:27); “one accord” (2:2); “rejoice with” (2:17-18); “fellow labourer” and “fellow soldier” (2:25); “followers together” (3:17); “yoke fellow” (4:3); “communicate with me” (4:14). How much more attractive and enjoyable would the church of Christ be and how much more effective in this world if we could display this calibre of Christian fellowship. We should look for ways to implement this type of fellowship in our respective congregations.
Reading: “Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.”—Philippians 1:7