The church is made up of natural enemies, what binds us together is not common education, common race, common income levels, common politics, common nationalities, common ancient, common jobs, or anything else of that sort. Christians come together because they have all been saved by Jesus Christ. They are a band of natural enemies who love one another for Jesus’ sake.
-D. A. Carson
January 21, 2013, I walked through one of the most difficult times of my life. My dad (my hero) lost his battle to esophageal cancer. Through this battle, I witnessed my dad’s faith like never before. From the time of his diagnosis to his last breath, he trusted the Lord. My dad was quick to share his faith with his doctors and just as ready to share the reason for the peace he had through that season.
I remember the few days in between my father’s passing and the funeral, our house continually being full of food and people. I had never seen love in such an incredible way. Being in ministry for the last twenty years, I was very comfortable being on the giving side of this love; however, being on the receiving side was overwhelming. I had a front-row seat in witnessing what the church should look like, and it was life-changing.
In this text, we see that Paul is writing a letter to a church in Philippi. Paul is saying every time I think of you, I, Paul, am moved with joy. I thank my God for you because we have this partnership, this koinonia, this community. It is not just community in and of itself; it is based on something profound; it is something that transcends our culture, our ethnic background, it is based on the Gospel. This koinonia must mirror the Gospel.
The Gospel will be advanced when we show the world what true koinonia looks like. When Paul writes this letter to the church of Philippi, he is confident that the Gospel will advance. Paul’s confidence is through the Philippian’s koinonia. This group of people kept loving on one another, shepherding one another, and just doing life together. It was this koinonia that got me through the toughest season of life so far. I am forever grateful for the koinonia that God has allowed FBA to experience. May we never take that for granted.
John 17:20 Will you pray today that God will protect the koinonia of FBA? Will you pray that the Gospel will be spread because of our koinonia?