Philippians 4:1-4

We’re currently in a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

In today’s section Paul addresses a very specific problem in the Philippian church. While we are not told if the tension between the two women mentioned in the letter was ever resolved I have taken some creative liberty and written it up as it may have happened. Given that Paul has such confidence in the Philippians I think this might be at least plausible!

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Philippians 4:4-9

We’re currently in a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

We’re nearly done! In today’s section Paul returns to one of the key themes of the epistle: joy!

Paul – I cannot tell you how often I have prayed for Euodia and Syntyche over the last six weeks since Epaphroditus set out. It is such an important issue for them to address. I am confident, however, that they will resolve their differences and that the cause of the gospel will not be hindered. In fact, I am certain that they will be mature enough in Christ to embrace humility and to set aside their grievances.

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Philippians 4:10-23

Today we conclude a series by guest writer Marc Rader, in the book of Philippians. It’s written as a dialogue between Paul and Clement (an imaginary member of the Philippian church.)

Well, we’re at the end! I hope you’ve enjoyed this imaginative journey through Philippians. In this last section Paul thanks the Philippians for their financial partnership with him but in typical fashion takes the opportunity to teach on contentment.

Paul – There was, however, one last things to say. I’d kept it til last so that it was the final word – a word of thanks!

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