September 3, 2015
In today’s QT, Paul says he’s torn between living in the body vs. departing and being with Christ. He prefers to depart the body and be with Christ, but says that it’s better for the Philippians that he remains in the body and continue with their progress in the faith. These verses essentially lay out the purpose of life, which is to not only spread the gospel to those who have never heard it, but to nurture the gospel to those who have received it. Evil comes from all directions, including within ourselves to destroy the faith, and separate us from God and his peace. We so easily forget, and so easily fall, and despair. We have to encourage each other and grow and nurture each other’s faith. And through this nurtured faith, we can spread the gospel and testify.
Application: encourage brothers & sisters in the faith