“Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.”
As this letter comes to a close, Paul is careful to thank the Philippian church for their generosity. On numerous occasions they had sent aid to Paul, enabling him to continue in the ministry. Although he was not their pastor, they placed a high value on the activities he was undertaking for the kingdom, and sent financial support, as he took the Gospel around the world. Because of the sensitivity of the subject of giving, Paul is careful to sandwich it between two very important ministry principles.
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content . . .”
Paul was not looking at ministry as a way to make a living, or live a comfortable life. He…
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