According to Barna Research published in March 2020, the number of practicing Christians decreased by half. What would the Apostle Paul say if he were here today witnessing all of the bickering, debating, and hysteria? Today's Bible Verse of the Day from Philippians 1:27 tells us. He uses a very visual soldier analogy that you miss unless you look at the original Greek language. Join us and see how to apply this verse today in 2 minutes.
Philippians 1:27b (NIV): Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.
Paul desires to go visit the Philippians again, but he knows that may not happen. So, he sends them instructions to stand together in ONE spirit and ONE purpose.
Take a look at the original language as we see Paul use a soldier analogy. Once you understand what Paul says here, this verse will gain a whole new perspective.
Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
Did you know that, according to Barna research published in March of this year, the number of practicing Christians in America has almost dropped in half since the year 2000? In half in a matter of 20 years!
Now, yesterday, we left off in Philippians 1:27 with Paul encouraging the believers in Philippi to live their lives in a way worthy of the Gospel.
Today, Paul continues by showing us what this looks like. We pick up in the second half of Philippians 1:27 with Paul saying, “Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.”
So, Paul’s in prison and he doesn’t know if he’ll ever see the Philippians again. But he says all that matters is that you stand firm.
Paul uses a term that refers to orders given to a soldier that means “stand your post.” So, instead of running away when you feel threatened or attacked by non-believers for your beliefs, you stand your ground.
The number of practicing Christians may have dropped in half since 2000, but that still leaves one-quarter of us here in America who are solid Christians. And if Paul were here today witnessing the state of our world in 2020, he’d say, you guys have got to stand together. Stand firm in ONE spirit. ONE mind. Striving together as ONE faith for the gospel.
So, your simple Truth for today: This Christian journey we’re on was never meant to be traveled alone. Let this crazy world argue and debate and fall into hysteria. Our job is to stand our post - united in ONE purpose – telling the good news of the gospel. And who knows maybe God put you here for such a time as this so that Together, we can make the Bible Great again.
I’m Julie Carruth, have a great weekend. I can’t wait to see you again very soon.