Philippians 4:2–3 (NIV): 2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
In today's 2-minute Bible study podcast, Paul calls two women out on the carpet for causing division within the church body in Philippi.
Do you think those ladies had any idea that their names would be in the Bible for all of us to read about their problem 2,000 years later? Paul never says what the issue was, but we can assume that their problem caused division within the church.
Because throughout Paul's letter, he pleads with the church to remain unified.
Listen to this 2-minute Bible study as we step back into time and imagine the scene as if we were there.
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
For weeks, we’ve been studying Paul’s teaching that we are to have the mind of Christ. Meaning that we are to have the same attitude as Christ did when he humbled himself and became a man who came to serve rather than be served.
Now, Paul was a brilliant person. And if you study his letters, you find that he carefully crafted his words AND his prayers. He always seemed to lay down a solid foundation in his letter and then progressively built upon it to establish his case against a problem within the church he was writing to.
And for the church in Philippi, Paul created his case for the need to remain unified and humble as a church body to avoid division. Now, when letters were delivered in those days, they had a messenger that would bring the letter and publicly read it.
So, imagine this scene. You’re inside the house church where you meet regularly as members quiet down, excited to hear Paul’s letter. And as the messenger reads the letter, the people nod their heads in agreement. Maybe you’d even hear an “Amen, brother Paul.” And then I picture two women there, probably on opposite sides of the room listening intently to every word. And then boom, they hear Paul call them on the carpet here in Philippians 4:2-3, “I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.”
Oh, snap. So, here’s Euodia and Syntyche - two prominent women in the church who co-labored with Paul 10 years ago when he started the church in Philippi. And now years later they’re allowing a personal issue to weaken and divide the church body, and Paul pleads with them to be of the same mind.
So, your simple Truth today: Disunity within the Church will destroy the integrity of our testimony. If you have a conflict with someone in the church, ask God to give you a humble and willing spirit to resolve the issue.
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