INTRO TO PHILIPPIANS: 1:1-2 (Philippians 1:1-2)Andrew de Kanter, August 27, 2017
Part of the PHILIPPIANS series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus… - Philippians 1:1a
If someone was to ask you, “Tell me about yourself?” What would you say? Some of us would point to our careers: “I am a security guard.” Others would point to their role in their family: “I am a mother.” Some of us would point to certain characteristic of our personality: “I am a straight-shooter.” Others might point to what they enjoy: “I enjoy spending time alone.” This is to be expected when asked such an open-ended question, but how many of us would answer that we were slaves to a King?
At the beginning of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he identifies both himself and his partner in the gospel as ‘servants of Christ Jesus.’ This was Paul’s opportunity to answer the question, “Tell me about yourself?” He chose to answer that he was not his own, but that he belonged to another. The word he used could very easily be translated “slave,” but Paul and Timothy were not slaves to everybody, in fact they experienced freedom from the world in away unknown to most people. They were slaves only to the one through whom and to whom all things have been created, Jesus, the King.
How would you identify yourself? How would others identify you?
1:1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (ESV)