We have come into this placed gathered in His name
To worship Him , Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior
I greet and proclaim and extend this call to you all – my companions , brothers and sisters in Christ . I want to read this passage to you and greet you the way Paul greeted the Philippians in His closing appeal for Steadfastness and Unity among them.
Philippains 4 verse 1-9

Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity

1Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

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.

Final Exhortations

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! All within me Praise His Holy Name. We are believers gather in His name- to worship and to praise him for who He is and what He has done for us. We believe in God the Father, Jesus Chris His Son and in the Holy Spirit.

We believe that God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Hence, we also give our all to Him, our hearts, our minds, our resources =, our all. We give our all. Chantelle will share a message regarding the giving to us. It will be out of Luke 16:10 and Mark 12:41-44.

I invite you to sing “the Creed” with me. As we proclaim with fellow brothers and sisters what we believe – and if you are here for the first time and you have never proclaimed Jesus as Lord over all – I invite you to have a listen to the lyrics and to the voice of the Lord- that He may do His perfect work also in your life

Because , God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

This I Believe (The Creed) Lyric Video

Let us pray
God , we thank You for loving us so much! So much that You gave your only begotten Son- Jesus Christ so that we can come into an eternal relationship with You!
May Recieve our giving , may You be pleased with Us your servants. Amen

Time for the giving . ( If you are joining us online or elsewhere and you would like to subscribe to our online giving _ our banking details is to be found on the website )

Lets praise and worship the Lord by means of singing these songs
1. Good good father lyrics chris tomlin

  1. Whole Heart (Hold Me Now) [Live] – Hillsong UNITED
  2. Spirit Lead Me (Lyrics) ~ Michael Ketterer & Influence Music

Prayer _  God, you are a Good Good Father! We thank you for the Love. We can never do or say anything that will ever come close to what You do and say over us! Thank you that sin has no hold on my anymore because its your grace that holds us now. Thank you that your grace holds the place in our hearts! As we stand here in-front of You – hold our hearts now and forever Lord. Father we pray for a revelation of who You are to those who do not yet know – that those who are gathered here toning that have never met you or may have had an encounter with you in the past but due to “religion” they never wanted to enter the doors of Church again- but tonight we trust that You will do a perfect work in all of us! Amen.

Let us continue to read the message that the Lord has given to us tonight!

Philippians 4 lets read now from verse 5

5 Let our gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

My True Companion. That is who you are my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord.

2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3Yes, 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.

We see in the text that Paul mentions those important figures whom have worked with him- but he pleads with them to be of the same mind in the Lord.

_My true companion are you – here today- of the same mind in the Lord ? Or are we fighting each other ? Are we disrupted in the work of God by a brother or a sister that is not. Lets look at this story closely.

Who is Clement in Philippians?

Also Dionysius of Corinth and Irenaeus of Lyon both viewed Clement as a monarchial bishop who intervened in the dispute in the church of Corinth. Starting in the 3rd and 4th century, tradition has identified him as the Clement that Paul mentioned in Philippians 4:3, a fellow laborer in Christ.

Question: “Who were Euodia and Syntyche in the Bible?”

Answer: Euodia and Syntyche are two women mentioned in only one short passage in the Bible: “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” (Philippians 4:2–3).

It seems that Euodia and Syntyche had worked directly with Paul to spread the gospel throughout the city of Phillipi, although it is unclear in what manner.

The church had begun at a women’s prayer meeting (Acts 16:11–15), and it is quite possible that Euodia and Syntyche were part of that original group.

The one thing we know for sure is that these two women were at odds with each other. It is likely the brawl was a public one, due to the fact that Paul had heard about it even though he was currently in a Roman prison “in chains” (Philippians 1:13). Two women fighting in this manner would have put the unity of the believers in Philippi in jeopardy, so it was important for Paul to address the bickering in his letter to the church.

Unity among believers is a common theme in the Bible (see Psalm 133:1; John 17:23; 1 Peter 3:8). Paul himself spoke about unity in several of his letters (1 Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 4:11–13; Colossians 3:13–14). In fact, Paul’s plea for addressing the problem was for each member of the church at Philippi to be united in helping Euodia and Syntyche live peaceably with one other (Philippians 2:3).

My true companion_ are you living with unity among other believers?

What can we learn from Euodia and Syntyche? Their example shows that even those who have worked together for the cause of Christ can have disagreements. It also shows the importance of treating one another with love, compassion, and long-suffering (Ephesians 4:31; John 13:34–35). A church warring with itself is in danger of losing its testimony to outsiders. Euodia and Syntyche needed to be “of the same mind in the Lord,” and the other church members were to do all that was necessary to heal the breach. They were all fellow-laborers in the Lord’s work, and their names were all part of the book of life.

Because the church is made up of sinners (albeit forgiven ones), there will be times when division occurs. In these cases, Scripture gives instructions on how to work toward peace. Some of those instructions are found in the very epistle sent to Euodia and Syntyche’s church: “Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others” (Philippians 2:2–4). Never does God’s Word allow for gossip, arguing, and fighting over personal matters in the church, in the student house, in the fellowship of believers – anywhere we go! God is all about letting the peace that is within Him also be the peace that is in us and that it leads to us praying to Him, making petition with thanksgiving to Him.

Instead, believers are to encourage one another as we prepare for Christ’s return (Hebrews 10:25). The peace God provides to us transcends all understanding and will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.
-My true companion

 

5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus

8Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

My true companion may what is true, noble , right , pure , lovely and admirable be who you are in all things. I pray that this is what is on your heart always my true companion! May God always be with you as you live as a true companion. Amen.