Courage to Encourage #14 - Wrapping It Up (Philippians 4:15-23)Bo Grace, July 24, 2016
Part of the Courage To Encourage series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
One of the greatest challenges in many things we do is beginning and ending. For a pilot it is the takeoff and landing. For a teacher, it is beginning the lesson and bringing it to a close. In sermon preparation, it is the beginning and the ending. In writing a letter it is how you start and how you finish. We come to the conclusion of Paul’s letter to the Philippians. What he says at the end is of equal importance to the beginning or middle. He does not want to leave anything out as he pens these final words for the prison cell.
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15Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. 16For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. 17Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. 18But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. 19But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 21Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. 22All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household. 23The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (KJV)