One of the great gifts of the Christian life is the gift of gospel friendship. We were not made to live this life alone and being faithful to Christ in a world of sin, hardship, and disappointment is challenging, to say the least. The apostle Paul writes to the church at Philippi to express his great joy in their deep friendship and sacrificial partnership in his life and ministry. He writes them, not only to thank them but also to encourage them to not let their dedication to one another to waver.
People have disappointed them. Disagreements inevitably come. However, one of the great joys of being a Christian is having other Christians in your corner helping you to live for and to love Christ supremely. Over the next while, we are going to study Paul’s friendship letter to the Philippians and we are going to learn what real gospel friendships look like. Are you wanting a good gospel friend? Are you willing to be one?