Sunday, May 27, 2018

May 27, 2018 | Pastor John Bayles | Gift, Givers and The Great Giver | Philippians 4:10-20


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May 27, 2018 | Pastor John Bayles | Gift, Givers and The Great Giver | Philippians 4:10-20

Gifts, Givers and the Giver
Philippians 4:10-20

We live in a time when giving gifts is very common and giving support gifts to non-profit ministries is a huge part of that process. Our nation appreciates this generosity and gift dollars to be tax deductible. In Paul’s day, especially in the Greco-Roman Patron context, gifts were given to purchase status and favor. As a result the gift came from the head rather than the heart. Favor was curried, lives were given political status, influence and power were the result. Here Paul is sending a thank you note to a group of people who lived in this context, but gave from their hearts to a man they loved. Paul’s comments today have been viewed by many as frosty and even ungrateful. This is far from the truth. He is giving the gift he has been given to the Savior who gave him the greatest gift, the gift of grace. In addition and particularly, he is placing the gifts he has been giving on record as being expressions of love by the Philippians. He is placing them to their credit and asking that they be viewed as an ongoing display of the Lord’s mercy, faithfulness and generosity on their account.

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