Last week our P2R assignment was to memorize Philippians 1:1-6. It goes like this:
1 This letter is from Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus. I am writing to all of God’s holy people in Philippi who belong to Christ Jesus, including the elders and deacons.
2 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.
4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy,
5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.
6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
I did need a prompt or two to type that. My memory is chemically challenged with two new prescription meds. I don’t use that as an excuse, just a note that I expect these first verses to take hold as I proceed, but also as I get released from my med cycle.
You might note I am memorizing the New Living Translation not the recommended version. That’s because that’s what my Bible is. Also, I’m using a notebook already on hand, not an actual moleskin. Writing helps me commit to memory so a notebook is a useful tool.
Some notes for more study:
Verse 1: “slaves of Christ Jesus” is an interesting description and I wonder how a slave differs from a servant? Do both words indicate reluctance? Or willingness? Or dedication?
Verses 2-6 are the epitome of encouragement. Paul was an encourager! Hearing these words, surely must have built stronger faith and helped keep and cast the vision. I don’t think I ever noticed how encouraging these words were before!
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