- Read Acts 16 here, and read 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 here.
- If you missed Sunday’s sermon (5 October) you can listen to it here.
We’re beginning a new series of sermons that will spend the next 8 or so weeks studying Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. This week’s sermon discussed the beginnings of the church in Philippi, and the church’s broader role in the Christian community as described in Acts 16 and 2 Corinthians 8. This is a general reminder of the importance of understanding the broad context of what we read. Even without studying encyclopedias and other historical resources we benefit by reading Paul’s letters in the context of Acts. (Although it is helpful to know that Philippi is in the region of Macedonia.) Each church has a different story thus each letter has a different context.
Reading the Old Testament in this way will also prove beneficial. Reading some of the prophets by themselves is a good thing, but we gain extra insight by reading some of the historical books (Samuel, Kings, Chronicles) alongside them in order to gain a larger view of the historical context.
How do you usually picture the New Testament churches that Paul writes to? Do you find them easy to relate to? Does your picture come mostly from history, Acts, or the letters themselves?