Any time money comes between two people the potential for rifts, misunderstandings, and conflict is very real. The Philippians had supported Paul financially above and beyond the call of duty, but Paul had to clear some things up with them about their generous gifts they gave him. This passage must be understood through the social norms of the day in that friendship involved “giving and receiving” gifts. When given a gift it was expected you would reciprocate. Paul wanted break this mentality and make sure they understood that when they gave him money they were giving to God. Paul wanted them to know that when he gave them the gospel it was from God through Paul. Today’s teaching will give us numerous insights about stewardship and supporting missionaries.
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