Re:Verse reading–Acts 16:11-34 (day five)
In our Re:Verse passage this week, the work and ministry that establishes the church in Philippi begins. Years later the major theme in Paul’s letter to the believers in Philippi would be JOY. “ Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you.” “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” Joy was something these Christians had seen firsthand when Paul and Silas were there. So, when Paul encourages them to have joy, they knew what it looked like. I suspect they remembered events from Acts 16.
Faithfully sharing the Gospel- 6:13-14 (“things spoken by Paul”)
Acting with courage- 6:18-19 (Paul confronted wrongdoing and evil)
Worship during suffering and persecution- 6:25 (“praying and singing hymns of praise”)
Service and Ministry to others 6:33-34 (“washed their wounds”, “set food before them”)
What would this kind of joy look like in our hearts and lives in 2017?