A Joyful Partnership

Fifth Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

READ : Philippians 1:1-5

This month’s reflections focus on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Acts 16 records the founding of the church in Philippi. In response to a vision of a man in Macedonia begging him, “Come over and help us,” the Apostle Paul and his companions, Timothy, Silas, and Luke, set sail for Macedonia and arrived at the strategically located, prosperous Roman colony of Philippi. Their stay, while brief, was significant. When they departed, they left behind a new church, which seems to have been Paul’s favorite.

Writing from prison (probably in Rome), Paul expresses his joy over the Philippians’ “partnership”


in the work of the gospel.

“A Joyful Partnership.” Those words also apply to the relationship we staff share with each other and the members of Fifth Reformed Church. Although some have moved on since the time staff were asked to write this month’s devotions, Paul’s letter re-emphasizes the joy we believers experience in the partnership of the gospel.

written by Jim Zinger


Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; in you we trust through all the turmoils of this world. Amen.