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Therefore + parakaleo (I urge) + addressed person(s) + infinitive verb = purpose of letter
Examples of Formula
- Romans 12:1 - Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices
- 1 Corinthians 4:16 - Therefore I urge you to imitate me.
- Ephesians 4:1 - I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
- 1 Peter 2:11- I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
Who Are They?
- Euodia Good Luck
- Syntyche Fortunate or Success
- They were fellow workers with Paul and others.
- They contended at his side
- Influential in the congregation
The Loyal Yokefellow
- Pauls wife (Lydia?)
- The husband or brother of either Euodia or Syntyche
- The bishop of Philippi
- A proper name - Syzygos
Paul and Philippians
- They were the only church to support Paul in his mission to Macedonia
- Team talk synathlein (v. 3)
- Unity talk Shared in support and shared in troubles (v. 14)
- Is it a spirit and attitude?
- Is it a plan or movement?
- Story of the 1832 Union in Lexington, Kentucky
West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Evening Sermon, 24 February 2008
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