Warren Weirsbe of insightfully said, “The Christian life is not a playground; it is a battleground. We are sons in the family, enjoying the fellowship of the gospel (Phil. 1:1–11); we are servants sharing in the furtherance of the gospel (Phil. 1:12–26); but we are also soldiers defending the faith of the gospel. And the believer with the single mind can have the joy of the Holy Spirit even in the midst of battle.
Critical to warfare, whether in the seen or unseen realm, is UNIT COHESION. Unit cohesion is a military concept, defined by one former United States Chief of staff in the early 1980s as “the bonding together of soldiers in such a way as to sustain their will and commitment to each other, the unit, and mission accomplishment, despite combat or mission stress”.
The church in Philippi, was a small but godly militia tasked with advancing the Gospel. They were struggling and Paul knew it. They could only triumph by maintaining unit cohesion. Maintaining it would allow them to STAND AGAINST OPPOSITION FROM OUTSIDE, (1:27-30); and STAND AGAINST DISSENSION FROM WITHIN, (2:1-4).
God has called Crosspoint to advance the Gospel of God. We too must know how to maintain unit cohesion if we wish to accomplish our mission.
This Sunday our focus will be General Paul’s orders to the Crosspoint Militia.
See you Sunday!