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Dec 06, 2020 | Randy Gunter

My Joy and Gratitude for MeadowBrook

My Joy and Gratitude for MeadowBrook

Three encouraging insights of the Acts 16 narrative:

  1. Though not always in traditional ways, God is working in people's hearts through his general revelation.
  2. As revealed in Paul and Silas, hardship and suffering don't stop God's movement; it often advances it.
  3. Temporary setbacks and persecutions cannot remove the joy of Christ given to us if we stay focused on the eternal kingdom of God that is forever advancing towards completion.

Lessons to receive:

3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. (Philippians 1:3-7 ESV)

  1. Gratitude is an attitude, not a reaction.

Our reactions and attitudes that are uncharacteristic of Christ's nature are almost always the results of focusing on something temporary. When we aim to understand and treasure God's eternal purposes and ways, we are filled with gratitude regardless of the current circumstances.

Paul understood that his current difficulties didn't compare to the wonder of God using them for something far greater and glorious, something eternally valuable.

12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. (Philippians 1:12-14 ESV)

Paul’s attitude was one of joy because he trusted God and his sovereign plan. As we experience difficulties, hardships, trials, persecutions, and the like, let's stay eternally focused and filled with joy.

  1. Joy focuses on people, not things.

Paul is a praying man who prays rightly.

Reflect on your praying—the attitude reflected in your praying and your prayer subjects.

Joy will not abound if people and God's kingdom are not the focus of our praying.

 3. Deep relationships build with gospel and mission connectedness.

The strongest relationships are among people who love Christ and love one another. Paul and the Church at Philippi were partners with Christ, giving them more than a relationship; it gave them fellowship. They possessed "togetherness" that outlasted hardship, distance, and time.

Life Groups have the most fabulous potential to demonstrate being "others-focused" like this.

 Nothing builds relationships like ministering together. There are many opportunities for ministry-related partnerships at MeadowBrook. We want to help you. Let us know your eagerness by emailing us at

  1. The completion of our work and mission rests in Christ.

I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

This truth promise impacts us individually and collectively as a church.

  • You can be confident that the salvation that God started in you will be complete at the day of Jesus Christ.
  • We can be confident that the gospel ministry that the Lord calls MeadowBrook to do will be complete at the day of Jesus Christ.

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