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If You Really Care, Share

To begin the new year we are starting on Wednesdays with a 5 part series from Philippians 4 about the Pathway to Success.

Today is part Four and we are talking about If You Really Care, Share. 


Philippians 4:14-19 (ESV) 

14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 

15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 

16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 

17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.

18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 

19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.


The Church at Philippi cared for Paul, so they shared with him.

Their generosity warmed Pauls heart, and he thanked them graciously.

Paul appreciated their gifts not just for his own sake but because of what the gifts meant to the Philippians themselves.

He implicitly believed that money given for the work of Christ blesses those who give as much as those who receive.

Remember, it was Paul who passed on the familiar words of Jesus, in Acts 20:35 (ESV)

35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Paul made a similar remark to his generous friends in Philippi.

Usually we start at the point of a church’s needs when we talk about giving.

Paul started at a different point, the relationship of a believer to Christ.

Because a person is “in Christ”, he or she will give, the results will help both the one who receives and the one who gives.

This is one of the big reasons that at The Refinery we don’t do giving messages each week, we believe that the Christian should have the revelation of giving and not need to be told to.

  1. Thee basis of sharing, Caring.

Evidence shows that the Philippian church cared deeply for Paul.

Because of this care, they shared.

Caring is always the basis of effective sharing, we care for missions, so we share, we care about evangelism, so we share, we care about the christian education of young people, so we share.

Caring, or love, is the highest motive in christian giving.

Our whole basis of caring is that Someone cared enough for us to die on a cross for us.

2. The results of sharing.

Notice the statement in verse seventeen.

Paul suggested that money given to the work of Christ builds up a credit account that yields dividends far more than the amount invested.

Since we all want our money to yield the best possible return, here is a way that our money can bear returns for eternity.

A. What money enables people to do together.

In verse 15 Paul indicated that the church had entered into a partnership with him.

Giving as a church allows us to enter into a partnership with one another that strengthen our Christian witness and ministry.

B. What money does for those that receive it.

Money given in Christ’s name creates gratitude in the hearts of those who receive it.

C. What money does for those who give it.

Money becomes for those that give it an acceptable sacrifice to God.

We are no longer obligated to offer animal sacrifices to God, because His Son paid the price for our sin.

We know that what God wants is the sacrifice of ourselves, the giving of our lives to Him.

This is what we do in Christian giving.

Our money represents ourselves.

D. What money allows God to do for us.

Paul asserted that God will meet our needs.

In Paul’s case, He did this through the gifts donated by the Philippian church.

No gift that is shared in Christ’s name will make the giver poorer.

We draw our entire sustenance from God anyway.


Sharing because of caring becomes a way of life.

It brings tremendously rich dividends to those who practice it.

Until next time

Stay in the Blessings


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