In January, we read through Paul’s letter to the Colossians, and this month we are reading Paul’s letter addressed to a specific believer in the Colossian church — Philemon– written at about the same time. Paul’s intent with this letter was to restore a broken relationship through the transforming power of the love of Christ. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
6 I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.
Effective Sharing | Rebecca Hoyt
My Bible notes that before the 3rd century, house churches were the most common gathering for a group of believers. Many women and men in the early church exercised the gift of hospitality to build up the body of Christ and spread the gospel. Paul calls for Philemon ‘s sharing to be effective . Sharing indicates both fellowship and generosity- genuine partnership.
I have a woman’s study Bible with notes just geared toward women. The word “effective” carries the sense of active and productive . A Christian woman’s faith is infused with life and productivity as the great blessings residing in her are used for the glory of Christ, such as a ministry of hospitality. Paul identifies this faith as effective for Christ.
Dear Father, thank You for family time this weekend. Thank You for allowing me to pray with my family and every chance I get to praise You to them and share what I’m learning. Please help them to be open to learning about You so I can be effective in teaching them about You.
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