I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Philippians 1:3-5 ESV)
The English Standard Version translates the word koinonia as partnership in verse 5. More often in the New Testament, this word is translated as “fellowship.” Here, though, the idea of partnership is appropriate given the context. The word koinonia can imply a close association involving friendship, but it also can relate to generosity. Paul is grateful for the Philippians’ commitment to financially support the ministry.
As your new pastor, I want to say thank you for your partnership in the gospel. In the month of December, you gave $169,691 to the Ministry Fund and $38,756 to the Faith Promise Fund. This generosity does so much more than simply “keep the lights on.” You are giving generously to the spread of the gospel in both the northwest quadrant of Oklahoma City as well as the entire world. The Missions Committee is especially grateful to you for your generosity.
I have said it before, but I’ll say it again. Metropolitan is an easy congregation to love. I am so grateful to be your pastor. I am so thankful to serve you, pray for you, exhort you, and challenge you with obedience related to the gospel.
I am confident that God will complete the good work He has started at MBC (Philippians 1:6) as you work out your salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). That good work is yet to be completed at Metropolitan.