It is a beautiful thing when you see a group of people striving side by side for a worthy cause that is far bigger than the individuals who make up the group. One example in the sports world is that of an offensive or defensive line on a football team. They come out of the huddle with a unified plan. They are of one mind, literally side by side, with the goal of gaining a first down or scoring a touch-down.
The Apostle Paul gives far better examples of such an endeavor in his letter to the Philippian church. One example is in chapter one where he encourages his readers to stand firm in one spirit, “with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel” (1:27). Another example is in chapter four where he mentions women in the church at Philippi who had “labored side by side with him in the gospel.” The apostle wanted his readers to strive side by side “for the faith of the gospel.” The women that he mentioned labored side by side with Paul “in the gospel.”
The “gospel” is the good news of what God has done through Jesus Christ to rescue a dead, lost, hell-bent and hell-destined humanity and to bring them to himself with a new life, a new heart, a new disposition and a new destination of everlasting peace, joy and love. The gospel is not a call for us to do something for God, but the an-nouncement of what God has done for us and for the world in Jesus Christ. And in the little time he gives believers to live in this world, he gives us the opportunity, the privilege and the responsibility of being co-laborers with Him and of striving side by side with other believers for the faith of the gospel.
We have some wonderful opportunities to do that at Wake Chapel Church. Make yourself available to the Lord, the Head of the church, and to one another as members of His body to strive side by side for the faith of the gospel.
On His team by grace,