The Bishop's Letters
Articles from September 2016
If you’re in leadership in God’s Church, you hear a lot of talk about vision, about how vital it is to have a vision, to be a visionary leader. Search Amazon for books about “church leadership and vision” and you get hundreds and hundreds of titles.
“For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance” (Philippians 1:19).
Today’s reading from the Lectionary speaks powerfully to us about God’s will and the indispensability of prayer. In his Letter to the Philippians, Paul is writing from prison. He doesn’t know if he will live or die, but either way he believes that God will work in him for his benefit. Why? Because the Philippians are praying for him: “for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance” (Philippians 1:19). That “deliverance” may come through his release or through his death. But either way, he wins, because, for him, “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (verse 21).