The Imperative of Relationships
Writing to the saints at Philippi, Paul provides a great insight into personal relationships within the early church, calling them his brothers, his beloved, longed for, joy and crown (Phil. 4:1), not terms used in a professional relationship. As their apostle he establishes a foundation of personal warmth, Godly delight, affectionate ambition, and ultimate commitment. Nowhere to be found are the formality and externalism which sometimes characterise the modern church. Let's try to rediscover the true nature of the church and the beauty of its fellowship.