Paul organized many churches and his interest in them never ceased. Some of the churches pleased him and some disappointed him. It seems that the church of Philippi was his favorite.
Philippians 4:1 says, "Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved."
Paul felt that the church of Philippi represented the crowning work of his life and of course it brought him the greatest joy.
There are some people in every church like these Philippian Christians. People the church couldn't do without.
I. The Church Couldn't Do Without Faithful People:
Revelation 2:10 teaches us to be faithful unto death. The Bible never commends anyone for being brilliant or great, but it does commend those of great faithfulness. People like Joseph, Ruth, Abraham, Esther, Moses and many others are commended for their faith.
II. The Church Couldn't Do Without Willing People:
Christians ought to be willing to do the work of the Lord. After everything that He has done for us, we have so much to be doing for Him.
III. The Church Couldn't Do Without People of Vision:
Proverbs 29:18 "Where there is no vision the people perish..." We need a vision. A vision to see the lost saved. We need a vision for our Sunday school classes, songs, van routes, ministries and the church as a whole.
IV. The Church Couldn't Do Without Optimistic People:
Some in the church say, "We can't do that" or "We shouldn't do that". The optimist says "God helping us, we will do it."