“[Stand] firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents” (Philippians 1:27b-28a).
Synod isn’t an common word. In the Greek language, it means “walking together.” God’s Word calls His people to walk together. We “Faith Lutherans” walk together with fellow Missouri Synod Lutherans and with our sister church bodies around the world.
However, St. Paul isn’t just talking about these formal partnerships. He’s reminding us that no Christian is meant to be a lone ranger! God brings us together in His Church so that we’ll strive side by side for the Good News of Jesus, we’ll provide and draw support for one another, and we’ll live fearlessly, knowing that our Lord and our fellow members of Christ’s body are walking with us.
God’s people and God’s truth will always have their opponents, but don’t focus on them! Focus on the support God provides through fellow believers walking with us! Look around this weekend as you worship – see that you are not alone. God puts people at your side.
Lord Jesus, thank You for the blessing of Your Body, the Church. Amen.