“Training Readily All, Immanuel Nurtures! (T.R.A.I.N)”
Ramesh C. Reddy
"Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To
all God's Holy people in Christ
Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons. Grace and
peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
(Philippians 1:1-2, NIV)
"What is your opinion of being trained by
others if you are already in a leadership position?"
I asked myself how does Paul address those receiving the letter at
To all God's Holy people
To the overseers
To the deacons
I decided to focus on points 2 & 3 today!
I asked myself what do overseers mean?
According to Dictionary.com, overseers mean
I asked myself what do deacons mean?
According to Dictionary.com, deacons mean
I asked myself the significance of Paul addressing the letter to the overseers and deacons
What I thought was both the overseers and deacons had leadership
positions at the Philippi church and Paul wanted to make sure they were
trained well so they could lead the flock of God that were put in their
As leaders of the Church at Philippi, they needed training on how to
live their lives and how to conduct themselves in light of those around
them. So, Paul is the one who takes initiative to train them and lead
them by setting an example of how he is living his life even amidst
persecution because of His love for Jesus Christ.
I asked myself what are the implications for
my own life?
No matter whether I am in
a leadership position or not, I need to always be open to be
trained by others whose training is godly and will help me live my life
the way the Lord Jesus wants me to live as I allow God's Word to be my
main basis for my training. Paul
acted as a mentor to the Church of Philippi to the saints in Christ
Jesus and the overseers and deacons. I too should look to the leadership
of those that the Lord Jesus sends my way to train me and lead me in the
Ways of the Lord just as God's Holy people, overseers, and deacons are
trained by Paul.
Just as Paul trained the saints in Christ
Jesus, the overseers, and deacons on how to live a joyful life amidst
persecution through his letter to the Church of Philippi, I am reminded
of how the Lord Jesus has been using
Brother Paul Bucknell
http://www.foundationsforfreedom.net to train leaders of
churches all over the world through the writings our Lord Jesus has
blessed him to train others.
My loving wife Chandra and I are going through a small group leaders
training led by Pastor Hugo Cheng of Oakland International Fellowship to
be better equipped, enabled, and empowered when the opportunity arises
to lead a small group.
I am also
blessed how the Lord Jesus has been been using
to train me personally on how to be a godly husband in
light of Scripture. Edwin & Marie gifted me with a book called
'Love & Respect' that I am reading slowly! Recently, I have been reading
different books on marriage to be better trained on how I can love my
wife the way the Lord wants me to love her. Thank you Jesus.
There are many more the Lord Jesus has used and will use in my life
to train me for His honor and glory. For that I am very thankful,
especially for my loving wife
who lovingly corrects me in areas of my life that could use
improvement. That in itself is training too!
I also loved the 2 sessions of 'How to become a strong
community' training that Calvin did for our
small group Transformers. I also love the books
Kristen (my former small group leader) is
reading to be better trained in different areas of her life.
You too can be
trained by those the Lord Jesus has placed in authority over you who
will help disciple you to live a life worthy of the Gospel of Jesus
Christ as you make Jesus your central focus.
Never think you do not need to be trained for we all need training.
I ask you now dear friend, why bother to let
others T.R.A.I.N you when you are already a leader?
Dear friend, whether you are a leader or not, just as God's
people, overseers, and deacons allowed themselves to be trained by the
Apostle Paul, we too should allow others to train us in different areas
of our lives from a godly perspective. We will never be at a place where we
can think, we need no more training whatever our field is. Paul made it a mission and goal to
train not only congregation members of the Church at Philippi but also
it's pastors and deacons. We too should let others train us.
But most of all the best training we need to
take is from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. He will train you the best
way using His powerful Word to enable, equip, and empower you to do His
will! Praise the Lord!
But to have Jesus Christ in
our lives, we need to first and foremost acknowledge what a sinner we
are and we are in need of a Savior and Lord who will come and transform
our lives making us His Holy people. When Jesus becomes part of our lives, we will be seen as a
saint in the eyes of God. We can live as saints in Christ Jesus as we
receive our help and training from the Lord. The Good News is that we
can live a life worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ when we are
submissive to His calling, confessing all our sins before our Creator
and making Him the Lord and Savior of our lives.
Friend, there will always be someone in your
life that you can turn to who God has placed in your path to train you. You and I should seek after those people to train us.
Also, Lord uses His Holy Spirit to help people write wonderful books
that apply biblical principles to train us in different areas of our
lives. We should seek out those books to read as training material.
Especially we need the Word to train us as
we study and meditate on the Word of God. For God's Word is the best
training we can get to live our lives so it should be a daily part of us
to start our day.
When we are being trained by God's Word, He will reveal to us the
things that we should stand up for without being silent. Thank you
Jesus! I am so thankful for the Word of God to transform our
lives when we spend time with Jesus and His Word. That is so exciting to
know for God promises to train us.
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful
for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so
that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2
Timothy 3:16-17, NIV)
"The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully
trained will be like their teacher." (Luke 6:40, NIV)
"Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They
do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown
that will last forever." (1 Corinthians 9:25, NIV)
"If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters,
you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the
truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather,
train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but
godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present
life and the life to come." (1 Timothy 4:6-8, NIV)
May you know training readily all, Immanuel nurtures!
"Why bother to let others T.R.A.I.N you when
you are already a leader?"/"Training Readily All, Immanuel Nurtures! (T.R.A.I.N)
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you so much for loving us so much that you went
to the cross to die for our sins and came back to life to give us life,
cleansing us by your precious blood. I love you Jesus. Thanks for using
the apostle Paul to train the pastors and deacons at the Church of Philippi. You
have taught me through this verse how important it is for everyone to
get training no matter what position they hold for there will always be
something new to learn. Thanks so much Jesus. But most of all thanks for
training us by your Word as we spend time with you studying and
meditating on it. Oh Lord, help us to always depend on you Lord knowing
you train readily all imparting nurture to those who yield to you.
Help us to learn something new everyday. Thanks so much Jesus. Thanks for hearing our prayer and answering. In
Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!
May the Lord Jesus guide you in
His love leading you! Amen!
No matter what you feel in your heart,
know that Jesus has come in and resides with you! You are not alone! To
make your walk strong with the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him
as you would to a friend. You don’t need special words to talk to the
Lord. Spend time in His Word reading Psalms and turning them into
prayer. Next allow God to heal you and speak to you through the Gospel
of John or Gospel of
Mark before moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord
show you to which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important to be part of a body of believers to
help you grow in the faith. Find a Bible believing church that preaches
the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our
crucified and risen Lord who brings us hope, healing, and help by His
Feel free to email me at
if you want to meet to study the Bible,
pray with, talk about Spiritual issues or whatever is on your mind! My
number is 412-641-9426
"This is my
work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work
within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)