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“Who was one of your favorite teachers in school and why?”
“Rejoice!” - Philippians sermon series. This week we look at two examples of model servants. As Paul gives the travel plans of Timothy and Epaphroditus, he holds them up as Christlike examples worth watching and following.
Key Passages: Phil 2:19-30
- Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
- Read 2:19-30. As you read about Timothy and Epaphroditus, what are some key markers that stand out to you about their life? (see list in Resources below)
- Who are some key people in your life who have encouraged you in your walk with Jesus? Who are they and how have they done so?
- What would you like to be remembered for in your life?
- Take some time to go around your CG and speak some key markers of Jesus you see in others life.
- Do you see any of the markers Paul listed in the passage today evident in your life?
- How can we take these markers of “faithful servants” and translate them to our daily life and our church life?
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Thank God for partnerships in the gospel. Thank him specifically for the people with whom you serve and have served in even the simplest and seemingly insignificant ways. Ask God to show you someone you should bring alongside with you, or whom you should come alongside, to work in partnership.
RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.
25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.
Markers of Timothy and Epaphroditus, Faithful Servants
1. Genuine Concern for the Church
2. Faithful Partnership in the gospel
3. Spiritual Family
4. Hard Worker
5. Loyal Soldier
6. Reliable Messenger
7. Trustworthy Servant
8. Willing to sacrifice for the cause
Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise)
Philippians Chapter 2
It is best with us, when our duty becomes natural to us. Naturally, that is, sincerely, and not in pretense only; with a willing heart and upright views. We are apt to prefer our own credit, ease, and safety, before truth, holiness, and duty; but Timothy did not so. Paul desired liberty, not that he might take pleasure, but that he might do good. Epaphroditus was willing to go to the Philippians, that he might be comforted with those who had sorrowed for him when he was sick. It seems, his illness was caused by the work of God. The apostle urges them to love him the more on that account. It is doubly pleasant to have our mercies restored by God, after great danger of their removal; and this should make them more valued. What is given in answer to prayer, should be received with great thankfulness and joy.