Summary: Proven character should be emerging in us – a little more every day. Paul said to the church at Philippi about Timothy: "Here is my guy, here the man I trust to help you." Would he say the same thing about how we serve Christ today?

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"Being Faithful Servants (Part 1)"

Philippians Sermon Series, Part 9

Philippians 2:19-24


- Previously, we examined Paul’s encouragement of how we should live everyday

- His instruction to us was that we would live faithfully

-- Faithfulness is a common theme for Paul as he writes to the churches

-- It is our submission that God requires, just like Jesus submitted (see v7)

- v12 … We are called to WORK in Obedience for Christ

-- IMP: But this is NOT a condition of salvation, but an output of what He’s given

- We have a calling to be blameless before the Lord

-- Psalm 101:2, “I will be careful to lead a blameless life - when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart.”

- It is in this instruction that we find our own challenges to change for Christ

-- v17; Paul is proud to be offered as a drink offering, to sacrifice for Christ

-- APP: Today, most of us get turned down and we go into a shell and retreat

- Paul commends the work that we are doing; he’s grateful to suffer for Christ

-- His revelation here is that he is proud to serve and be offered for the Gospel

-- APP: His challenge is that we’d serve and REJOICE in our service as well

- This morning, let’s examine the faithfulness of a man who was close to Paul

- Read Philippians 2:19-24

∆ Point 1 – Who is Timothy

- This first point is entirely a teaching section … ask you to stick with me here

-- It is important that we understand who we are talking about; the why comes later

- Timothy’s name means, “One who honors God.”

- He was a native of Lystra: Acts 16:1, “Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek.”

- Paul and Barnabas had visited in conjunction with their First Missionary Journey

-- It is probably that Timothy heard the Gospel and was saved at this time

-- Being raised properly, he would know that a Messiah was to come

-- And when he heard the Gospel, He accepted and was redeemed by Christ

- Paul wanted to help develop this young man into a faithful Christian

-- For Paul, discipleship and making disciples was his calling

-- 1 Tim 1:2 shows us: “To Timothy my true son in the faith:”

- If you examine the work Timothy is given, it’s obvious to see his loyalty:

- He is left behind in Berea to continue the work after Paul is forced to leave because of threats against his life (Acts 17:14)

- During a time of persecution he is sent to Thessalonica to strengthen the believer in their faith (1 Thess. 3:1-3)

- He is sent to Macedonia from Ephesus with a similar mission (Acts 19:22)

- He is sent as Paul’s helper to bring teaching and edification to the troubled church in Corinth (1 Cor. 4:17-21)

- He is sent to Philippi and perhaps returns with a monetary gift from that church from Paul (Phil. 2:19; 4:15-16; Acts 18:5)

- He is instructed how to appoint elders and deacons in the churches (1 Tim. 3)

- He accompanies Paul on his last trip to Jerusalem (Acts 20:4)

- He is as close to Paul as he can be, esp. in Paul’s final days (2 Tim)

- TRANS: So why should we see his importance in Paul’s letter to Philippi?

∆ Point 2 – Sending Timothy Shortly …

- Let’s connect the dots … (v19)

-- APP: Paul’s faith in Christ is connected to his desire to send Timothy – why?

- Belief in Christ means your confidence in Him compels you to rely on others

-- Paul is not going to send an unbeliever to the church at Philippi

-- Working for Christ; preaching Christ and edifying Christians

-- APP: When Paul needs to send someone, he sends a fellow believer

- Paul’s trust in Christ compelled him to send one who was equipped for the task

-- He sends a strong, faithful young man like Timothy

-- He sends one who is enabled by Christ as Paul was

-- This encourages Paul knowing the church would be encouraged as well

- What a valuable, desirable situation presented to us here

-- To have good men and women who can be trusted to do their best work

-- To conduct themselves with integrity and take up the work of Christ

- Not just blindly imitate the former generation, but dig deep for knowledge

-- Those that rise above party loyalty and just preach the truth and live the truth

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