Summary: To establish this is one of the church’s greatest needs today, is preparing more “sons like Timothy.” This lesson deals with Paul's relationship with his son Timothy. Older preacher's should mentor younger ones to love the Lord, the church, and the work.
1. Timothy's - Singleness of Heart
2. Timothy's - Seeking the Will of Christ
3. Timothy's - Service in the Gospel
1. In our lesson today we will discuss one of the greatest needs in the church of the 21st century. The book of Philippians is one of Paul prison epistles. We believe his first imprisonment. In our lesson we will be looking at three things he says about one of his fellow servants, his son in the gospel, Timothy. The setting of the lesson, Epaphroditus a messenger from the church at Philippi has made his way to Paul in Rome, bearing a gift from the church, Philippians 4:15-18. He write to inform them of his situation and that of Epaphroditus, “who was sick unto death, but God had mercy on him, and not only him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow,” 2:25-27. Before speaking of this young man, he provides them some insight to his current state. Stating: “but I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state,” 2:19. He states three things about the young preacher we need to discuss.
2. First, he says: "I have no man like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state." The Apostle conveys that Timothy and he were of the same mind and soul, they were singleness of heart. Paul's imprisonment put him out of touch with the churches, so he used young men like Timothy to visit them, edify them, and then return to share this joy with him in prison. This would allow Paul to be of good comfort concerning their faith and patience in Christ Jesus, the loving Savior whom he had preached unto them. Timothy he says: “will sincerely care for your state.” His care would be genuine, just as that of the Apostle.
3. Secondly, he says: “while others seek their own, Timothy, sought the things which are the will of Christ. Many of Paul’s companions sought their own will, and not the things of Christ. Paul realized that it took courage to contend for the faith, when others are willing to compromise, and even surrender because of trials and persecutions for being a Christian. Vincent Lombardy, the great football coach of the Green Bay Packard's once said: "fatigue makes cowards of us all." Satan has made cowards of many due to criticism and the need for personal sacrifice in serving the Lord. But not Timothy he was committed to the will of Christ. Paul used this young preacher to edify and strengthen the church, and put them in continued remembrance of their faith and commitment to Christ. It was always: "not my will Lord, but thine be done," he learned this from Paul. We need more sons like Timothy who are unafraid in battle, unswerving in faith, unmovable from the course, and untiring in courage and devotion in service to the church. He like Paul trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ in all things. He knew all things were possible with Christ, under any and all conditions. He was the son of a great example of service – the Apostle Paul!
4. Then lastly, Paul says: "Timothy served with him in the gospel." They shared a unique bond in the work of Christ and the fellowship of the saints. Paul suggests that they were on common ground. Timothy was NOT under him, nor was Paul OVER him. He reminded the church that they knew of his character. He had worked among them with Paul. They labored in the love, patience and faith of Jesus Christ. Paul would send his shortly to them that they may hear of Paul's condition and concern for their faith. Timothy’s work was recognized by Paul and the church at Philippi. Ministers and leaderships should always appreciate the contribution and service of others. Paul appreciated Timothy’s served and work with him in the gospel of Christ. They were "laborers together with God" in this great work and ministry of Christ. Let’s notice their singleness of heart!
I TIMOTHY’S - SINGLENESS OF HEART
A. Paul says of Timothy. "I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you... For I have no man like-minded, who will naturally care for your state," Philippians 2:19-20. "I have no man like-minded." From Gr: "Isopsuchos," from “isos” meaning equal or same, and “pschue” meaning soul or mind.
1. To have the same motives, be of like character, to be of one soul. Paul had surrounded himself with some great names, Apollos, Barnabas, Silas, Demas, Epaphroditus, Erastus, Luke and others. But only of Timothy did he say, "I have no man like-minded." Timothy was so profoundly influenced by Paul that he had become like-minded in his care for all the churches. Brethren, a good example will do far greater things than the best of sermons we will ever preach!