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Summary: TWO EXAMPLES OF PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL: UNSELFISH, SACRIFICAL SERVICE TO OTHERS IN ORDER TO FURTHER THE GOSPEL

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BIG IDEA:

TWO EXAMPLES OF PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL: UNSELFISH,

SACRIFICAL SERVICE TO OTHERS IN ORDER TO FURTHER THE

GOSPEL

Carson: "Emulate those who are interested in the well-being of others, not in their own. Be on the alert for Christians who really do exemplify this basic Christian attitude, this habit of helpfulness. They are never the sort who strut their way into leadership with inflated estimates of their own importance. They are the kind who cheerfully pick up after other people. They are not offended if no one asks about them; they are too busy asking about others. They are the kind who are constantly seeking to do good

spiritually, to do good materially, to do good emotionally. They are committed to the well-being of others."

I. (:19-24) THE EXAMPLE OF TIMOTHY -- A KINDRED SPIRIT

A. (:19-21) The Heart of an Undershepherd of Christ -- a Servant to the Flock

1. A Blessing to both Paul and the Philippians

a. faithful in his interaction

"But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly"

b. encouraging in his outlook

"so that I also may be encouraged"

c. accurate in his assessment

"when I learn of your condition"

2. A Kindred Spirit to both Paul and Christ

a. unique in this regard

"For I have no one else of kindred spirit "

Gromacki: "The term ’like-minded’ (isopsuchon) literally means ’equal soul.’ Just as Jesus Christ was equal to the Father in deity (2:6), so Timothy was equal to Paul in the characteristics of unity, humility, and concern for others."

b. genuinely concerned for others

"who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare"

c. totally unselfish

"For they all seek after their own interests"

d. totally committed to Christ Jesus

"not those of Christ Jesus"

B. (:22) The Track Record of Faithful Service

1. Man of Proven Worth."But you know of his proven worth"

2. True Partner in the Gospel

"that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel"

3. Like a Faithful Son

"like a child serving his father"

C. (:23-24) The Availability to Meet Needs

1. Willing to Serve wherever needed

"Therefore I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me"

2. Patterned after the Model of the Apostle Paul Himself

"and I trust in the Lord that I myself also shall be coming shortly"

Barclay: "Timothy’s great use was that, whenever Paul wished for information from some Church, or when he wished to send advice or cousel or encouragement or

guidance or rebuke, and when he could not go himself, it was Timothy whom he sent…

The great use of Timothy was that Timothy was a man who could be sent anywhere, and who was always willing to go. In the hands of Timothy a message was as safe as if Paul had delivered it himself. Others might be consumed with selfish ambition, and might be concerned with their own interests alone; but Timothy’s one desire was to serve Paul and to serve Christ in Christ’s Church. Timothy is the patron saint of all

those who are quite content with the second place, so long as they can serve."

II. (:25-30) THE EXAMPLE OF EPAPHRODITUS -- A COURAGEOUS AND COMPASSIONATE MINISTER


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