Summary: Paul typified the necessity of Christian teamwork to the readers of his epistle to Titus. Christian teamwork is indispensible to the faith. But when is it typified? Christian teamwork is typified in its satisfying...
The ACCOMPLISHMENTS of CHRISTIAN TEAMWORK—Titus 3:12-15
Paul typified the positive nature of Christian teamwork to the readers of his epistle to Titus.
Christian teamwork is indispensible to the faith.
When is Christian teamwork typified?
Christian teamwork is typified when the team satisfies...
1—Christian teamwork is typified in its satisfying...
Explanation:(:12)Titus needed relief/Refreshing
:12—“When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.”
Paul will definitely send either Artemas or Tychicus to Titus. Paul is thus sending him this letter to let him know that he is to be relieved in Crete. And that he is to leave Crete for Nicopolis, where he is to join Paul. Titus is a gifted pastor able to organize & “set in order” that which the church lacks for fervency & efficiency. However, there is need for his presence with Paul for either personal reasons, training, &/or preparation for another assignment.
“When I send Artemas to you,”
Artemas: “Artemas”= ‘Gift of Artemis”
There is no further mention of Artemas in Scripture. Obviously of pagan descent(parents), a Gentile as Artemis[Diana] is a Greek pagan deity later identified with the Roman goddess Diana. The Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, virginity & young girls, bringing & relieving disease in women; she often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow & arrows.
*No matter a person’s background & past, they can be used mightily of the Lord!
Acts 19:23-28—“And about that time there arose a great commotion about the Way. For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Diana[Artemis], brought no small profit to the craftsmen. He called them together with the workers of similar occupation, & said: “Men, you know that we have our prosperity by this trade. “Moreover you see & hear that not only at Ephesus, but throughout almost all Asia, this Paul has persuaded & turned away many people, saying that they are not gods which are made with hands. So not only is this trade of ours in danger of falling into disrepute, but also the temple of the great goddess Diana [Artemis] may be despised & her magnificence destroyed, whom all Asia & the world worship.” Now when they heard this, they were full of wrath & cried out, saying, “Great is Diana [Artemis] of the Ephesians!””
Acts 19:35—“And when the city clerk had quieted the crowd, he said: “Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple guardian of the great goddess Diana[Artemis], & of the image which fell down from Zeus?” “When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus,
Accompanied Paul on his missionary journey from Corinth to Asia Minor(Acts 20:4). He was trusted with recounting the “news” about Paul to the churches of Colossae(Col. 4:7) & Ephesus(Eph. 6:21). Thus he probably delivered letters from Paul to those churches. He was trusted as a representative of Paul to the church at Ephesus(2Tim. 4:12).