Summary: A call to faithful service as illustrated in the lives of Paul's friends; many of them "no-name" saints.
The Companions of Paul
1. The Men who OBEYED.
A. Their Character:
* Tychicus, the Faithful
- A “beloved brother” – ENDEARMENT – recipiocal love & respect
- A “faithful minister” – ENDURMENT – dependable character
- A “fellow servant” – ENDOWMENT – mutual service
* Onesimus, the Fugitive
- A runaway slave (Philemon 10-12)
- A respected saint (Col 4:9)
- A returning servant (Philemon 10-12; Col 4:9)
B. Their Calling:
* Explain – Paul’s situation
* Evaluate – The Colossian’s situation
* Encourage – Those in distress
2. The Men who STAYED.
* Aristarchus, the Fearless
- He was involved in a riot in Ephesus. (Acts 19:29)
- He traveled with Paul as his personal assistant. (Acts 20:4)
- He was shipwrecked with Paul. (Acts 27:2)
- He was imprisoned with Paul. (Col 4:10)
* Mark, the Forgiven
- His family connections – Church met in his mother’s (Mary) home; nephew (or cousin) of Barnabas. (Acts 12:12)
- He followed Jesus as a teen. (Mark 14:51-52)
- He was eager to serve. (Acts 13:1-13)
- He was easily discouraged. (Acts 1-13)
- He was restored to faithful service. (Col 4:10; 2 Tim 4:11)
* Justus, the Friendly
- A no-name saint.
- Sent warm greetings to people he had never met.
* Luke, the Famous
- Wrote Luke & Acts
- Was a Greek Physician
- Was always faithful to Paul
3. The Man who PRAYED.
* Epapharas, the Fervent – He prayer …
- Constantly – always
- Fervently – laboring fervently
- Personally – for you
- Directly – directly
In the will of God
4. The Man who STRAYED.
* Demas, the Faulty
- The Worker (Philemon 24)
- The Watcher (Col 4:14)
- The Wanderer (2 Tim 4:10)