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Choosing the Life of Joy: Receiving Godly Servants


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Today, in the information age, messages travel instantly through email. However, in the first century, messages spread through "he-mail", living messengers carried the message of the gospel. This sending and receiving of godly messengers was filled with uncertainty and danger. For this important work, the Apostle Paul chose men of proven worth, men willing to bet it all on the gospel. And despite the slow means of the day, the message of Jesus went viral.

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Choosing the Life of Joy: Receiving Godly Servants

  1. 1. •The number of e-mail users worldwide is forecasted to rise to 2.9 billion users by 2019. (Source: Statista, 2016) Total World Population as of May 2018: 7.6 Billion
  2. 2. •Gmail has over one billion active users as of February 2016. (Source: Techcrunch, 2016) Total World Population as of May 2018: 7.6 Billion
  3. 3. •The number of e-mail users in the US is projected to grow to 244.5 million by the end of 2017. That number is forecast to grow to 254.7 million by 2020. (Source: Statista, 2016) Total US Population as of May 2018: 327.7 Million
  4. 4. The Strait of Otranto
  5. 5. Philippians 2:19-30 Joy in Sending and Receiving Godly Servants
  6. 6. First Point Joy in Sending Your Very Best
  7. 7. Philippians 2 19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. εὐψυχῶ / yoo-psoo-khō From a compound of eu (well) and psuche (soul); to be in good spirits, i.e. Feel encouraged -- be of good comfort.
  8. 8. Philippians 2 20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. ἰσόψυχος / iso-psoo-khos From a compound of iso (same) and psuche (soul); to be of the same soul; like-minded.
  9. 9. Philippians 2 21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. Who are “they”? Is Paul talking about his other companions or another group?
  10. 10. Philippians 2 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
  11. 11. Philippians 2 22 But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel.
  12. 12. Philippians 2 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.
  13. 13. Second Point Joy in Betting it All on Christ
  14. 14. Philippians 2 25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger (apostle) and minister to my need,
  15. 15. There are three special relationships here mentioned: •Brother speaks of a relationship to be enjoyed. •Worker speaks of a job to be done. •Soldier speaks of a battle to be fought. David Guzik
  16. 16. Philippians 2 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill.
  17. 17. Philippians 2 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
  18. 18. Philippians 2 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
  19. 19. Philippians 2 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men,
  20. 20. Philippians 2 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me. παραβολεύομαι (paraboleuomai) Staking his life (soul)