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Serving And Recovering Philippians 2:19-30. How do we welcome some one new into our church? Someone different? An outsider? How do we deal with a tired worked? The burnt out? Those needing rest? . Paul wants us to welcome the newcomer In this case a Christian A leader An outsider

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Serving and recovering philippians 2 19 30
Serving And RecoveringPhilippians 2:19-30

How do we welcome some one new into our church?

Someone different?

An outsider?

How do we deal with a tired worked?

The burnt out?

Those needing rest?


Paul wants us to welcome the newcomer

In this case a Christian

A leader

An outsider

A younger man


Philippians 2

19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you.


Before Timothy arrives

The Philippians' receive this letter

A letter of reference


20 I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.


Be prepared, Timothy is coming

I hope to come soon

So you better treat him well


23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. 24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.


Timothy

I am sending him to serve

He is devoted

I personally recommend him

Tested and proven


Epaphroditus

Paul wants them to welcome the tired servant

Also a Christian

A leader

An insider

An older man


25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.


Epaphroditus is from Philippi

He had been sent to help Paul

Now Paul needs to send him back

Paul gives the reasons he is sending him home


26 For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow.


After explaining the reasons for sending him back

Paul ads this

On my behalf accept him back


28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.


He gives him a recommendation

Pleads with the church to welcome him back

To honor him

To acknowledge him as a representative of the church


29 Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him, 30 because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me.


Epaphroditus

I am returning him to his family

He has done his work

He is ill and he needs to recover

He needs your help

Welcome him and honor him


Timothy

Being welcoming

New people

New opportunities

New hope


In the church

When someone new arrives

Without references

We often assume the worst

Guilty until proven innocent

Fear

Be welcoming


Epaphroditus

Acknowledging our servants

Celebrate years of service

Preventing burnout

Honoring our own


We often work people dry

Make them feel guilty when they need a break

When they stop doing…

Many times they stop coming to church


We need to keep our eyes open

1. Keep our eyes on Jesus

2. Keep our eyes on the newcomer

3. Keep our eyes on each other

That is what makes us a healthy church family

A church that represents Christ


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