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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How do we welcome some one new into our church?
How do we deal with a tired worked?
The burnt out?
Those needing rest?
In this case a Christian
A younger man
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.
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.
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.
I am sending him to serve
He is devoted
I personally recommend him
Tested and proven
Paul wants them to welcome the tired servant
Also a Christian
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
When someone new arrives
We often assume the worst
Guilty until proven innocent
Acknowledging our servants
Celebrate years of service
Honoring our own
Make them feel guilty when they need a break
When they stop doing…
Many times they stop coming to church
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