Sermon Notes for Philippians 2 19 to 30
Sermon Notes for Philippians 2:19-30
Is seminary or Bible school enough for a pastor
Examples of Timothy and Epaphroditus
- Emulate those who are interested in the well being of others, not their own
Background on Timothy
Mother a Jewess Father a Greek probably born in Lystra
Read acts 15:36 to 16:5
1Tim1: 18 ¶ Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience.
4: 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
Travelled with Paul to Macedonia
Left at Berea
Went to Athens with Paul
Sent back to Thessalonica, fulfilled his mission
Joined Paul in Corinth
Was in Ephesus
In Paul’s last days it was Timothy he wrote to and desired to have with him
2Tim4:9 ¶ Do your best to come to me quickly, 10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. 12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.
Timothy was a good pupil
1Cor4:17 ¶ For this reason I am sending to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.
1Cor16:10 If Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord, just as I am.
1Thess3:1 So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. 2 We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God’s fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith,
20 For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare.
Kindred spirit his spiritual character was that of like Paul
The goal of true discipleship is reproduction
Matt10:24 "A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master.
None was like him in Paul’s company
Nurtured in the scriptures by his mother and grandmother
Sympathetic who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare.
Concerned for is the verb that express’s a strong feeling for something or someone often to the point of being burdened.
2Cor11:28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.
Paul was confident that Timothy had that same concern
Single-mindedness 21 For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
Like Paul had the mind of Christ
The leaders in Rome were thinking more of themselves than that of Christ
Seasoned 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself,
One who has been tested and proved worthy
1Tim3:8 ¶ Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
Submissiveness he has served with me in the work of the gospel
Served used as one who serves the Lord
Timothy would have looked to Paul as his mentor, his spiritual father his model for godliness but he was not serving Paul he was serving with Paul.
he has served with me
Willingness as a son with his father…. in the work of the gospel.
that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father. NASB
willing to submit himself to God and to Paul
Like Paul, Timothy was obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome.
16 ¶ I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Romans 1:14-16
Finally he was available 23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.
- Emulate those who have proved themselves in hardship
Not well known and look how Paul looks at him
2Cor12:5 , but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. 6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say.