The Human Pattern for Unity – Philippians 2:19-30

The Human Pattern for Unity – Philippians 2:19-30

Sunday Service – 9/13/2015

Pastor Bryan Parish

“The Human Pattern for Unity”

  1. Timothy’s Pattern of Promoting Unity 2:19-23
    1. The Background of Timothy (2:19-20)
    2. The Unselfishness of Timothy (2:21)
    3. The Proven Character of Timothy (2:22)
    4. The Submission of Timothy (2:23-24)
  2. Epaphroditus’ Pattern for Unity 2:25-30
    1. A Multifaceted Service (2:25)
    2. A Caring Service (2:26)
    3. A Sacrificial Service (2:27)
    4. A Perfecting Service (2:28-30)

“But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.

Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need; since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.”

(Philippians 2:19–30 NKJV)

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