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The Joy of Ministry

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September 24, 2020
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah:How satisfied are you
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  • with your life?
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  • Are you constantlychasing success,
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  • but feel like you can nevertruly claim it?
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  • What kind of legacyare you leaving?
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  • If I told you there's a wayfor you
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  • to be completely fulfilled,would you want to know?
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  • Well, there is.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Hello,I'm David Jeremiah.
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  • Today, I'll share with youa truth
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  • that might soundcontradictory,
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  • but can fill you with joythat no circumstance can change.
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  • If you can alteryour perspective
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  • to view lifethrough the lens of ministry,
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  • you will find the fulfillmentthat all human souls seek.
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  • So, join me as we studyhow to do just that
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  • on today's editionof "Turning Point."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: Are you waitingfor joy to find you?
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  • In this rich exploration of thebiblical book of Philippians,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah uncoversthe Apostle Paul's secret
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  • to experiencing the joythat carried Paul
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  • through the mostdifficult times.
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  • Discover this happinessfor yourself
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  • male announcer: Thank youfor watching
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  • "Count It All Joy"on "Turning Point."
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  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "The Joy of Ministry."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Everyone in thisroom is a role model
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  • to somebody.
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  • I don't care who you are,somebody looks at you
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  • and takes their cues about lifefrom the way you live,
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  • good, bad, or indifferent.
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  • In the book of Philippiansin the second chapter,
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  • Paul is going to introduceto us three role models.
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  • First of all, the Apostle Paul,
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  • who will role model for usa life of sacrifice.
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  • And then young Timothy,Paul's protégé,
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  • who will show ushow to live a life of service.
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  • And then a man whose nameis hard to pronounce,
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  • Epaphroditus, who will teach usabout suffering.
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  • Role models in sacrifice,service, and suffering.
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  • We began with the Apostle Paul
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  • because verse 17begins with him.
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  • He says in the 17th verse
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  • as he writesto the Philippian believers,
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  • "Yes, and if I am beingpoured out as a drink
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  • offering on the sacrificeand service of your faith,
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  • I am glad and rejoicewith you all.
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  • For the same reason you alsobe glad and rejoice with me."
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  • Now, in this passagethat we're studying,
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  • six verses each are devotedto Timothy and Epaphroditus,
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  • and only two versesare dedicated to Paul,
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  • that seemskind of backwards to me.
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  • But it's amazingthat in these two verses
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  • that speak of the apostle,
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  • the words "glad" and "rejoice"are found twice
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  • as Paul is talkingabout sacrifice.
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  • How many of you know glad,and rejoice, and sacrifice
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  • don't usually fit togetherin the same sentence?
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  • It's almost a disconnect.
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  • I want to take just a momentbefore I explain to you
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  • what this passage means,
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  • and relate to you a truththat I think is worthy of us
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  • taking a momentto talk about.
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  • I don't know what you saywhen people tell you
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  • that they would come to church
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  • if there weren't so manyhypocrites in the church.
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  • When we hear that,here's what we say,
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  • and if you shake your headup and down,
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  • I'll know you agree with me.
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  • We say something like this,"Oh, you shouldn't
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  • watch other people,they will disappoint you.
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  • Keep your eyes on the Lordand He will never let you down."
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  • Isn't that what we say?
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  • And that sounds goodand in a way it is true,
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  • but it's also flawed.
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  • First of all, the only Christany people ever see
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  • is the Christ they see in us,
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  • Christ in us"the hope of glory."
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  • And secondly, the Apostle Paulin this passage
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  • sticks a forkin that whole deal.
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  • He tells us that isn't true.
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  • You can't get away fromgodly living by just saying,
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  • "Don't watch me, watch Jesus."
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  • The Apostle Paulactually said the opposite.
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  • He said to his followers,"Watch me."
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  • Now, I knowthat's a pretty scary thing,
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  • we are role modelsto somebody.
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  • Somebody looks to us.
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  • Somebody wants to know,
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  • what is this Christian thingall about?
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  • And they think since we claimto be Christians,
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  • they can pick it up from us.
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  • Here's what I want you to knowabout Christianity,
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  • it's more caughtthan it's taught.
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  • People catch itmore than they hear it
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  • and so what we do as role modelsis really important.
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  • So, let's talk about Paul andhis selfless role model for us.
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  • First of all, he was selfless inthe discipline of his own life.
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  • Here's a rather convoluted versethat we might not understand
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  • unless we dig a little deeper.
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  • Verse 17 says, "Yes,and if I am being poured out
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  • as a drink offeringon the sacrifice
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  • and service of your faith,I am glad and rejoice."
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  • Now, we read thatand we think,
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  • what in the worlddoes that mean?
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  • It's fraught withOld Testament information.
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  • It's about a sacrificein the Old Testament.
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  • Here's, here's what it means.
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  • Here's what Paulis talking about.
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  • In the Old Testament,
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  • if you had cometo watch this sacrifice,
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  • you would have seenthe Jewish worshipers come,
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  • they would havekilled their animal,
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  • and they would have puttheir animal on the altar
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  • and sacrificed it to God.
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  • But at this point,they would often
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  • add something elseto their offering.
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  • It was called a libation.
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  • They would take a cup of wine,
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  • and while the altarwas white hot for the sacrifice,
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  • they would take that cup of wineand pour it on the altar,
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  • and in a puff of smoke,it would disappear.
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  • What Paul is saying is this,
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  • "I know you are worriedabout my situation.
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  • I am in prison and could beexecuted at any moment,
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  • but my lifeis not the important thing.
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  • It is your faiththat really counts.
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  • Your faith is the main offering.
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  • My life is just the drinkoffering that's poured on
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  • at the end and it'sreally unimportant."
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  • In an age where everybodyis promoting themselves,
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  • everybody tryingto become somebody
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  • that basically they're not,
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  • Paul is giving to usthis role model.
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  • He viewed his deathas very unimportant
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  • when comparedto the spiritual needs
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  • of the believers in Philippi.
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  • He was filled with joyas he remembered
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  • his tireless laboron their behalf.
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  • And yes,he was in prison,
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  • and yes,he was to be executed,
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  • but to Paul,that was just,
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  • that was justthe drink offering.
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  • The real sacrifice was ministryof the church and Philippi
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  • to whom he wrote this letter.
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  • He was also selflessin his discipling of Timothy.
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  • Verse 22 says, "You knowTimothy's proven character,
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  • that as a son with his father,
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  • he served with mein the gospel."
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  • Another illustrationof Paul's humble spirit
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  • is found in this versewhere we read
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  • that Timothy served with him,as a son with his father.
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  • Now, that verse revealsa lot about Timothy,
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  • but it also tells usa lot more about Paul.
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  • It doesn't say he servedas a son to a father,
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  • he served as a son with him.
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  • In other words, Paul had puthis arms around this young man,
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  • Timothy, who was learningto be a leader
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  • and a teacherof the Word of God
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  • who would ultimatelybecome the pastor in Ephesus.
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  • And Paul was discipling him,and he considered him
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  • like he was his own son.
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  • He took Timothy under his arm.
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  • We'll learn more about thatin a moment.
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  • And Timothy was able to catchthe gospel from Paul.
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  • He watched him,he walked with him,
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  • he was in war with him.
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  • He saw everything there wasabout being a true leader
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  • and spiritual leader
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  • and Timothy becamePaul's disciple.
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  • Paul was selfless in thediscipline of his own life.
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  • He was just a drink offering.
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  • He was selflessin discipling Timothy.
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  • He was also selfless in dealingwith the Philippians.
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  • Notice again,verse 17 he said,
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  • "I am being poured outas a drink offering
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  • on the sacrifice and serviceof your faith.
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  • I am glad and rejoicewith you all."
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  • You see, Paul saw his friendsin Philippi
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  • as worthy of the very bestthat he had.
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  • Here's something so interesting,Paul, when he wrote this letter,
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  • was in prison in Rome,
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  • and Timothy had been sent to himby the Philippian church
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  • to bring encouragement to him.
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  • And while Timothy was there,I'm sure Paul really enjoyed
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  • his fellowship,whatever it could have been.
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  • But Paul understoodthat the church in Philippi
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  • needed Timothy's leadershipso at his own expense,
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  • he dispatched Timothyand sent him back.
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  • Paul was even willing to give uphis life for the Philippians.
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  • He was willing to die for them.
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  • He wrote to Timothy,
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  • "For I am already being pouredout as a drink offering
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  • and the time of my departureis at hand."
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  • Now this passage, along withthe reference in Philippians 2,
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  • are the places in the Bible
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  • where you see this ideaof a drink offering
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  • being used to describe death,
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  • that's not in the Bibleanyplace else
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  • except the two references
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  • and it's really an interestingexpression, isn't it?
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  • We often think of our death
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  • as way, way more vitalthan that.
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  • Paul said, "No, no,in light of the gospel,
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  • in light of the sacrifice,in light of the church,
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  • in light of the importanceof everything else,
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  • my death is incidental."
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  • What a man he was.
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  • And then he was selflessin determining God's will.
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  • Let me touch on this justbriefly in verse 23 and 24,
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  • Paul's describing his desire
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  • to go and visitwith the Philippians.
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  • Now remember,he's in jail,
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  • he doesn't knowif he's ever going to get out,
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  • but he wants them to know
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  • that he wants to comeand see them.
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  • But he mentions that he'sgonna send them Timothy,
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  • and he mentions itin such an interesting way.
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  • Verses 23 and 24he says,
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  • "I hope to send Timothy at onceand I trust in the Lord
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  • that I myselfshall come shortly."
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  • It's interesting becausethat's not the way we talk.
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  • "You want me to come?I'll be there shortly.
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  • You need Timothy?You got it."
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  • Paul measured everything in hislife against the will of God.
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  • I know from looking backover my shoulders,
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  • I would have done a lot betterif I had done that all the time.
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  • You know, if you're a leader,
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  • especially if you havea little type A in you,
  • 00:12:36.705 --> 00:12:38.674
  • you have a tendency to thinkthat making a bad decision
  • 00:12:38.707 --> 00:12:41.243
  • is better than not makingany decision at all.
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  • Have you ever heard that?
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  • Well, that's not true.
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  • Making a bad decisioncan get you in a lot of trouble.
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  • And if you're a Christian,
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  • you need to take a cuefrom Paul.
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  • Listen to what he said,
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  • "I hope in the Lord,I trust in the Lord,
  • 00:12:54.190 --> 00:12:56.358
  • the Lord and Iare together in these decisions
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  • and you need to know that."
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  • For him,everything was about Christ,
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  • everything was about the gospel,
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  • and he was very forgetfulabout himself.
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  • May his tribe increase.
  • 00:13:09.271 --> 00:13:12.708
  • Let's take a look at Timothy,the model of service.
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  • We read about himbeginning at verse 19.
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  • Paul writes, "But I trustin the Lord Jesus
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  • to send Timothy to you shortly,
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  • that I also may be encouragedwhen I know your state."
  • 00:13:25.187 --> 00:13:29.225
  • Now, watch here's what he saysabout Timothy.
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  • This sounds like somethingon the back cover of a book.
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  • "For I have no one like-minded,
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  • who will sincerelycare for your state.
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  • For all seek their own,
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  • not the thingswhich are of Christ Jesus.
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  • But you knowTimothy's proven character,
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  • that as a son with his fatherhe served with me in the gospel.
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  • Therefore I hope to send himat once,
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  • as soon as I seehow it goes with me.
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  • But I trust in the Lordthat I myself
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  • shall come shortly."
  • 00:13:55.284 --> 00:13:57.119
  • Well, Paul was responsiblefor Timothy
  • 00:13:57.152 --> 00:13:59.622
  • becoming a follower of Christ.
  • 00:13:59.655 --> 00:14:02.324
  • And when Paul was on hissecond missionary journey,
  • 00:14:02.358 --> 00:14:05.261
  • he came to Timothy
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  • and enlisted himto join him as his helper.
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  • He said, "There's no onelike-minded as Timothy is."
  • 00:14:10.399 --> 00:14:13.502
  • And the word he uses is a wordwhich means equal soul.
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  • We would say today,"Timothy's my soulmate.
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  • Timothy is who I amin a different body.
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  • He represents my values.He represents my core.
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  • I'm sending you Timothybecause I couldn't come myself,
  • 00:14:27.983 --> 00:14:30.586
  • but I'm sending youthe best thing I can,
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  • not being able to come myself."
  • 00:14:32.922 --> 00:14:34.757
  • And he said, there's nobodylike him, no one like him.
  • 00:14:34.790 --> 00:14:36.959
  • And Timothy was naturallyconcerned for these people.
  • 00:14:36.992 --> 00:14:40.863
  • It says in verse 20 that Timothywould sincerely care
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  • for your state,he will care for you.
  • 00:14:44.867 --> 00:14:47.336
  • How did Paul know that?
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  • He knew thatbecause he knew Timothy
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  • and he knew Timothyhad his heart.
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  • Oh, what a joy it iswhen you get somebody
  • 00:14:52.975 --> 00:14:54.777
  • to work with youwho knows your heart,
  • 00:14:54.810 --> 00:14:57.513
  • who represents your heart,who when put in the crunch
  • 00:14:57.546 --> 00:15:00.649
  • where people are askingor criticizing you,
  • 00:15:00.683 --> 00:15:03.185
  • can speak for you and you knowthat they will speak honestly,
  • 00:15:03.218 --> 00:15:07.122
  • and fairly, and you are safein their hands.
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  • Timothy was the guythat Paul had like that.
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  • He was a good man, and hewas one of Paul's disciples.
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  • One last person before we'redone and that's Epaphroditus.
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  • He's the model of suffering andhe teaches us one basic lesson,
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  • that life and ministryis not easy,
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  • it never has been,and it never will be.
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  • This letter that we knowas the book of Philippians,
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  • was delivered to the Philippiansby Epaphroditus.
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  • Paul sent Epaphroditus back,
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  • and he carried this letterback with him.
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  • And the Bible saysthat when Epaphroditus
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  • came to be with Paul,
  • 00:15:50.666 --> 00:15:52.634
  • while he was there,he got really sick.
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  • In fact, the Scripture describesit as "nigh unto death."
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  • He almost died.
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  • All right, that's going onin Rome where Paul is,
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  • and the word has gotten back nowto Philippi,
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  • and the Philippiansare all full of anxiety,
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  • because their brother,Epaphroditus, is over in Rome,
  • 00:16:09.151 --> 00:16:13.322
  • and it looks like he's not gonnamake it and they're worried.
  • 00:16:13.355 --> 00:16:16.258
  • And then Epaphroditushears about it,
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  • and he's worriedthat they're worried.
  • 00:16:18.193 --> 00:16:22.731
  • So, Paul says, "I'm gonnasend it back to you
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  • so you can check him outand see that he's okay."
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  • Paul loved Epaphroditus,and he worked with him.
  • 00:16:28.070 --> 00:16:31.173
  • But when Paulspoke of Epaphroditus,
  • 00:16:31.206 --> 00:16:33.642
  • he used some wordsto describe him in the text.
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  • Let me point them out to you.
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  • First of all,he called him a brother.
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  • That's one of Paul's favoritenames for Christians, brother.
  • 00:16:41.750 --> 00:16:44.853
  • How many of you knowthat if you're a member
  • 00:16:44.887 --> 00:16:46.455
  • of the body of Christ,you're a brother?
  • 00:16:46.488 --> 00:16:48.891
  • If you're--if you knowJesus Christ
  • 00:16:48.924 --> 00:16:50.359
  • as your personal Savior,
  • 00:16:50.392 --> 00:16:52.227
  • all the other peoplewho are in the family,
  • 00:16:52.261 --> 00:16:55.030
  • brothers and sisters,
  • 00:16:55.064 --> 00:16:56.398
  • they belong to youand you belong to them.
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  • In this room today,
  • 00:16:57.966 --> 00:16:59.334
  • we have a whole groupof brothers and sisters,
  • 00:16:59.368 --> 00:17:02.638
  • isn't that something?
  • 00:17:02.671 --> 00:17:04.173
  • And the Bible says that Paul
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  • spoke of Epaphroditusas his brother.
  • 00:17:05.674 --> 00:17:08.877
  • In fact, he used the wordnine times
  • 00:17:08.911 --> 00:17:11.680
  • in the book of Philippians,
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  • and then he calls himsomething else.
  • 00:17:13.515 --> 00:17:15.017
  • He calls him a fellow worker.
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  • This is another phrasethat Paul likes,
  • 00:17:17.186 --> 00:17:18.921
  • he uses that several times.
  • 00:17:18.954 --> 00:17:20.589
  • Paul says, "Epaphroditusis my brother,
  • 00:17:20.622 --> 00:17:23.358
  • and he's my fellow worker."
  • 00:17:23.392 --> 00:17:25.360
  • And then he says something evenmore important, he says,
  • 00:17:25.394 --> 00:17:27.763
  • "He's a fellow soldier."
  • 00:17:27.796 --> 00:17:29.798
  • How many of you knowit's not just enough
  • 00:17:29.832 --> 00:17:31.266
  • to be a worker in the field,
  • 00:17:31.300 --> 00:17:32.935
  • you need to be a warrior tooand especially today?
  • 00:17:32.968 --> 00:17:36.705
  • If you getinto the ministry today,
  • 00:17:36.738 --> 00:17:38.373
  • don't thinkit's a walk in the park.
  • 00:17:38.407 --> 00:17:40.676
  • In fact, if you're thinkingabout becoming a minister,
  • 00:17:40.709 --> 00:17:43.846
  • or you're thinking aboutbeing in the ministry,
  • 00:17:43.879 --> 00:17:46.215
  • make sure you know for surethat's what God wants you to do
  • 00:17:46.248 --> 00:17:49.485
  • 'cause if you don't know thatfor sure, you will not stay.
  • 00:17:49.518 --> 00:17:53.155
  • I'm not here to complain.I love everything I do.
  • 00:17:53.188 --> 00:17:56.291
  • I wouldn't want to doanything else in my life,
  • 00:17:56.325 --> 00:17:58.527
  • but I'm also here to tell youit's not an easy task.
  • 00:17:58.560 --> 00:18:02.631
  • And every yearwith the dissipation
  • 00:18:02.664 --> 00:18:04.833
  • of Bible knowledgeand comfort with the faith,
  • 00:18:04.867 --> 00:18:07.870
  • a pastorin an evangelical church
  • 00:18:07.903 --> 00:18:10.572
  • is more at riskthan he's ever been.
  • 00:18:10.606 --> 00:18:13.609
  • Paul championedEpaphroditus
  • 00:18:13.642 --> 00:18:16.211
  • because he was not onlyhis brother,
  • 00:18:16.245 --> 00:18:19.314
  • he was also his fellow worker,but he was a fellow soldier.
  • 00:18:19.348 --> 00:18:23.285
  • He soldiered on in the faith
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  • and stand againstthe strategies of the devil.
  • 00:18:26.722 --> 00:18:30.025
  • These three descriptionsof Epaphroditus
  • 00:18:31.460 --> 00:18:34.429
  • point to a manwho you can understand
  • 00:18:34.463 --> 00:18:37.699
  • was really important to Paul.
  • 00:18:37.733 --> 00:18:41.370
  • In his service to Paul,Epaphroditus suffered.
  • 00:18:41.403 --> 00:18:46.141
  • The Bible tells us thathe was sick almost to death.
  • 00:18:46.175 --> 00:18:50.679
  • The phrase,"not regarding his own life,"
  • 00:18:50.712 --> 00:18:54.483
  • that's at the end of the verse,
  • 00:18:54.516 --> 00:18:56.351
  • comes from the Greek wordparaboleumai.
  • 00:18:56.385 --> 00:18:59.655
  • It's the only time it is usedin the New Testament,
  • 00:18:59.688 --> 00:19:02.958
  • "Not regarding his own life."
  • 00:19:02.991 --> 00:19:05.027
  • In other words, Epaphroditusbet on his own life.
  • 00:19:05.060 --> 00:19:08.564
  • He gambled his own lifeto fulfill the work
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  • that God had called him to do.
  • 00:19:11.533 --> 00:19:14.036
  • The early Christianscalled those
  • 00:19:14.069 --> 00:19:16.238
  • who risk their lives for Christparabolani
  • 00:19:16.271 --> 00:19:20.976
  • and the word is interesting
  • 00:19:21.009 --> 00:19:22.578
  • because the word actually meansgambler, or risker.
  • 00:19:22.611 --> 00:19:26.748
  • Aquila and Priscilla would havebeen members of this group.
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  • Paul wrote about themin Romans 16.
  • 00:19:30.052 --> 00:19:32.487
  • He said, "Greet Priscillaand Aquila,
  • 00:19:32.521 --> 00:19:34.556
  • my fellow workersin Christ Jesus,
  • 00:19:34.590 --> 00:19:37.059
  • who risked their own necksfor my life."
  • 00:19:37.092 --> 00:19:41.029
  • I've not been asked to do that,that I'm aware of,
  • 00:19:43.732 --> 00:19:48.036
  • but I do feel knowing what'sgoing on in the world today,
  • 00:19:48.070 --> 00:19:52.274
  • I'm closer to being askedto do that than I've ever been.
  • 00:19:52.307 --> 00:19:56.345
  • Ladies and gentlemen,
  • 00:19:56.378 --> 00:19:57.679
  • in the culturein which you and I live,
  • 00:19:57.713 --> 00:20:00.249
  • it's getting less and lesscomfortable to be a Christian,
  • 00:20:00.282 --> 00:20:03.085
  • less and less acceptableto be a follower of Christ.
  • 00:20:03.118 --> 00:20:06.488
  • Let's not speak of itout loud too much
  • 00:20:06.521 --> 00:20:08.390
  • according to the culture,you will not be accepted.
  • 00:20:08.423 --> 00:20:12.327
  • And where at one timeit was a mark of a good person
  • 00:20:12.361 --> 00:20:15.364
  • that they went to churchand that they knew God,
  • 00:20:15.397 --> 00:20:17.966
  • now it's become almost
  • 00:20:18.000 --> 00:20:20.235
  • like the first critical thingpeople say.
  • 00:20:20.269 --> 00:20:24.940
  • Sometime along the way,
  • 00:20:24.973 --> 00:20:26.375
  • God will ask you to gamblein the right way
  • 00:20:26.408 --> 00:20:30.879
  • on who you areand who Christ is.
  • 00:20:30.912 --> 00:20:33.749
  • That's what Epaphroditus did.He put his life on the line.
  • 00:20:33.782 --> 00:20:36.418
  • He didn't know if he wasgoing to get better or not.
  • 00:20:36.451 --> 00:20:37.919
  • He knew that what Godhad called him to do,
  • 00:20:37.953 --> 00:20:39.621
  • he needed to do it,so he did it.
  • 00:20:39.655 --> 00:20:41.690
  • Let his lifebe the afterthought.
  • 00:20:41.723 --> 00:20:45.360
  • But this man Epaphroditus
  • 00:20:45.394 --> 00:20:47.062
  • also had great sympathyfor the Philippians.
  • 00:20:47.095 --> 00:20:49.598
  • It says in verse 26,"He was longing for you all,
  • 00:20:49.631 --> 00:20:52.334
  • and was distressed
  • 00:20:52.367 --> 00:20:54.403
  • because you had heardthat he was sick."
  • 00:20:54.436 --> 00:20:57.572
  • So, here are thesethree examples,
  • 00:20:57.606 --> 00:20:59.408
  • Paul, who shows ushow to live selflessly.
  • 00:20:59.441 --> 00:21:02.711
  • He's the drink offeringon the sacrifice.
  • 00:21:02.744 --> 00:21:07.716
  • And here's Timothy,who served Paul,
  • 00:21:07.749 --> 00:21:11.353
  • and it was his brotherand soulmate,
  • 00:21:11.386 --> 00:21:13.789
  • and no one was like Timothy.
  • 00:21:13.822 --> 00:21:15.757
  • And he left Paul in Romeand went to minister
  • 00:21:15.791 --> 00:21:20.195
  • to the Philippiansand serve them.
  • 00:21:20.228 --> 00:21:22.631
  • And here's Epaphroditus,
  • 00:21:22.664 --> 00:21:24.199
  • the gambler who risked his neckfor the gospel.
  • 00:21:24.232 --> 00:21:28.370
  • And these three men are menwe can look to and say,
  • 00:21:28.403 --> 00:21:32.441
  • "I can learn from these guys.
  • 00:21:32.474 --> 00:21:34.810
  • I can learn how to becomemore like Christ
  • 00:21:34.843 --> 00:21:37.713
  • by watching these guys."
  • 00:21:37.746 --> 00:21:41.083
  • I mentionedat the beginning
  • 00:21:41.116 --> 00:21:43.485
  • something that's kind ofconvicting
  • 00:21:43.518 --> 00:21:47.756
  • if you want to know the truth,we are all role models.
  • 00:21:47.789 --> 00:21:54.029
  • We must ask God to help usunderstand that that is true.
  • 00:21:54.062 --> 00:21:56.932
  • Someone is watching us,
  • 00:21:56.965 --> 00:21:59.101
  • someone's trying to observe usand see how we do.
  • 00:21:59.134 --> 00:22:02.137
  • I never felt that more thanwhen I went through cancer.
  • 00:22:02.170 --> 00:22:05.774
  • For years, I had told peopleJesus Christ was sufficient
  • 00:22:05.807 --> 00:22:08.410
  • and God was enough,
  • 00:22:08.443 --> 00:22:10.112
  • and then my lifewas almost taken from me.
  • 00:22:10.145 --> 00:22:12.447
  • And I stood in this pulpitevery week, and I couldn't help
  • 00:22:12.481 --> 00:22:14.616
  • but feel your piercing eyeslooking at me,
  • 00:22:14.649 --> 00:22:17.719
  • seeing if I was really gonnastill say the same things
  • 00:22:17.753 --> 00:22:20.756
  • after I was touchedby all that.
  • 00:22:20.789 --> 00:22:23.959
  • We're all being watched.
  • 00:22:23.992 --> 00:22:25.994
  • You see, what we do matters,how we live counts.
  • 00:22:26.027 --> 00:22:28.764
  • We may not like to acceptthat responsibility,
  • 00:22:28.797 --> 00:22:31.066
  • but I've told you beforethat God has called me
  • 00:22:31.099 --> 00:22:33.535
  • to comfort the afflictedand afflict the comfortable,
  • 00:22:33.568 --> 00:22:36.338
  • and I'm trying to do thatthis morning.
  • 00:22:36.371 --> 00:22:39.508
  • We need to get to the placewhere we understand
  • 00:22:39.541 --> 00:22:42.177
  • that we have a decisive role
  • 00:22:42.210 --> 00:22:44.713
  • in the lives of peoplewho are around us,
  • 00:22:44.746 --> 00:22:47.382
  • our families, our neighbors,the people we work with.
  • 00:22:47.416 --> 00:22:50.552
  • We are Jesus Christ to them.
  • 00:22:50.585 --> 00:22:53.522
  • The only Christthey will ever see
  • 00:22:53.555 --> 00:22:55.424
  • is the Christ they see in us.
  • 00:22:55.457 --> 00:22:57.526
  • We may not like that.We may feel that's not fair.
  • 00:22:57.559 --> 00:23:00.228
  • We might try to wiggle outfrom under that.
  • 00:23:00.262 --> 00:23:04.099
  • I'm just telling you,it's true.
  • 00:23:04.132 --> 00:23:06.601
  • It's true for me,it's true for you.
  • 00:23:06.635 --> 00:23:09.104
  • And so, I pray this week,
  • 00:23:09.137 --> 00:23:11.039
  • "God, I want to be a betterrole model for my family,
  • 00:23:11.072 --> 00:23:14.142
  • for my children,for my grandchildren,
  • 00:23:14.176 --> 00:23:16.545
  • for the peopleI lead in this church."
  • 00:23:16.578 --> 00:23:18.680
  • I want you to ask that prayeryourself,
  • 00:23:18.713 --> 00:23:21.283
  • "Lord God, help me to bethe person you want me to be
  • 00:23:21.316 --> 00:23:23.885
  • so that when others see me,they will be drawn to you."
  • 00:23:23.919 --> 00:23:27.923
  • That's what our goal should be,that we draw people to Christ
  • 00:23:27.956 --> 00:23:31.860
  • as we live his lifewherever we go.
  • 00:23:31.893 --> 00:23:34.563
  • Is it a tall order?No, it's not a tall order.
  • 00:23:34.596 --> 00:23:37.299
  • Is it impossible?
  • 00:23:37.332 --> 00:23:38.767
  • Yes, it's impossible, but that'swhy you have the Holy Spirit.
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  • The Holy Spirit'sbeen given to you and to me
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  • to help us do the impossible.
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  • We can't do itin our own strength,
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  • but the Spirit of Godwho lives within us,
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  • and if we give our lives to him
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  • and we say to himin the morning,
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  • "Holy Spirit,control my life today,
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  • show me to do the thingsthat I don't normally do.
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  • Lord, get me outside of myself."
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  • The Spirit of God will do that.He will do it.
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  • I know he will do it.He's done it for me.
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  • I'm no special person,he'll do it for you
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  • and he will help youto be the person
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  • Christ wants you to be
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  • so that when people see you,they will see him.
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  • That's what happenedwith Paul,
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  • that's what happenedwith Timothy,
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  • and that's what happenedwith Epaphroditus,
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  • role models for Christ.
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  • to close today's programright after this.
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  • male announcer: And nowwith one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We often forgetthat the Apostle Paul
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  • was more than just a theologianand church planter.
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  • He was also a teammateand a co-worker
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  • in the gospel with others.
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  • He experienced great joyministering with close friends
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  • like Silas, and Barnabas,and Luke.
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  • And in today's messagewe met two more,
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  • Timothy the servantand Epaphroditus the soldier.
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  • I hope you know the joyof ministering with others
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  • through service,fellowship, and prayer,
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  • but ministering with othersfor Christ
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  • requires first being in Christ.
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: All you can dois say, "Lord God,
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  • I realize I have failed you,I'm a sinner.
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  • I need to be forgiven.
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  • I want to have your graceand mercy in my life.
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  • Please accept meas your son.
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  • I want to accept youas my Savior."
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  • You pray that prayer, you justpunched your ticket to heaven.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "The Joy of Humility"here on "Turning Point."
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  • ♪♪♪
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