Philippians 2.22-30 (text at bottom)
I. Serve others that preach the Gospel
DO I serve others that have given of their lives to spread the Gospel?? It is NOT an option but a necessity! I NEED to help and they NEED my help!
II. Companion in labor; fellow soldier; minister to others’ wants; messenger
AM I a “companion in labor” with those who ARE laboring?
AM I a “fellow soldier” realizing and seeing the warfare around me?
DO I minister to others’ needs AND wants?
AM I a messenger of the Good News of the Gospel?!
III. Not regarding my own life for the work of Christ
WHAT do I tangibly DO to put the work of Christ before myself???
Do I consistently sacrifice to do the work of Christ?
“But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel. Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me. But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly. Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.” (Phil 2:22-30 KJVS)