Count on Me (Courage to Encourage - 7) (Philippians 2:19-30)Bo Grace, May 22, 2016
Part of the Courage To Encourage series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
As we continue our study through the book of Philippians, Paul is going to mention a couple of Philippians; Paul is going to mention a couple of people like that who were vital to his ministry… people he could count on. As we look at the text today we need to understand the importance of being dependable servants of God. The title of the message is: COUNT ON ME. I hope that you will be somebody who can be counted on in all ways… but especially from a spiritual standpoint.
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19But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. 20For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. 21For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. 22But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel. 23Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me. 24But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly. 25Yet 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. 26For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. 27For 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. 28I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. 29Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: 30Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me. (KJV)