Text: Philippians 2:25
In commending Epaphroditus, Paul portrayed his service as he became part of Paul’s core group. Epaphroditus is a great servant and shows the fellowship of that service.
Service in the family
- my brother – notice that Paul didn’t call him “a” brother; he called him my brother
- When the church you attend is no longer “their” church but “our” church.
- When you begin to serve and the folks with whom you serve become your family.
Service in the field
- companion in labour – Paul commends the Thessalonians for their work of faith
- Your faith should produce work – as James said, faith without works is dead
- Work together for the Lord, sweat in the same field, get in the mud, the stickers, etc.
Service in the fight
- fellowsoldier – this is when your service goes from laboring in the harvest and in the faith of the word of God to entering the battle.
- After you sweat together in the field, now you’ve bled together.
- Labor in the field has made you aware of your adversary and enemies that war against your soul.
- Soldiers in the fight of faith endure hardness and do not entangle themselves with the affairs of this life.
- Focussed on the mission at hand.
- Everything is for the mission.
Service to the flock
- your messenger – this is when your service takes you very close to the heart of the Lord because you develop a care for the sheep like the pastor does – your heart is involved with the sheep
- You are no longer serving or teaching just to convey knowledge; you are ministering.
Service to the faithful
- he that ministered to my wants – you arrive at the core of service when your ministry is to the minister
- At this point your mindset and heart are identical to the mindset and heart of the pastor –
- Your love for the Lord, for his words, for his sheep and for each other is the same – the closeness of your relationship in the ministry is indescribable with words.