“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:6-7)
Lord, my God—
The Giver of every good and perfect gift,
You are the One who has saved me
through the sinless life, sacrificial death on the Cross,
and victorious resurrection of Jesus Your Son.
The fruit of Your Spirit in my character
and the gifts of Your Spirit in my ministry
are all Your great and gracious work in me
and not from myself.
I come to You, the Only Awesome One,
the God who is holy and an all-consuming fire,
asking You to rekindle both my heart of love for You
and the ministry calling and gifts I received in You.
Renew me, Lord, that, with my heart set ablaze
and my life set on fire for You,
I might enjoy You and serve You,
set like a shining light in a dark day and time.
When my spirit fails and I grow weak
restore in me Your Spirit of power, love, and self-discipline in me,
all for the glory of Your Holy Name,
O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
This post continues a series of posts with thoughts from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. These posts are personal reflections taken from devotional reading of the book.
Paul mentions Timothy and Epaphroditus to the Philippians when writing to them. From Paul’s laudatory words, we see that both of these men are examples to the believers then and us today.
Paul describes Timothy as:
- “I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare” (2:20)
- “Timothy has proved himself” by serving with Paul “as a son with his father” in the work of the gospel; apparently being one who looks out for the interests of Christ Jesus, not just himself (2:21-22)
- he will faithfully report back to Paul (2:19)
Paul describes Epaphroditus as:
- “my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier” (2:25)
- “your messenger” sent to take care of Paul’s needs (2:25)
- became sick while with Paul, almost died, but is now well (2:26-27) by God’s mercy
- “risked his life” for the gospel work by caring for Paul (2:30)
These two believers were examples that Paul could hold up for the church in Phillipi. We all need examples of faithfulness to God toward whom we look in our daily lives. Those examples help us as we try to continue to pursue God and work for Him in this world.
How have examples of faith been an encouragement to you in your faith?
[If you want to explore Philippians further, consider viewing the 2018 preaching series, “Unshackled: Joy Beyond Circumstances,” beginning with the message, “The Joy of Faith.”]
This last weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians, “Unshackled: Joy Beyond Circumstances.” This weekend we continued with Paul’s outworking of our kingdom citizenship begun in Philippians 1:27, turning now toward the outworking of our salvation joy in Philippians 2:12-30. I love this passage because it holds some of the verses that captivate me most in the entire letter.
Below you can view the video and sermon outline of this message, “Shared Joy.” You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.
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I concluded the “Becoming 7” series at Eastbrook this past weekend with a message called “7 on Multiplication.” This series is an overview of our vision for the year, focusing on our big five vision objectives: becoming a Revelation 7:9-10 church; growing in discipleship depth; growing in mission width; growing in leadership multiplication; and increasing in overall engagement. Sometimes we aim to become a “10” but in this series we will talk about why we are aiming for “7” instead.
You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.
Becoming 7 (Revelation 7:9-10)
“There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9)
The Multiplication Example (Exodus 18; Luke 5, 6, 9, 10; Acts 20:4-5)
- Moses (Exodus 18)
- Jesus (Luke 5:1-11, 27-32; 6:12-16; 9:1-6; 10:1-20)
- Paul (Acts 20:4-5)
The Multiplication Principle (2 Timothy 2:2)
- Why we must multiply
- When we must multiply
- Who we must look for
Becoming 7 on Multiplication