Joy & Honour

Ordinary People: Radical joy  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  22:24
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We're discussing the value of local church Eldership. In Philippians 2:25-30, Paul highlights a man by the name of Epaphroditus, who was an Elder in the local church in Philippi. Such men should be received with joy and are worthy of honour.

 Whitehorse Baptist Church Ordinary People: Radical Joy "LESSON #9: JOY & HONOUR" (PHIL. 2:25-30) OUTLINE STYLE: INDUCTIVE DEVELOPMENT INTRODUCTION: 1. PRE-MESSAGE PRAYER (Facilitated by Worship Team) 2. (VIDEO) "BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP" BY 9MARKS 3. (SLIDE 1) COMMITMENT SUNDAY i) Eldership: A Significant Commitment Ø Chris Swaffield - Willing to go the distance! o (1) Prayer & Devotion, (2) Reading & Reporting, (3) Covenant Work, (4) Immerse Assessment & (5) Town Hall Meeting ii) (SLIDE 2) Series Recap iii) Epaphroditus - Willing to go the distance...and almost died! TEACHING: 4. (SLIDE 3-4) PHILIPPIANS 2:25-30 5. WHO WAS EPAPHRODITUS? (Philippi's Messenger & Minister) a) (SLIDE 5) Easton's Bible Dictionary i) Epaphroditus was "...the messenger who came from Phillipi...Paul mentions him in words of esteem and affection. On his return to Philippi he was the bearer of Paul's letter to the church there." b) (SLIDE 6) James, Fausset, and Brown’s Commentary On the Whole Bible i) “Epaphroditus probably held a leading office in the Philippian Church, perhaps as a presbyter...” ii) “...had brought on himself by the fatigues of the journey a dangerous sickness.” Ø Presbyter: Elder, Minister, Overseer, Bishop iii) (SLIDE 7) “But now that he was recovered, he ‘longed’ to return to his Philippian flock, and in person to relieve their anxiety on his behalf, in respect to his sickness...” c) (SLIDE 8) Read Philippian 4:18 (Epaphroditus mentioned again...) 6. PAINT THE CONTEXTUAL PICTURE (Recap the above...) APPLICATION: IDEA 7. (SLIDE 9) JOY & HONOUR a) Phil. 2:29: "So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men," b) Remember Chris' sermon a couple of weeks ago...Philippian Culture. i) Status, wealth and prestige will only get us so far... 8. (SLIDE 10) IT'S NOT ABOUT ME, IT'S ABOUT HIM a) John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.” b) (SLIDE 11) It's not about me. It's all about Jesus! CONCLUSION: 9. (SLIDE 12) COMMUNION: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Ø 23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Ø (SLIDE 13) 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. 10. (SLIDE 14) BAPTISM & INVITATION Ø Matthew 28:19-20a: "19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." 11. POST-MESSAGE PRAYER (Pray for OFFERING & Close Message)
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