• Matt Beaney

#180 – YOU ARE SENT (28/8/20)

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‘For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.  But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.  And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.’ (Philippians 2:21-24)

Paul is unable to visit this church but continues to have love and concern for them by doing what he can. He’s in prison and yet he is sending Timothy to help them. Do you see the gospel being enacted here? Paul, sending Timothy, mirrors the Father sending His son for our welfare.


Leaders, and every Christian, should do what they can for the welfare of people. None of us can do all that we would want, but we can all do what we can!

After Jesus appeared to the murderous Saul on the Road to Damascus, He sent Ananias on the scary assignment of the healing and baptism of this enemy of the church. We read,


‘In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.  In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem.  And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.’ (Acts 9:10-16)

Ananias, I believe, had an attitude of submission and readiness to hear and obey Jesus. God can use those who are willing to be sent!


RESPONSE

Paul sent Timothy to Philippi, how does the Holy Spirit want to send you in order to serve others?


COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY


Some groups are not meeting in August. However, if you do meet, please use one of the daily studies and the questions below as the basis of your study together.


Discussion questions:

1. What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about (maybe from Sunday's message or your bible reading this week)?


2. What will you do in response?


3. How can we pray for you?



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