#182 – CO-WORKER (1/9/20)
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‘But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honour people like him, because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me.’ (Philippians 2:25-30)
Please also turn to Ephesians 2:10
Having called Epaphroditus, his brother, he now describes him as his ‘co-worker’. Epaphroditus risked his life in journeying from Philippi to Paul in Rome with a financial gift and news from the church. This term is not empty praise. Epaphroditus was a brother who was also practically helpful to the church and to Paul.
We are family, but we have work to do! Can you imagine a building site where all they did was talk and get to know each other! All well and good, but they need to build together! Of course, it’s not all about what you do, but doing is important.
Paul says that he is ‘my…co-worker’. We serve God in whatever and wherever we are: at home, at work, at school, at university… we are to serve God in practical ways to make Him known. However, we are also called to be co-workers with a particular church and particular leaders. It’s vital that we involve ourselves in building the church family in which God has put us. In a world of amazing transport and on-line worship services, it is still God’s will that we are in a local church as fellow co-workers. Let’s resist the temptation to be rootless and unproductive in our church involvement.
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.
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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