Faithful Brothers (22 of 23) by Stephen Whitney

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Faithful Brothers (22 of 23)
Series: Colossians - The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ
Stephen Whitney
Colossians 4:7-11

Wealthy talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, said, ''Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.''

Paul had shared the gospel throughout most of the Roman Empire as a result of histhree missionary journeys over the past 20 years. But now he was under house arrest in Rome (Acts 28:30) and was no longer free to travel. He did not know what the outcome of his trial before the Roman Emperor would be.

Those men who had traveled and ministered with him on those missionary journeys had nothing to gain by staying with him in Rome, but they did because they were faithful Christian brothers. Prov. 18:24 There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

It was their common faith in Christ that caused them to stand with Paul even though they didn't know what would happen to him.

John 15:12 Jesus told his disciples, ''This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.'' How had Jesus loved his disciples? He never gave up on them even though they didn't understand what he was trying to teach them or why he had come to earth which was to die for their sins.

Paul had some faithful brothers who continued to support him even though they didn't know what would eventually happen to him. Faithful means to be consistent, loyal, true or trustworthy so that you do not walk away when things become difficult and hard.

TYCHIUS - FELLOW MINISTER :7-8 Character :7 Tychius probably had come to trust Christ as his Savior during the two years that Paul ministered in Ephesus (Acts 19:10) He is first mentioned as one of Paul's traveling companions when he leaves Ephesus to go on to Macedonia (Acts 20:4).

We don't known what he did after Paul went back to Jerusalem and then was eventually sent to Rome to stand trial, but he came to Rome and wa ...


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