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THE COMMENDABLE SERVANT OF GOD
August 15, 1999
INTRODUCTION: Timothy had the heart of a servant.
The servant heart is not the product of an hour's sermon,
or a week's seminar, or even a year's service. The
servant's heart grows in us as, like Timothy, we yield to
the Lord and seek to serve others.
Paul wants us to know that the servant's heart is not a
luxury enjoyed by a chosen few; it is a necessity for
Christian joy, and an opportunity for all believers.
Remember, in the opening verses of Chapter 2, Paul
exhorts the believers to humility and unselfishness. He
points to the Supreme Example, Jesus Christ. If we are
to learn anything about humility and selflessness, we
must look to Christ. Paul not only used the Supreme
Example of Jesus Christ, he also used the Servant
Example of two men, Timothy and Epaphroditus.
I. THE TESTIMONY OF THE SERVANT. 19-21
Testimony -- is a person's witness as known by
others. "If you loose your testimony, you'll be
fortunate to live long enough to reestablish it."
Prov 27:2, "Let another man praise you, and not your
own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips."
Prov 27:21, "The refining pot is for silver and the
furnace for gold, and a man is valued by what others
say of him."
EXAMPLE: The Building of A Spiritual Resume
A. THE SERVANT STRENGTHENS OTHERS. 19a
Paul had a pastor's heart; a shepherd's heart or a
servant's heart. He desires to know of their condition,
therefore, he wishes to send servant Timothy.
Encouraged -- Paul was concerned about the spiritual
progress of others.
Acts 15:36, "Then after some days Paul said to
Barnabas, "Let us now go back and visit our brethren in
every city where we have preached the word of the Lord,
and see how they are doing."
Paul was not only concerned about people being saved,
but also about people growing in the Lord.
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