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The Pleasure of Dedicated Disciples (10 of 10)
Series: Postcards From Prison - Philemon
Philemon 1:23-25 (KJV) 23 There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus; 24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers. 25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
I - The Mentioned Names of these Men - Description
A) Consider the Mention of their Names
1 - The Great Apostle Personally Appreciated Them
2 - The Great Apostle Publically Acknowledged Them
B) Consider the Meaning of their Names
1 - Epaphras: ''Lovely''
2 - Marcus: ''A defense''
3 - Aristarchus: ''The best ruler''
4 - Demas: ''Governor of people''
5 - Lucas: ''Light giving''
II - The Ministerial Needfulness of these Men - Dedication
A) Paul Had Wonderfully Won Most of Them - Loved their Souls
B) Paul Had Willingly Worked Most of Them - Liked their Service
III - The Matchless Nature of these Men - Devotion
A) Devoted in their Spirit
B) Devoted in their Service
Recognizing True Value
A gem dealer was strolling the aisles at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show when he noticed a blue-violet stone the size and shape of a potato. He looked it over, then, as calmly as possible, asked the vendor, ''You want $15 for this?'' The seller, realizing the rock wasn't as pretty as others in the bin, lowered the price to $10. The stone has since been certified as a 1,905-carat natural star sapphire, about 800 carats larger than the largest stone of its kind. It was appraised at $2.28 million.
It took a lover of stones to recognize the sapphire's worth. Paul recognized the true value of his helpers and he is recognizing them as he ends his letter to Philemon. It is a smart leader that understands the importance of recognizing those that have helped him. If it was not for Barnabas coming along and mentoring Paul, we may not even know who he is today.
Barnabas was an encourager and the apostles had confidence in him and it ...
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