Opening Prayer Thoughts
Praise and confession.
- Praise God for the privilege and blessing of public worship. Praise God that His love to His people is real and that we can rest content in it.
- Confess the sin of anxiety and fear, and pray for the help of the Holy Spirit to truly trust in the Lord.
Doctrine for the Mind and Heart.
Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 56 – What is the reason attached to the third commandment?
Answer – The reason attached to the third commandment is that though the breakers of this commandment may escape punishment from men, yet the LORD your God will not suffer them to escape his righteous judgement.
Proof Texts – Deuteronomy 28:58-59, 1 Samuel 3:13, 1 Samuel 4:11
Comment – No one can escape the judgement of God.
This is taken from https://matt2819.com/wsc where you will find proof texts.
Verse to memorise.
Philippians 3:13,14. “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit's help as you read God's Word.
Please read Philippians 2:19-30.
Notes written by Rev. Philip Dunwoody (Dervock, RPCI), with slight amendments.
Ch 2:19-30. A Few Good Men.
So far in chapter 2, Paul has laid out the need for humble believers who love the gospel. He's already given his readers the supreme example of Jesus; now he gives two other great examples: Timothy and Epaphroditus.
Paul had first met Timothy during his second missionary journey (see Acts 16:1ff.). After Paul left Philippi, Timothy probably stayed for a while, as a temporary preacher and pastor, before later re-joining Paul. However, when Paul writes to the Philippians, Timothy is obviously with Paul in Rome (see chapter 1:1, chapter 2:19). The Philippians would have loved to have Timothy back to minister to them. But Paul can't send him yet: he says in verse 20 that he has "no one like" Timothy. He was a unique blessing to Paul, a son in the Christian faith (verse 20). Unlike others who had fallen away (verse 21), Timothy had "proven" himself to Paul (verse 22) as a humble servant of Christ.
Paul also commends a man called Epaphroditus. Paul describes him as a "brother", a "fellow worker and fellow soldier", and a "messenger and minister". Paul's words in verses 26-27 suggest that Epaphroditus had set out from Philippi to Rome to visit Paul, probably with gifts for him from the Philippian church. On the way, Epaphroditus fell ill. Rather than turn back, or stop to recover, he pressed on, knowing how much it would mean to Paul to receive the gifts of the Philippians. Epaphroditus may not have been a preacher and teacher like Timothy, but he still performed invaluable service: he encouraged Paul in prison, even risking his own life to do so.
We need more young people like Timothy and Epaphroditus in the church. What will you do with your gifts? Will you humbly learn from older Christians? Will you encourage them? Will you be content to do the "small jobs", until, after training and maturity, you are given bigger tasks in the church of Jesus? What can you do this week to humbly serve a member or members of your local church the way Timothy and Epaphroditus served Paul and the Philippians?
Sing with joy in your heart to God.
Psalm 108A. Link to the words. Link to it being sung.
Thank God for men and women in the church who have a strong servant heart, and are willing and quick to serve.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Andrew Quigley
Minister, Ottawa RPC