A Servant’s Gospel – Community
19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 They all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also. 25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.
This is the last of four messages on how the gospel forms us into being servants of Jesus Christ.
Gospel- Cause The gospel defines the cause for which we live.
Gospel-Character The gospel forms the character of our lives.
Gospel-Conduct The gospel empowers the conduct of our lives.
Gospel-Community The gospel establishes a new community through our lives.
The gospel of God’s grace intends to bring about a transformation in our lives that reflects that grace in relation to others and to the work of the Lord. Gospel-grace offers a freedom from our need to keep the law, freedom from the burden of achieving our own righteousness, and freedom from the condemnation that we deserve because of the idolatry and rebellion of our lives. However, grace can be misunderstood. Grace can be abused, Grace can be distorted. Grace is not antithetical to spiritual discipline, holiness, obedience, commitment, responsibility, etc. All of the above without the gospel of grace end up in self-effort and forms of legalism and religiosity.Nevertheless, to claim an experience with the gospel of grace without a concomitant (simultaneous) commitment to holiness, obedience, and responsibility should cause you to wonder whether or not you have the real thing. Read more »