Description: Examples of faith with likeminded character stir us in purpose of care. Paul, Timothy, and Epaphroditus demonstrate the way of the walk in Him. We are eager for the success of others. Philippians 1:29-2:1-5, 17-27; John 17:3

 

Speaker: Justin Schaller, Jean Cartier
Sermon 12534
6:30 PM on 06-25/2023

P. Jean Cartier –

Hi. What a week! What team. So thankful to be here with you. Thank you, P. Schaller. I have been very
refreshed all this week with all the people I met, the love I received, and the Word I heard. Every
portion was very, very special. And I think we have discovered God a little bit more this week.
Even if we don’t know. I love the messages of P. Schaller, also. We’ll speak a little bit of one we
heard this week. I learned. We don’t have translation in French, “entitlement.”

Just one verse in John. 17:3. What is eternal life we have received? Let’s pray. (Prayer). John 17:3,
Discovering God is an eternal life’s call. It started at our salvation, and it will never end. If we
think we know God, we don’t know God. Matthew 11:27, I was very meditating on what I was going to
share tonight. God wants to reveal himself to us, so much that he became a man and went to
the cross. He wants to reveal himself to us, and he wants us to grow in this knowledge of who
he is. He wants every day be a day that we discover God and his faithfulness and his nature
and his character.

One day I think we are very well prepared for this day as we continue with the Lord, the day
when we will be with the Lord. When our last day on earth. It will come soon. Soon. But we are
ready for it, because we are receiving the Word, we know who God is, we know where we are
going. We know what’s going to happen. We have the Bible. We have the very truth from the
Bible, not the hope of men but the hope of God. And I think in heaven it will be – I can’t imagine
the day when we are taken into the presence of God. It will be like amazing. It was true! Wow!
God is here! I don’t know.

But I don’t think it will be the first day – there is no time in heaven, so I don’t know how it will
work, but it will be amazement after amazement after amazement for eternity. Why not start now
to be amazed and getting to know this awesome God?

I was thinking about one man in the Bible, Abraham. When you read his story, Genesis 20:12, to 23,
22 or 23, he was a man like us, wasn’t he? He was a man like us. He heard the Word and he
believed God. And maybe at the beginning because we are all like that, he started to do
business with God. He went because God gave him a promise that he would have a great
name. He would be the Father of a great nation.

So, he left without knowing where he was going. But he was like entitled. He was like go but I go
because God is going to give me something. I go because I’ll have a great name. I’ll go because
maybe I will have a son even though he was 75. I will have a son. God gave me a promise.
And the first chapter on him in Genesis 12 is he messed up. He went to Canaan, and after that
went to the south and finished in Egypt, because he has a fear of starving maybe. He’s just a
man like us. And he said now if I mess up, my wife is with the king who is Pharaoh and it is
going to happen. But he found grace as we find grace, because we mess up every day. Often.
Too often. But it doesn’t stop God to love us.

And we started with like maybe the first time we came to church because we had need, and we
wanted God to do something in our lives. And maybe we wanted to have a great name. Who
doesn’t want to have a great name and have a lot of fruit and be a great blessing to other
people? We all want that. Maybe we are lusting for that. And God is working in his life to reveal
himself.

You know the different names we have in these different chapters. Elohim, the high God. How
do you say? The Most High God. And El Roi, the God that sees. You know, like God knows you
better than what you know yourself. Even the very bad things you don’t want to see. He knows
everything. El Shaddai, The Powerful God. Is it something impossible to God. Also, Jehovah
Jireh, the God who is sufficient, who will provide. And this is, I want to finish with this.

We started and because with men and in our relationship we are under entitlement. We, you, I
give you, I do this to you because I want to get that. This is man. But the love of God and the
grace of God change this man as he’s changing us. At the end, he is not doing business with
God. He became the friend of God. The love of God won his heart, that he was ready to give his
only son, Isaac. Wow. He was looking for a name, and maybe we can look for a name, but we
already have a name, Christ. We have fruits. God has chosen us to bear a lot of fruits. And we
will see that in heaven.

One day, all the people we talked to and how can God use us fair men as we are and change
the way the natural way, spiritual way, so this is, this is our life to discover God day after day.
And because he’s so gracious, so patient, so loving, because he made a covenant with us, I
think we an be very secure. I love the message of P. Bailey. I think it released something in my
heart, because the world is very, a lot of anxiety, anxiousness. And we can be anxious, because
we see that it’s not doing so well. But God is in charge. He’s in charge of my life. He’s in charge
of this world, and his plan is going to be done as he told us in the Bible. It’s going to happen.
And we are ready for it. We are ready for it. We want to see how God is going to reveal that we
will discover his faithfulness, and his Word is true. God bless you.

P. Justin Schaller –

Hello. Okay. We got some car keys to the highest bidder. Where should we
start? We got keys up her. P. Steve, yours? Okay. I’m gonna have a good ride home tonight.
Okay. Hey, great to be here. Praise the Lord. What a great week. That was Katie. So Katies is
Alyssa Bender – many of you know Alyssa Bender from Fed Hill, but very much a part of what’s
going on here. Katie moved down from New Hampshire just recently by faith, and she’s a part of
our church in Sailor’s Union, and she can sing. Can’t she? Not just can she sing. She’s
anointed. Great week this week.

We, I just was thinking three years ago – was it three? Yeah. Covid year. We had Convention in
our cars where we would get out of our cards or whatever it might be and thinking man, three
years later. I mean how much life was in this church. It’s a great example of just the fruitful, the
fruitfulness of God’s ministry in this ministry and Greater Grace around the world, not just in this
local assembly. You can see all the names of the people that served throughout the week, but
also just from around the world people making the effort to come and be a part of the Body, and
when you have a group of people that are like-minded in the same Spirit, Christ is manifested in
the church. We saw that this week, and it’ very refreshing, wasn’t it? It was unbelievably
refreshing.

But it just shows that this church and this ministry is very healthy, that we’ve had a week like
this, and we’re very thankful to be able to be a part of it. And the children’s program, I have two
little ones, and when you have kids you’re so thankful. When you don’t have kids, you just walk
by and you’re like, ah, children’s program. But then, you have your own kids, and you’re so
thankful for the people that serve in the children’s program and what an amazing job they did
this week. Yeah. Give them a hand. They had one night, my son, I got a picture right after
service, and my son had like a snake around his neck and he had the biggest grin on his face.
Apparently, they brought in animals, and I asked him, I said, what did it feel like? He said it was
cold and scaly, and then he goes, just like you, dad! I’m thinking what am I doing wrong with my
son that he compares me to a cold snake? But, I don’t know.

We all have takeaways, and I’m sure as we go through the weeks, the summer will just you
know be before God and just ask what do I take away from this week? And I just, I don’t want to
speak too long, but at the same time I want to say something just from the Word. And for my
own takeaway from the week which is just examples. Examples all around us. That we need
examples in our life. And really, the single greatest tool in a spiritual life is to have an example in
front of you. That we have doctrine and we have principles and thank God that we have
objective truth, but we need to see people that actually apply that objective truth in reality, in real
life the way that we live real life.

The principles in the Scripture tell us of our duty, who we are positionally, but an example in our
life assures us that that duty, that principle can be applied in a life and actually have fruit that
comes from it. And obviously, Jesus Christ is our example. He is the chief example. But he was
sinless and he was perfect. We need examples that are like us in the sense that we are still
living in this body of sin and death. We are still weak. We still have things that can trip us up,
and we need to see people that are out in front of us, that are examples to us, that are out there
in the fight, that put to life the precepts and the doctrines that we know.

So, Philipians. 2 and this is really a go-to passage for me on this subject matter of examples. And the
Apostle Paul is going to give us a few examples here and the examples are showing us the
mind of Christ. If you look just briefly, the beginning of the chapter gives us what the commission
is or what the precept or what the doctrine is. You can see that these are high standards. vs. 3-
5.

Paul lays out the precept and the doctrine, and then he gives us examples, And the primary
example is Christ himself. That this is what it looks like to live a life that isn’t going after its own
selfish ambition or conceit. This is a life that is one that’s not looking on its own needs, but on
the needs of others. And we know this famous portion of Scripture that Christ emptied himself.
He became a servant. He humbled himself. He became obedient to the point of death meaning
that he didn’t look on his own selfish desires, but rather our needs in the sense that we needed
a perfect sacrifice. And he was going to lay his life down to become that perfect sacrifice.

So, Paul gives us the first example and it’s Christ. The second is Paul himself that you can see
in vs. 17 that his life was a life that was poured out as a drink offering, a sacrifical offering for the
faith of the Philippian church. The next is Timothy, and then the next is this man Epaphroditus.
So, you have Christ being the primary example. Then, you have Paul who’s an apostle. Then,
you have Timothy who is a pastor. And then you have this man Epaphroditus who we don’t know
that much about other than he was just a common man in the church in Philippi.

So, Paul will give us these examples, and what he wants to express to us is that the ultimate joy
of the believer comes from the ultimate sacrifice of laying your life down for the sake of the
church. Paul had a visio of the church. Amazing vision of the church. And that vision was that
Paul wanted to see the maturity of the believers in the church. His life was not based upon him
trying to succeed naturally. His life was singularly focused on the maturity of the people in the
church. He laid his life down for their sake, and he wants to teach these Philippians to lay their
life down for each other as well.

So, just a little background. We see in Philippians 1, if we look there in Philippians 1:27, we see that there
this church is a great church. Paul loved this church. He planted the church with Timothy and
other people. He loved these people very much, but he had received word that there was
disharmony in the church. And he says in vs. 29 of chapter 1, “it’s been granted to you that for
the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him, but also suffer for his sake, engage in the
same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have. Philippians 2:1-2, we get little hints
through this epistle that there was somewhat of disharmony. Chapter 4:2, there is two women
that had a disagreement. And Paul is saying to them agree in the Lord. He was always going for
unity, because he knew if there was disunity or disharmony there wouldn’t be the full
manifestation of Christ in the church. So, he gives this message in Philippians 2 to the Philippians that
I need you to be of one mind, and this is what the mind looks like.

Let’s just look at a few verses. This is what the mind of Christ looks like. Let’s start in vs. 19. So, Timothy is going to be the one. Paul is here in Rome. He’s imprisoned. He’s still working the ministry. He has Timothy,
Epaphroditus. He has the believers in the church in Rome. They’re with him, and he is still doing
ministry. But he gets word that the Philippians need to be encouraged in unity. So, he’s going to
send Timothy. We know Timothy is a man that Paul was always using in the ministry, because
he was like-minded like Paul.

Look in 1 Corinthians 4. Timothy was a like-minded man. Look at 1 Corinthians 4:16. he says, I urge you,
speaking to the Corinthians, be imitators of me. You know, Paul didn’t say – obviously he knows
that they know to be imitators of Christ, but they need an example, and that example is the
Apostle Paul. Be an imitator of me he says to the Corinthians. But look at what he says after
that. That is why I sent you, Timothy. It was almost as though that Timothy was a carbon copy of
the Apostle Paul. He was like-minded. He had the same mission. He had the same sympathy.
He had the same direction. He had the same vision of what the church was.

That Paul didn’t send just anybody, but he sent people that were like-minded. And Timothy was one of those
people, a like-minded man. That’s really what discipleship is. Producing people like you.
Someone told me on Friday afternoon that discipleship is distinct in the sense of the people that
are being discipled by that particular person will have a distinct character trait possibly of the
one who’s discipled them. It’s Christ’s character. It’s Christ’s nature, but they’re been discipled.
And Timothy was that way. And it’s interesting that Paul – look at if we go back to Philippians 2. It’s
interesting that Paul – look at what he says in vs. 20. “For I have no one like him.”

Now, Epaphroditus is with him. If you look in Philippians 4, you don’t have to turn there, but in vs. 21 you
can look it says, “greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. All
the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.”

So, Paul had the people in the Roman church. Paul had the ministers that were ministering with
him in prison in Rome and the saints. But he says to the Philippians in Philippians 2, I have no one
like-minded like Timothy. Wow! That’s special, isn’t it? He had other believers, but there was no
one like Timothy. I think for the specific ministry that Paul was called to to the Gentiles, he had
no one like Timothy that had the same mindset that he had. It’s almost like I don’t want to
embarrass my father, but P. Stevens when he went home to be with the Lord, he had a man that
was like minded in the sense of what this ministry is. There’ s many people – we know in Php.
1, there were many people that were preaching the gospel. There was many people that were
preaching the gospel for the right reason. And there were some that were preaching it thorugh
selfish ambition, but Paul says there’s only one Timothy.

Look at vs. 20. “For I have no one like him who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.”
Look at that word “concerned.” if you look in Php. 4:6, if we can pull that up there. Look at what
Paul says in vs. 6. Do you see that? That’ a command. If you are anxious, that is a sin. But look.

Philippians 2, he uses the same exact word, and what does he say? “I don’t have anyone that is like-
minded.” And how is he like-minded, Paul? How does he have the same mind as you? “He is genuinely anxious for your welfare.”

Do you know it’s a sin to be anxious about your own life, but it’s not a sin to be anxious about
the needs of other people. Paul said, we heard it in the message I don’t know Tuesday night, in
2 Corinthians 11, I’ve received beatings. I’ve received stonings. I’ve received imprisonments. But the
thing that concerns me and gives me the most anxiety is the concern of the church. Paul was
always living with that concern for the church. Just like if you have children, you have concern
for your children. Paul said there is no one who is like-minded other than Timothy that has the
level of concern for the church that I do.

Don’t look on your own selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind consider others
better than yourself. Don’t be anxious about your own life. Be concerned about other people’s
anxieties and fears. vs. 21. I think Jesus was dealing with anxiety when he was in the Garden of
Gethsemane, and it wasn’t anxiety of sin. I think Jesus was dealing with that. He was dealing
with the weight of what was in front of him, and it wasn’t a sin when it’s concerned with other
people.

Paul says this. vs. 21-23. I love Paul, because he is always saying I’m going to send him, but it’s
based upon the Lord’s will. He always knew – it’s like that proverb that says that the plans of
man are in his heart, but the Lord directs his steps. The man prepares a horse for battle, but the
Lord brings the victory. Paul was always under the sovereignty of God, but he still had the plan, and he’s just believing that God’s going to actually answer it. And that Timothy is going to be
able to go.

But do you see in that section of Timothy, Paul uses him to describe what it means to have the
mind of Christ. And what he’s saying is he’s not concerned with his own life. He’s concerned
with you. That’s the pastor’s heart.

But let’s look at the last one just in closing here. This man Epaphroditus. Look at it in vs. 25. It’s
amazing. Just go through this chapter, and I know many of you have probably many times. But
go through this chapter, and just see how much this chapter is all about people not being
concerned with their own welfare, but being concerned with other people’s welfare.

And Epaphroditus is a man from the church in Philippi when the Philippians heard that Paul was
in prison in Rome, they wanted to send Paul money, an offering. We get that in Philippians 4. So, they
had to send the money with somebody who was obviously loyal. Someone who is trustworthy.
Someone from the church to go be with Paul. But not only to be with Paul to bring the money,
but to stay with Paul and to serve Paul in whatever he needed. Epaphroditus is a perfect
example of a man that is in the church that has the mind of Christ that isn’t an apostle, isn’t a
pastor, but is there to support the Apostle Paul. And Paul loves this man so much that what does
he say? He’s my fellow brother. The great Apostle Paul says that this little guy from Philippi is
his fellow brother in the Lord? Yes. Fellow worker. Fellow soldier. Messenger and minister to my
need.

You have to think the Philippians aren’t going to just send anybody to the Apostle Paul. They’re
going to send a man who has the mind of Christ. So, look in vs. 26. He’s been longing for you
all. vs. 26. So, we know in the ancient world no email, no text message, no phone calls. But
when this man, Epaphroditus, came to Rome he was there in Rome, and it must have been that
someone got work in Rome that Epaphroditus was sick. Not sick to just he’s going to get over it,
but sick to the point of death. And someone carried the message from Rome back to the church
in Philippi, and told them Epaphroditus is at the point of death.

So, Epaphroditus is there, and then he gets word that they got work that he’s sick. And look at
what it says. vs. 26. These Greek words, if you go into them, I tis he is longing. He is the
deepest desire, and he is distressed. The word “distress” is the same word that’s used with
Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane before the cross. He is distressed. He’s not just worried
that you think he’s going to die. He is distressed. He’s at the point that he can’t even handle
himself. He needs to go back to tell you that he’s okay. It’s almost as though that you get a word
that someone’s worrying about you about a situation that you’ve gotten through, but they’re still
living in the anxiety and fear that it could happen to you. vs. 26. Now, that seems like a little, you
know, okay, that’s just a little maybe a little situation.

Why is Paul putting that in there? Because the attitude of Ephaphroditus. He’s not worried about
dying himself. He’s not worried about the fact that, you know, like Paul says in Philippians 1, it’s far
better to go home and be with the Lord, but for your sake it’s better for me to stay here and be
with you. Epaphroditus wasn’t worried about himself. He was worried about his brothers and
sisters in Philippi. He was worried about maybe there’s disharmony, disunity; and he’s also
worried that they are worried about him. Wow! Do you see how Timothy had anxiety over them?
Now, Ephaphroditus is having anxiety over them.

And look at what it says. vs. 27-28. Wow! I mean, you could put this all together and just say
that everybody’s worried about everybody else. Do you see how in the ministry there’s going to
be fear? Do you see how there’s going to be anxiety? Do you see there’s going to be
discouragement? 2 Corinthians 7, Paul’s saying that there’s pressures on the outside, and there’s fears
and anxieties on the inside. But it was never about him. In these examples, it’s not about them.
It’s about the care for other people.

That’s the mind of Christ. Don’t do anything out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind consider others better than yourself. Guess what? When you have more people in your life, it could be that you have more times that you fall to your knees, because you’re anxious over other people. I’m not saying a sinful anxiety. I’m saying
an anxiety that actually matters, because you are not worried about things. You’re not worried
about status. You’re worried about relationships.

And here’s the Apostle Paul in prison about to lose his head, and he doesn’t even care about
that. He cares about these two ladies in the church having unity so that they can grow in
sanctification, so that every member of the Body can serve other parts of the Body, so that
Christ could be glorified in Philippi. That’s what he’s concerned about. He’s not concerned about
his own status.

Here’s Epaphroditus, a man who’s living probably a pretty pleasant life in Philippi. Maybe he’s
got some kids. Maybe he’s got his wife. Maybe he’s a deacon in the church. He gets called to go
be with a man who is a Roman prisoner in jail who’s about to lose his head. Do you think that
Ephaphroditus might be a little bit worried about his future, too? But what is he worried about?
He’s worried about Paul’s needs. Paul, what do you need? So much he said this is my fellow
laborer. This is a soldier in Christ. Why? Because he wasn’t serving his own needs. He wasn’t
serving his own interests. He was looking on the interests of other people. This is the mind of
Christ. We need these types of examples. We need sinners saved by grace that have the mind
of Christ, that are looking outside of their own bank account.

Looking outside of their own material goods. Looking outside of their own reputation. Looking outside of their own wants and needs and desires and feelings as though that they’re entitled to something. But rather, we need
people that have a much grander view of life, and see that the church of Christ, there’s no better
way to spend your life and lose your life for the sake of Christ’s bride. We need examples.
And this week, we saw examples. You see examples of people that are not looking so much on
who they are, but they’re looking on what your needs are.

We have examples all over the place. I remember when I was called to go to Fed Hil, and God had planted the church in Fed Hill. He called me to be a part of that. I was thinking, how am I going to have a family, work a job, do a
church? How am I going to do that? Oh, P. Shibley did it. Oh, Dr. Wright did it. Oh, Harry
Weiskopf. I remember the first year in Convention. I’m thinking I’m like going out of my mind.
Like how is this ever going to happen? And P. Harry Weiskopf came up to me and gave me the
greatest words of wisdom that were so simple. I go, if he could do it by God’s grace, maybe I
could do it by God’s grace. And it wasn’t like, oh, I’m this great guy and I have oh, just come on.
Put your boots on, and buckle up and just be a man. No, it was, hey, depend on God’s grace.
Do whatever you can for the Lord.

That’s it. Like Paul says, one plants, one waters, God brings the increase. Just relax about it. The whole thing is all about grace. Just see that other people are people of grace, people of the finished work, people that go out
like the Collinses that go to Argentina. Or people that go to China or people that go to Korea or
Europe or Africa. People that go out and they see the necessity of what the church is. And they
spend their life serving other people. And God does these tremendous things. And their
testimony is I’m not much. I’m a clay pot. But the grace of God, the grace of God has worked in
me, so that I can work harder than them all. Not I, but the grace of God that is in me.
What is that? That’s a principle, but it’s exemplified in a person’s life.

And you see that it’s so attractive to say that I want to be like that person. I want to be a Timothy. I want to be an
Ephaphroditus. I want to be a person who is not so little. You know, like when someone is living
their life, and it’s all about them. Their life is so small. It’s so small. It’s like you listen to him talk.
You get bored and they’re like, really it’s not so interesting, man. Your life’s not that interesting.
I’m sorry. But we’re, none of us are interesting. We’re all like, none of us, if we talk about
ourselves it’s boring.

Let’s go something bigger, something heavenly, something that God’s doing in our simple,
meager, little, sinful lives. That God, the God of the universe came down, saved us, put his Holy
Spirit in us, empowered us by his grace, so that we can go out not looking on our own needs,
but seeing Lord, your people are in this city. How can we serve this city? Where are your
people, so they can be drawn in, and we can teach them the same mind. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Who took upon himself the form of a servant. Isn’t that the best
life? It’s the best life. We don’t make much of ourselves whatsoever. We are nothing. Paul says
we are clay vessels. You know what a clay vessel was in the ancient world?

When you had dinner, you would have your plates, you would have your food, you would have
your glasses. You have a garbage can in the middle of the table. When you got done with your
chicken bone, guess what? It went in the garbage can. Paul says you’re a garbage can to carry
the gospel. Not trying to belittle us or say anything about us. Like we’re – he’s just saying you
compare it to the gospel. You’re just a little trash bucket on the dining room table. Unless you’re
in Africa. I remember years ago, I went to Africa, and I ate a bunch of chicken bones. The guy
sitting next to me says, what are you going to do with them? I said, I’m going to throw them
away. He goes, no. I’m going to eat them. He ate every single one of them. Right down. Look at
those teeth! So, how’d you do that?

We are clay vessels, simple people. Stumbling people. Fumbling people. Going backwards
people. But we need examples. And do we not have examples? We don’t have examples of
guys getting up here with fancy clothes on and fast cars and big mansions telling you if you
follow God, you’re going to be blessed. You’re going to be riches like me. We don’t have that.
We have the Vincent’s down here, right? We have the Collinses here. We have P. Scibelli. I
don’t know how – it doesn’t matter how old he is, but that guy is so fired up. I go, I want to be
like him when I’m 70 years old. I want to be like my father when I’m 70 years old.

These people are not concerned with themselves. They’re concerned with the well-being of the
church, and this week we got to see that the leadership of this church, the pastors of this church
care about one thing and one thing only. And it’s the health of the churches worldwide, so that
Christ can be glorified to every tongue, tribe, and nation. Thank God we’re in a ministry like that.
We don’t have special seats down front for special people. We’re all saved by the same grace.
Given an unbelievable message. Empowered by the greatest, most powerful thing any human
being could be filled with, the Holy Spirit. We have examples in front of us saying let’s run the
race. Let’s keep going. One more year, 2023. Let’s keep going. Let’s keep moving forward. The
best years are in front of us. Amen. (Prayer).

 

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