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The Gospel Bids us to Supply what is Lacking:


It is such a privilege to be a leader in God’s church, but it also comes with lots of responsibilities, sacrifices, and heartaches. 


Churches lack something until they ________________ in gospel witness                                                                                 V. 30


And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”     -Matthew 28:18-20                             Acts 1:8



Is the responsibility to make disciples given to some believers, or all believers?


Whose responsibility is it to reach Danville in a tangible way?


E______________ the gospel workers in your midst!       V. 29



Notable things about Timothy’s service for the Lord       V. 19-24



Notable things about Epaphroditus’ service for the Lord   V. 25-27



What we see in both Timothy and Epaphroditus are a love for God and people and the gospel and that because they had faithfully served in their local church God had _______________ them to take the gospel to other places!


By the way…


Epaphroditus means “F___________________ of Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love.”


Two Gospel Workers Compared:




Like –Minded



Fellow Soldier

Risked his life to make up their lack

Served with me in the gospel




Like a son with his father



My brother;

death would have caused Paul grief

Will genuinely care about your interests

Longing for all of you;

(Paul longed 4 them in 1:8-same word)

Distressed you heard he was sick

Seeks interests of Jesus Christ

rather than his own


Came close to death

for the work of Christ

Proven Character



Hold men like him in honor

Apostle (I Thess 2:7)



Apostle (apostolon);

your messenger to my need


Your minister to my need-

priestly sort of ministry

(their sacrificial gift)