Talks for Growing Christians
Epaphroditus: Another Example of a Self-Giving Christian
Lesson Number 12
- Sickness is not necessarily the result of sin.
- Sickness is not necessarily an alarm for healing.
- You don’t have to become a martyr to get a martyr’s reward.
- Who are your heroes?
- Is sickness necessarily a result of sin? Can it be because of sin?
- Discuss the sickness of Epaphroditus.
- How were the believers to receive Epaphroditus?
- Do you have to become a martyr to receive a martyr’s crown?
- Why does Paul use the phrase, “you all,” more in this epistle than in any of the others?
- No, it can be for the glory of God. See John 9:3. Yes, it can be disciplinary. See 1 Corinthians 11:28-30.
- Epaphroditus got sick in the line of duty, giving himself to the point of risking his life.
- See Philippians 2:29.
- No. Epaphroditus will be rewarded in line with his motives and attitudes, and so will many Christians who have sacrificed their health and well-being for the sake of the gospel.
- Because this exhortation for unity in the Philippian church was meant for the whole church to practice.
- Discuss a self-giving attitude. As you look around you, do you see some believers being excellent examples of this attitude? What makes them different from others? Consider the extent of your self-giving attitude.
- Some Christians believe that a sick person should seek healing. Why, then, didn’t Paul have a healing service for Epaphroditus? We know from Acts 19:11-12 that God used Paul to bring healing to many. How did Paul deal with the sickness of Epaphroditus? What does this say to us today?
- Look around you and see the quiet Christians who are self-giving. Hold them in high esteem.
- “Receive him…in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem.” Philippians 2:29