I. THE IDENTITY OF A FAITHFUL LABORER (v. 25)
I) A faithful laborer is a brother (v. 25a)
II) A faithful laborer is a fellow worker (v. 25b)
III) A faithful laborer is a fellow soldier (v. 25c)
IV) A faithful laborer is a messenger (v. 25d)
V) A faithful laborer is a minister (v. 25e)
II. THE HEART OF A FAITHFUL LABORER (v. 26-27, 30)
I) The heart of a faithful laborer longs for the saints (v. 26a)
II) The heart of a faithful laborer distresses over the saints (v. 26b-27)
III) The heart of a faithful laborer is willing to risk his life for the saints (v. 30)
III. HOW FAITHFUL SAINTS TREAT FAITHFUL LABORERS (v. 26, 28-29)
I) Faithful saints are concerned with the welfare of faithful laborers (v. 26)
II) Faithful saints receive faithful laborers with all joy (v. 29a)
III) Faithful saints honor faithful laborers (v. 29b)
I. Read verses 25-27. What do we learn about Epaphroditus and therefore about faithful gospel ministry?
II. According to verse 25, how did Paul view Epaphroditus? According to verse 27, how did Paul feel about Epaphroditus? What do we learn about faithful gospel ministry from verse 30?