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How to Treat Good (But Imperfect) People Part 1

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September 14, 2019
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How to Treat Good (But Imperfect) People Part 1

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  • Looking for a ray of light
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  • Looking for something better than this
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  • Oh, so tired of the black and white
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  • Longing for prism light
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  • Oh, the bliss
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  • Forward at the speed of life
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  • towards the color and the light
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  • Moving at the speed of life
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  • towards the color and the light
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  • Joy unspeakable and full of colors
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  • Found a hope so bright and clear
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  • Living in the realm of grace so vivid
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  • Our Savior's radiance so very near to me
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  • male announcer: Would the way you treat people look different
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  • if you saw them through Christ's eyes?
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  • "Connect with Skip Heitzig" today as he studies Paul's words
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  • about his friend Epaphroditus, and discover how you can treat
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  • others with the same love and compassion Christ
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  • showed you.
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  • Skip Heitzig: In Philippians chapter 2, we read about a guy
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  • named Epaphroditus.
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  • Now that's an unusual name.
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  • In fact, Epaphroditus at first sounds like a disease.
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  • You know, appendicitis, diverticulitis.
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  • I have a bad case of Epaphroditus.
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  • But Epaphroditus was not a disease.
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  • He was a dear friend of Paul the Apostle, who was also
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  • a servant of Paul.
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  • We're introduced to him here in Philippians chapter 2,
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  • but he's unknown to most of us.
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  • And that's because his name only shows up twice in the Bible,
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  • and both of them are found in the book of Philippians.
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  • But that brings up what I would consider an important point.
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  • Some of God's choicest servants go unnoticed.
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  • They serve behind the scenes.
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  • They're content to be active, but behind the scenes.
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  • Their name isn't in lights.
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  • It's not in the bulletin.
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  • You've never read their books or heard their music.
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  • But they are servants and they are important nonetheless.
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  • And Epaphroditus falls in that category.
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  • We would call him a layman.
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  • That is, he had no official position in the church.
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  • He was not a deacon that we know, or at least he wasn't
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  • an elder.
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  • He wasn't a pastor.
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  • But he was a friend and a servant to Paul
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  • the Apostle.
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  • So, if you have a worship folder with you, you'll notice that I
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  • am calling this message, "How to Treat Good
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  • but Imperfect People."
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  • "How to Treat Good but Imperfect People."
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  • And what Paul is doing is giving a good example of a greater
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  • principle.
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  • The good example is Epaphroditus.
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  • The greater principle is the principle of serving,
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  • loving, humility.
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  • He begins this thought at the beginning of chapter 2.
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  • He opens up the chapter by saying, "If there's therefore
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  • any consolation in Christ, any comfort of his love, any
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  • fellowship of the spirit, fulfill my joy by being
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  • like-minded, having the same love, the same mind.
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  • Let nothing be done through selfish ambition
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  • or conceit, but in lowliness of mind.
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  • Let each consider others better than himself.
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  • Let each of you look out not only for his own interests,
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  • but also for the interests of others."
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  • That's the first four verses of the chapter.
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  • Now, that's the principle.
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  • After giving the principle of humility, lowliness of mind,
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  • he then gives us examples.
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  • And the first example is the best example, Jesus Christ.
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  • So, verse 5 begins, "Let this mind be in you which was also
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  • in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it
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  • not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no
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  • reputation."
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  • After that example that is in the next several verses, he
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  • uses example number two of humility, and that is of his
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  • own sacrificial service.
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  • He says down in verse 17, "If I am being poured out as a drink
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  • offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am
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  • glad and I rejoice."
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  • Now, the readers who are getting this letter hear that principle
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  • being spoken of and read about the two examples that are
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  • used, Jesus and Paul, and some might be tempted to say,
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  • "Well, great.
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  • You just gave me two examples I could never be like."
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  • Jesus is the Son of God.
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  • I know you told me to be Christ-like.
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  • The problem is actually being Christ-like.
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  • He's Jesus, I'm not.
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  • And even Paul the Apostle, good example, but unattainable.
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  • He's that great apostle who has done more for Christianity than
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  • probably anybody else.
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  • So, they may be thinking as they're getting this letter, "Do
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  • you have anybody else that I can relate to?"
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  • And perhaps Paul, knowing that they would think that way
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  • after listing Jesus as an example and himself as
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  • an example, he gives two more.
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  • Timothy is the first one. We covered him last time.
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  • And Epaphroditus is the second.
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  • Verse 25 of Philippians 2 begins, "Yet I considered it
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  • necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow
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  • worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one
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  • who ministered to my need; since he was longing for you
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  • all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick.
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  • For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy
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  • on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should
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  • have sorrow upon sorrow.
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  • Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him
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  • again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful.
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  • Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness,
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  • and hold such men in esteem; because for the work of Christ
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  • he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply
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  • what was lacking in your service toward me."
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  • Now looking at this text, what I want to do with you is show you
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  • some principles of getting along with people,
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  • treating other people.
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  • You'll find this, I think, helpful in treating people who
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  • are your neighbors, your colleagues, other Christians
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  • within the church, even members of your own family.
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  • Because one thing you know about every family, there's not
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  • just one temperament per family.
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  • There's one temperament per individual in that family.
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  • A few years ago, two counselors, John Trent and Gary Smalley, did
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  • some seminars that made its way into a book where they talked
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  • about temperaments within a family, and they
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  • creatively linked the family temperament to the temperament
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  • of certain animals in the animal kingdom.
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  • So for example, they talked about first the lion
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  • temperament.
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  • The lion temperament they say is the strong-hearted, determined,
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  • resilient individual.
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  • Decisive, opinionated, and usually loud.
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  • That's the lion temperament.
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  • Then there's the Golden Retriever.
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  • Caregiving, compassionate.
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  • This one doesn't make any demands.
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  • You can unload on the Golden Retriever.
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  • He'll lie right down there and understand.
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  • Next is the otter, the fun-loving, kickback otter.
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  • Usually this is the youngest in the family.
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  • You know the otter.
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  • Man, it doesn't make any difference.
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  • You know, my older brother, he'll handle it.
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  • Just go and see him. I'm kicking back, baby.
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  • This is no big deal.
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  • Fourth is the hardworking beaver.
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  • Diligent, responsible, organizing.
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  • Beavers don't have one briefcase, they have two.
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  • And they're not the slim, thin, little ones.
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  • They're the expandable ones that look like small luggage,
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  • and they need dollies to carry them.
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  • They know exactly where they are going.
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  • But you get a beaver and a lion combination, and look out.
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  • Now, there are different temperaments within the body
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  • of Christ, as well as within a family.
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  • And the principles you're going to see with me are principles
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  • in treating other people, imperfect people, and treating
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  • them well.
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  • Now, a few words about Epaphroditus.
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  • Epaphroditus was a convert of Paul the Apostle.
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  • Epaphroditus was a Gentile.
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  • That is, he was not a Jewish person.
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  • He was from the Pagan world of Philippi.
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  • His name gives it away, Epaphroditus.
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  • If you were to google that name, don't even do that now please.
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  • But if you were to google that name, they probably would say
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  • things like charming, or lovely, or handsome, but that's
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  • a stretch from the original meaning.
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  • Because Epaphroditus means beloved of Aphrodite.
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  • Anybody know who Aphrodite is or remember the name?
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  • Ever heard of Aphrodite?
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  • The goddess of love.
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  • The Greek goddess of love and fertility.
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  • The Roman equivalent was Venus.
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  • So, Epaphroditus means somebody who belongs to or is--or who is
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  • favored by the Pagan goddess Aphrodite.
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  • So, he had a Pagan background and he was saved on one
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  • of Paul's missionary journeys in Philippi when he went
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  • to that city.
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  • male announcer: In a recent conversation with Skip Heitzig,
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  • bestselling author Joel Rosenberg discusses his recent
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  • move to Israel.
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  • Skip Heitzig: Have things changed in the way you view
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  • the world, living in Jerusalem?
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  • Joel Rosenberg: Well, it's great as a novelist.
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  • It's certainly a target rich environment.
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  • I think that, first of all, I think it's been actually good
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  • and healthy because it was the Lord who told us to go.
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  • All the hardships that we've had with the kids and everything,
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  • but this was from the Lord.
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  • He was pruning us all in lots of different ways, and I've seen
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  • my kids really mature and grow.
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  • Some of them still are working their way through this all,
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  • but two of them are serving in the Israeli Army now.
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  • They know Hebrew fluently.
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  • They they know how to share their faith.
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  • They're a few years older than the others in the unit, so they
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  • have a little bit more maturity.
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  • They've had gone through a little bit more
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  • in their life.
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  • And people ask them.
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  • I mean, it's not like they're even trying to have some plan
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  • to share the gospel with everybody.
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  • It's just that there are super Zionist religious guys
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  • in the unit--in their units, and they are super secular,
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  • you know, drink anything, sleep with anyone.
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  • That's the two groups, and then there's them.
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  • And you know, and so it opens up a lot of conversations.
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  • And but I love that, and they they are more animated
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  • about talking about those opportunities that come up a lot
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  • than they are about almost anything else.
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  • There are some weapon systems they get excited about talking
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  • about they got trained on, or jumping out of airplanes, you
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  • know, and getting their parachute, you know, training.
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  • That's exciting too, but they get excited about talking
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  • about their faith with other young guys and even
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  • with commanders.
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  • So, I'm really proud of them.
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  • And yeah, so how's my view changed?
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  • Well, I think it's reinforced that God is faithful, but I also
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  • see now even more closely what the Joshua Fund Ministry has
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  • been doing for a long time.
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  • I can see and feel the challenge of the life of an Israeli pastor
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  • or ministry leader.
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  • The spiritual warfare is off the charts.
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  • I used to say that that living in Washington D.C.
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  • was such a spiritual warfare targeted city, that when we when
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  • we would drive 50 miles outside of the city just on vacation
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  • or business, you could feel this thing lifting.
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  • Well, it turned out Washington is like base camp one
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  • on the road to Everest.
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  • Like, it almost doesn't even compare.
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  • And you have to leave.
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  • You have to sort of get off the island, they call it.
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  • So, I feel like I am more sympathetic to the life
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  • of the Israeli ministry leaders that we've been investing
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  • in through the Joshua Fund all these years.
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  • The other thing is just the openness of Jewish and Arab
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  • people to the gospel.
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  • I mean, it's amazing.
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  • We are just living at the most amazing moment where Jews
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  • and Arabs are open.
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  • They're open to the gospel.
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  • They're not all responding rapidly, you know, but they
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  • are--they're curious.
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  • We have so many conversations, and not--they're not all
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  • because we've tried to create in it some moment.
  • 00:13:31.230 --> 00:13:34.050
  • Like our kids, people just asking us, and that's exciting.
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  • So, that's a long answer to your question, but--Skip Heitzig:
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  • No, it's good, and I can relate a little.
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  • I lived on a kibbutz for months, and I remember walking away
  • 00:13:43.110 --> 00:13:47.260
  • from that thinking, "I have never experienced spiritual
  • 00:13:47.270 --> 00:13:50.000
  • warfare like I have living in this country."
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  • You know, I was sort of a migrant worker from America
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  • at that time, but a tour to Israel is vastly different
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  • than becoming a citizen of the land.
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  • Joel Rosenberg: Yeah, yeah, even studying there for a while
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  • or working there for a while, it gives you a better sense of what
  • 00:14:03.150 --> 00:14:07.280
  • it's like.
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  • But yeah, when you realize you don't have a home address
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  • and home to return to, and this is my life, and I tried to help
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  • the boys understand we're not-- this is not
  • 00:14:17.110 --> 00:14:19.000
  • a country club membership.
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  • This isn't a gym membership.
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  • This is--it's not a library card.
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  • You're coming here. This is our life.
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  • Now, the Lord, once you finish the army, you go wherever
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  • the Lord takes you.
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  • Like, you know, just as if you're an American, go live
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  • wherever the Lord takes you.
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  • I'm not saying you have to live in Israel the rest of your life,
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  • but you have to take it seriously.
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  • You have to learn the language.
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  • You have to learn the culture.
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  • You need to learn how to share your faith here.
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  • You need to become--you know, put real roots here.
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  • Then if the Lord takes you someplace else, well, that's
  • 00:14:49.170 --> 00:14:52.010
  • what the Lord told the Jewish people to be, a light
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  • to the nations.
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  • So many of the Jewish people rejected the light of the world
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  • who came as Messiah, Jesus, so it's hard to be a light
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  • to the nations if you don't--if you reject the light that we
  • 00:15:03.170 --> 00:15:06.250
  • were supposed to receive to begin with.
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  • But if you have the light of Christ in you, that doesn't
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  • mean you have to stay in Israel.
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  • Go wherever the Lord takes you, but be committed to the country.
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  • And that's been our focus, helping them sort of put roots
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  • down these first almost five years that we've been there.
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  • Skip Heitzig: Paul is in jail.
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  • As you know, he is in two-year prison incarceration in Rome,
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  • which means he's under house arrest.
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  • He's chained to a Roman soldier.
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  • But people can come and go, so Epaphroditus in Philippi
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  • hears about what's happening with Paul and he volunteers
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  • to go to Rome and minister to Paul.
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  • Now with that in mind, we're gonna look at these verses,
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  • and I'm gonna give these principles in principle form
  • 00:15:47.290 --> 00:15:50.250
  • and then we'll probe down into the text.
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  • First of all, when it comes to treating good but imperfect
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  • people, number one, acknowledge their strengths.
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  • Acknowledge their strengths.
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  • You will notice in verse 25 that Paul the Apostle writes no less
  • 00:16:03.010 --> 00:16:07.090
  • than five titles for his friend Epaphroditus, five strengths
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  • that he lists.
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  • And it's kind of written like a crescendo, one on top
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  • of the other.
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  • So, look at the first one.
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  • "Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus,
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  • my brother."
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  • That's who he is first of all, "My brother."
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  • Now, if you are not getting along with another Christian,
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  • you can at least acknowledge this, that person is your
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  • brother, your sister.
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  • In fact, this will help you treat them well, because if you
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  • look at that brother or sister you're not getting along with,
  • 00:16:46.000 --> 00:16:48.090
  • think this thought, "I have to spend eternity
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  • with that person."
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  • You mean I'm stuck with you forever?
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  • Yeah, you are, and because of that, it should behoove you
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  • to try to get along a little bit better now before you get
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  • to eternity.
  • 00:17:05.150 --> 00:17:08.080
  • Now, this whole brother/sister thing was a new concept
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  • in the ancient world.
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  • In the ancient world, the Greeks thought they were better than
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  • everybody else.
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  • The Greeks divided the whole world into two classes, Greek
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  • and barbarian.
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  • If you're not a Greek, you're a barbarian.
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  • The Romans divided the world into Roman citizens and slaves
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  • or subjugated peoples.
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  • And if you weren't subjugated, you will be soon.
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  • That was their mentality.
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  • So, they were divided by class, they were divided ethnically
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  • by race, and so there were feelings of superiority.
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  • And into that Greco-Roman culture comes the church, which
  • 00:17:44.120 --> 00:17:48.280
  • treats people who are saved at the same level.
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  • Doesn't matter what your background is.
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  • Doesn't matter how much money you make.
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  • Doesn't matter if you're a king or a pauper.
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  • Doesn't matter your ethnicity.
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  • You are a brother.
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  • You are a sister in Christ.
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  • And I believe this really is the answer
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  • to our polarized society.
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  • Instead of saying, well, there's Blacks and Hispanics
  • 00:18:13.140 --> 00:18:17.020
  • and Whites or Democrats and Republicans, listen, if
  • 00:18:17.030 --> 00:18:20.270
  • you're a Christian, you're my brother, you're my sister.
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  • We're in God's family.
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  • In fact, you will notice that sometimes you are closer to your
  • 00:18:28.190 --> 00:18:33.030
  • spiritual family than even your physical family.
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  • I know I found that to be true.
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  • When I first came to know the Lord, I thought my parents
  • 00:18:37.280 --> 00:18:40.090
  • would be all excited that I'm born again.
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  • They weren't.
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  • I thought at least my brothers will think this is really cool.
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  • They didn't.
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  • There was an alienation, and Jesus even promised a man's
  • 00:18:48.190 --> 00:18:52.110
  • enemies will be those from his own household.
  • 00:18:52.120 --> 00:18:56.060
  • So, God has provided a family for us to grow close to, to walk
  • 00:18:56.070 --> 00:19:02.090
  • through life with.
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  • Remember the time when Jesus was teaching and his actual brother,
  • 00:19:05.210 --> 00:19:11.060
  • and sisters, and mom came to see him?
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  • And Jesus looked around the room and said, "Who is my brother, my
  • 00:19:14.040 --> 00:19:17.140
  • sister, my mother?
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  • For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven, the same is my
  • 00:19:18.230 --> 00:19:22.210
  • brother, my sister, and my mother."
  • 00:19:22.220 --> 00:19:26.090
  • So, first thing he says is, "He, Epaphroditus, is my brother."
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  • Look at the second title that he gives him, "Fellow worker."
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  • "Epaphroditus, my brother," comma, "fellow worker."
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  • Okay, Epaphroditus went all the way from Rome--excuse me,
  • 00:19:40.150 --> 00:19:45.240
  • from Philippi to Rome.
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  • That's 800 miles.
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  • In ancient times, that was six week journey.
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  • He volunteered for the job.
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  • He volunteered to work for Paul the Apostle.
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  • Now, I want you to turn to chapter 4 for just a moment
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  • and look at the only other verse that has Epaphroditus's name
  • 00:20:01.140 --> 00:20:05.280
  • in it, because we're tryin' to construct a profile of what
  • 00:20:05.290 --> 00:20:08.220
  • this guy was like.
  • 00:20:08.230 --> 00:20:10.080
  • Chapter 4 of Philippians, verse 14, "Nevertheless, you have done
  • 00:20:10.090 --> 00:20:15.070
  • well in that you shared in my distress.
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  • Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning
  • 00:20:17.260 --> 00:20:20.070
  • of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared
  • 00:20:20.080 --> 00:20:24.070
  • with me concerning giving and receiving, but you only.
  • 00:20:24.080 --> 00:20:27.130
  • For even in Thessalonica you did send aid once and again
  • 00:20:27.140 --> 00:20:31.160
  • for my necessities."
  • 00:20:31.170 --> 00:20:32.220
  • In other words, "Nobody else financially supported me on this
  • 00:20:32.230 --> 00:20:36.080
  • mission except you guys.
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  • You've done it again and again."
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  • Verse 17, "Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit
  • 00:20:41.080 --> 00:20:45.220
  • that abounds to your account.
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  • Indeed, I have all and abound.
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  • I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things
  • 00:20:51.190 --> 00:20:57.050
  • sent from you, a sweet smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice,
  • 00:20:57.060 --> 00:21:02.150
  • well pleasing to God."
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  • You get the picture?
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  • He went on behalf of the Philippian church
  • 00:21:07.080 --> 00:21:09.220
  • with money and supplies to help Paul while he was in that
  • 00:21:09.230 --> 00:21:15.070
  • incarceration in Rome, and to serve him personally,
  • 00:21:15.080 --> 00:21:19.090
  • and to serve alongside of him.
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  • He put his back to the work.
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  • Epaphroditus wasn't like the guy who said, "I like work.
  • 00:21:24.150 --> 00:21:27.160
  • It fascinates me.
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  • I can watch it for hours."
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  • He actually said, "Paul, I'm here to serve.
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  • I'm here to work."
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  • Years ago growing up, before I had my own wheels,
  • 00:21:38.190 --> 00:21:42.130
  • I used to hitchhike.
  • 00:21:42.140 --> 00:21:43.130
  • So, you got a picture of a long-haired kid
  • 00:21:43.140 --> 00:21:44.190
  • in California, tryin' to find his way different places?
  • 00:21:44.200 --> 00:21:47.020
  • And I thought thumbs are cool.
  • 00:21:47.030 --> 00:21:50.010
  • You just stick it out and people will give you a ride.
  • 00:21:50.020 --> 00:21:51.210
  • One day, it dawned on me that we hitchhikers were in effect
  • 00:21:51.220 --> 00:21:57.040
  • telling people this, "You buy the car.
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  • You repair the car.
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  • You pay for the insurance.
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  • You put gas in it.
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  • And I'll ride along for free."
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  • That's my job.
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  • I get a free ride.
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  • You do all the work.
  • 00:22:12.070 --> 00:22:13.180
  • And if you get in an accident, you're on your own and I'll
  • 00:22:13.190 --> 00:22:16.000
  • probably sue you.
  • 00:22:16.010 --> 00:22:18.250
  • And so, what Paul wants the Philippians to know is
  • 00:22:18.260 --> 00:22:22.050
  • Epaphroditus came as a worker.
  • 00:22:22.060 --> 00:22:24.020
  • He's not a spiritual hitchhiker.
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  • He put his arm, and his back to the work to serve
  • 00:22:27.010 --> 00:22:29.280
  • alongside of him.
  • 00:22:29.290 --> 00:22:31.080
  • So, he calls him, "My brother and fellow worker."
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  • Third title he gives him, "Fellow soldier."
  • 00:22:33.210 --> 00:22:37.130
  • Now, when you hear the term "soldier," you oughtta be
  • 00:22:37.140 --> 00:22:40.260
  • thinkin' of a battle.
  • 00:22:40.270 --> 00:22:43.030
  • And that's because the Christian life is not a bed of roses.
  • 00:22:43.040 --> 00:22:46.280
  • It is indeed a battle.
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  • And when you're in a battle, it's great to have a friend
  • 00:22:48.160 --> 00:22:51.280
  • with you.
  • 00:22:51.290 --> 00:22:53.030
  • It's great to have people who will stand next to you.
  • 00:22:53.040 --> 00:22:56.280
  • Especially for Paul, because if you know anything about Paul's
  • 00:22:56.290 --> 00:23:01.040
  • journeys in the book of Acts, you know that wherever Paul
  • 00:23:01.050 --> 00:23:03.250
  • went, that guy got in trouble.
  • 00:23:03.260 --> 00:23:07.080
  • He was opposed wherever he went.
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  • He was beaten up several times.
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  • He was stoned.
  • 00:23:13.050 --> 00:23:14.050
  • That is, he had rocks thrown at him.
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  • He wasn't... stoned.
  • 00:23:16.080 --> 00:23:19.070
  • Were not in Colorado.
  • 00:23:19.080 --> 00:23:20.070
  • We're in an ancient world here.
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  • And he was thrown in jail quite a bit.
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  • And I've often made the joke that whenever Paul went
  • 00:23:23.180 --> 00:23:25.260
  • to a city, his first question is, "Where's the jail?
  • 00:23:25.270 --> 00:23:29.020
  • I need to know where I'm gonna spend the night tonight."
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  • 'Cause he was always getting in trouble, and that's because
  • 00:23:32.070 --> 00:23:37.120
  • he preached boldly in the name of Jesus and people didn't
  • 00:23:37.130 --> 00:23:41.020
  • like his message.
  • 00:23:41.030 --> 00:23:42.140
  • He was intelligent, he was gracious, he was articulate,
  • 00:23:42.150 --> 00:23:45.070
  • but he was bold.
  • 00:23:45.080 --> 00:23:47.040
  • And when he was bold and got himself in trouble, it's great
  • 00:23:47.050 --> 00:23:50.170
  • to have fellow soldiers who will say, "Paul, I'm in this battle
  • 00:23:50.180 --> 00:23:54.270
  • with you.
  • 00:23:54.280 --> 00:23:55.270
  • I'll walk through this battle with you.
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  • I'll stand with you."
  • 00:23:57.130 --> 00:23:59.260
  • And so, when Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy chapter
  • 00:23:59.270 --> 00:24:02.270
  • 2, verse 3, he writes, "Endure suffering along with me as
  • 00:24:02.280 --> 00:24:08.270
  • a good soldier of Jesus Christ."
  • 00:24:09.130 --> 00:24:13.250
  • Now, there's an obvious point to be made, and that is
  • 00:24:13.260 --> 00:24:17.160
  • an effective Christian will be a target of the devil.
  • 00:24:17.170 --> 00:24:22.190
  • If somebody says, "Well, you know, I really don't think
  • 00:24:22.200 --> 00:24:24.260
  • about the devil much.
  • 00:24:24.270 --> 00:24:26.030
  • He never bothers me," that's not a good sign because the Bible
  • 00:24:26.040 --> 00:24:30.060
  • says all who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer
  • 00:24:30.070 --> 00:24:34.270
  • persecution.
  • 00:24:34.280 --> 00:24:36.020
  • Paul was right up at the top of that list, and Paul was
  • 00:24:36.030 --> 00:24:38.050
  • grateful to have Timothy and Epaphroditus standing
  • 00:24:38.060 --> 00:24:42.080
  • alongside of him in that battle.
  • 00:24:42.090 --> 00:24:47.190
  • If you have somebody in your life who stands with you when
  • 00:24:47.200 --> 00:24:52.110
  • things get rough, when you're fighting a spiritual battle,
  • 00:24:52.120 --> 00:24:55.090
  • would you please acknowledge them and thank them?
  • 00:24:55.100 --> 00:24:57.210
  • 00:24:57.220 --> 00:25:02.280
  • male announcer: As the body of Christ, it's important
  • 00:25:02.290 --> 00:25:05.020
  • to treat one another well, regardless of our shortcomings.
  • 00:25:05.030 --> 00:25:09.280
  • There are many people who gladly serve God's kingdom without any
  • 00:25:09.290 --> 00:25:13.020
  • recognition, but make sure you take time to encourage them.
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  • male announcer: More than 26 million people have sampled
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  • their own DNA using an at home testing kit.
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  • When we're born again, we get an entirely new and divine DNA.
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  • We're adopted by God into his family.
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  • Discover how the story of redemption is part of your
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  • history and your future in "Bloodline."
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  • This journey through Scripture traces the DNA of redemption,
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  • and it's our thanks to you when you give to this ministry.
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  • Skip Heitzig: I am so excited to let you know that I'm taking
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  • another tour group to Israel in 2020.
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  • Now, I've been to Israel a number of times
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  • over the years, and I can honestly say that visiting
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  • the places where the events of the Bible unfolded and where
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  • Jesus preached and healed, well, it just doesn't get old.
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  • You're in for an incredible time as we travel all over Israel
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  • and experience the culture and delicious food that's unique
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  • to this country.
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  • I'm a big fan of the food.
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  • We'll start our tour at Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean Sea
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  • and work our way north, visiting locations like Nazareth,
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  • the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, and the Dead Sea.
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  • We'll spend several days in the city of Jerusalem and see
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  • the Upper Room, the Temple Mount, the Garden of Gethsemane,
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  • and much more.
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  • And we'll wrap it all up with communion at the Garden
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  • Tomb, a place that many believe is a place Jesus rose
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  • from the dead.
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  • And that's just a fly-by look of the itinerary.
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  • I found that there's always something new to see
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  • and experience in Israel, and nothing tops studying
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  • the Scriptures in the real life locations where
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  • it all took place.
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  • The Bible will come alive to you in a way
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  • it never has before, guaranteed.
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  • Lenya and I both hope that you decide to join us on what is
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  • always an unforgettable trip.
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  • We can't wait to see you in Israel.
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  • male announcer: "Connect with Skip Heitzig"
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  • is a presentation of Connection Communications, connecting you
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  • to God's never-changing truth in ever-changing times.
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