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Timothy and Epaphroditus—Two Examples of Humility and Unity (Philippians 2:19-30)

The Subject/Complement and Exegetical Outline

Subject/Complement: The reason Paul mentions Timothy and Epaphroditus at this point in the letter is because they serve as excellent models of the humble obedience and unity he has been talking about.

    A. The Example of Timothy (2:19-24)

      1. The Reason for Sending Timothy (2:19)

      2. The Character of Timothy (2:20-22)

      3. Summary and Explanation for not Sending Timothy (2:23-24)

    B. The Example of Epaphroditus (2:25-30)

      1. Paul’s Estimation of Epaphroditus (2:25)

      2. Paul’s Reasons for Sending Epaphroditus (2:26-30)

Homiletical Subject/Complement and the Teaching/Preaching Outline

Underlying Question: How do the examples of Timothy and Epaphroditus demonstrate humble obedience?

Underlying Homiletical Question: What do the examples of Timothy and Epaphroditus teach us about humble obedience?

Homiletical Subject/Complement (Big Idea): If you want to live a life of humble obedience, follow the examples of Timothy and Epaphroditus.

    A. Follow The Example of Timothy (2:19-24)

      1. The Reason for Sending Timothy (2:19)

      2. Follow The Example of Timothy: Commitment to Christ (2:20-22)

        a. Evidenced in A Deep Concern for Others

        b. Evidenced in Complete Faithfulness to God’s Work

      3. Summary and Explanation for not Sending Timothy (2:23-24)

    B. Follow The Example of Epaphroditus (2:25-30)

      1. Paul’s Estimation of Epaphroditus (2:25)

      2. Follow the Example of Epaphroditus: Going the Extra Mile (2:26-30, esp. v. 30)

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