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Ephesians, Chapter Six, Lesson Four

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 9            Page 4

V.21 ** Well we can certainly see that prayer was of the utmost importance to the apostle - but how does that relate to a common concern for each other within the body of Christ? How many concerned Christians can you find in verse 21?

The apostle Paul, Tychicus and the believer's who would receive this letter. Everyone is involved, there simply is no one on the sidelines.

** Why would Paul want his readers to "know about [his] circumstances" and about "how [he is] doing"?

He has just asked them to pray for his life! When he did that he asked for "petitions" (specific
requests) to be made on his behalf. (V.18)

He wants them to know so they can pray more effectively. He also does not want them to worry! cf. Ephesians 6:22, Philippians 2:28

** Who is Tychicus and why would Paul use him?

Paul calls Tychicus "the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord". Wouldn't that be a wonderful way to be remembered by others?

** What else do we know about him?

Colossians 4:7 - "our beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord."

2Timothy 4:11-12 and Titus 3:12 - He was always willing to be at Paul's dispatch.

Tychicus was not interested in fame, only service!
According to Acts 20:4, he accompanied Paul on his third missionary journey.

** In our passage for today, what was Tychicus to do?

He was to "make everything know to you". What a joyous time of fellowship this must have been. As Tychicus related the victories Paul was accomplishing for the kingdom (even while in prison) and the times of prayer that would follow his report.

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