Chapter Six, Lesson Four
THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 9 Page
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
** 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
Tychicus was not interested in fame, only service!
According to Acts 20:4, he accompanied Paul on his third missionary
** 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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