He delivered two lectures. One on the above text and one on Hebrews 12:1-3.
As a brother Epaphroditus was longing to serve, although he was near to death. He wanted to be close to the family of God, closer than to his own family.
As a fellow worker he was fully committed and nearly worked himself to death. We know God needs labourers, not supervisors (cf Proverbs 10:4). A preacher should study to explain God’s Word to his congregation in digestible form, illustrate and apply. It requires hard work.
As a fellow soldier he was courageous, bold, totally committed, risking his life (see verse 30).
Why are so many communists, Muslims, Jehovah Witnesses, etc. so hard working and committed, sacrificing themselves day and night, but so few Christians? While God has given us his truth, his Word. Christ has sacrificed Himself for us. We should be far more committed, bold and strong, be there where the battle rages, fight in the cause of the truth, because the Gospel is the only answer.
Ask not what the church can do for you, but what you can do for God’s church!
Hebrews 11 lists a number of believers in the Old Testament who ran the race, believing in God and his promises. There are many others in the past 2000 years, martyrs, who were motivated, who sacrificed their lives. They were inspired by the many who gave their lives as told to us in this chapter.
We have to throw off everything that hinders, as well as all our sin to be able to run the race as God expects us to run. Decide for yourself what hinders you. Your ambition? Your lusts? Seeking material goods? Such hindrances in themselves are not necessarily bad, but they can be hindrances if they cause you to lose your focus on what God expects of you – to run the race, to hold fast to the hope set before you (cf Hebrew 6:18).
At the cross, Jesus was motivated by looking beyond the cross – heaven. Let’s make sure that this is also your motivation!
As Mukhanyo staff, students and visitors that attended the opening ceremony, we were greatly encouraged to work hard, live holy and serve the Lord with humility and vigor.
To download or listen to Rev Curry's sermons click on the title or go to sermons:
Message 1: Lessons from the Life of Epaphroditus
Message 2: Lessons from Hebrews 12
Other Articles in the February 2017 Newsletter