Memory Verse: Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. – 1 Thess 5:12.
To honor is to obey, revere, speak kindly to, and think well of another. Officers of The Church of Pentecost deserve honor for their dedicated service which enables the church to reach more souls and disciple them. They include Elders, Deacons and Deaconesses who offer voluntary service in various roles in the Church. In view of this, the Church has instituted the Officers’ Appreciation Day to celebrate their invaluable contribution towards the growth and sustenance of the Church. This is to recognize their efforts and also, provide an opportunity for members to honor them. In our study, we shall examine Paul’s encouragement to the church to honor Epaphroditus who risked his life for the flock in Philippi.
Questions for Discussion
Who was Epaphroditus and what was his role in the church in Philippi? Verse 25-27.
From Verse 30, what happened to Epaphroditus while laboring for the Lord? How would you relate this to the experiences of officers in the local church?
Discuss the statement, ‘welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him’. Verse
Share a testimony of how an officer of the Church impacted your life.
How would you honor an officer in your local church?
Paul described Epaphroditus as a brother, fellow worker, fellow soldier, and a messenger of the church in Philippi. He risked his life for the work of Christ while Paul was under arrest in Rome. Many officers make significant sacrifices for the progress of the Church. Being custodians of the local church, they complement the efforts of ministers in administration, discipleship, pastoral care, etc. As Paul instructed the Philippians, people who render such selfless services are worthy of appreciation and honor which can be expressed through visitation, giving of gifts, and respect for authority. Also, we must learn to say ‘thank you’ when an officer extends a hand of help, and pardon them when they offend us. Honor is not only in the giving of gifts but obedience, reverence, goodwill and submission. On behalf of the Church, we say “Thank You” to all Officers of the Church of Pentecost for their selfless service.