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Philippians 1:1(a): Paul and Timothy

Philippians 1:1
[1] Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: (ESV)

Can you imagine how cool it would be if the Apostle Paul sent you a letter? In the first century of the church's existence it is hard to imagine a more important person than Paul. God had called him from being a persecutor of the church, hauling people off to prison and having them killed, to becoming one of its greatest spokesmen. In this letter to Philippi, Paul, along with Timothy have an important message.

We know who Paul was. Who was Timothy? The answer to that is found in the Book of Acts. The Book of Acts tells the story of the Early Church. In Acts 16 we find the Apostle Paul on his second missionary journey. The first couple verses of the chapter are where we meet Timothy.

Acts 16:1–2
[1] Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. [2] He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. (ESV)

Timothy became Paul's ministry companion. When he joined Paul he was a young man. Paul found someone who had a godly reputation and who was willing to serve. Paul was able to mentor this young man and pass on all that he knew to Timothy. Throughout Paul's ministry Timothy is mentioned as such a valuable companion Paul even refers to him as a "son."

Do you have a ministry partner? Is there someone in your life whom you are pouring into? Paul's example is a good one for us. Find someone whom you can do ministry together with.