The Atrocity of Apathy
Philippians 2:20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.
Alternate title: Nobody Cares
Intro: Paul revealed that there was a serious lack of concern and care for the spiritual state of the church.
A. Paul’s Concern – vs. 19 “…that I may know your state.”
Paul was constantly interested in the church – not as a busybody, but with a spiritual concern.
B. Paul’s Confession– I have no man likeminded
Imagine that! Of all of Paul’s leadership and discipleship capabilities, he had no man…
C. Paul’s Care– it was an extraordinary care.
- Naturally – genuinely, faithfully, sincerely
- Care – to seek to promote one’s interests; caring or providing for
The lack of concern for the state of the church was an atrocity.
It still is!
It was an atrocity then, and it is an atrocity now – for a number of reasons:
I. The Price that was Paid for the Church
ILLUSTRATION: Sometimes, you see these expensive, rare cars that are found in a garage after many years of neglect. How could someone treat something that expensive in such a careless and neglectful way? How could Paul find it so difficult to find people that would care about something as priceless as the church? Those cars may be worth thousands of dollars, sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars. But the church was paid for by the very blood of Jesus.
- Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
- 1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
- 1 Corinthians 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
II. The Passion that was Portrayed for the Church
A. By the Lord Jesus Christ
- Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
B. By the Apostle Paul
- 2 Corinthians 7:12 Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.
III. The Potential that was Planned for the Church
A. The Promise of the Savior
- Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
B. The Progress of the Saints
- Acts 17:6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;
- Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
C. The Priority of the Sanctuary
II Corinthians 5
- 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
- 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
- 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray [you] in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Conclusion: When we consider these three facts, how could we possibly be guilty of apathy when it comes to the church that Jesus bled and died for? How?