A Friend Like Who?

Chances are that you have either read but don’t remember the name Onesiphorus, or he sounds familiar but you cannot recall where in the Bible his name appears. Don’t feel bad. His name only appears briefly in two places in 2 Timothy. However, despite his lack of coverage in the Bible, it seems he was really important to Paul.

You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus. 2 Timothy 1:15-18 (NIV)

Paul wrote 2 Timothy while in prison in Rome. This was a time when Paul was feeling especially alone because his other friends had abandoned him in his time of need. Evidently Onesiphorus, as a Christian, was a product of Paul’s third missionary journey, from the church in Ephesus. Clearly he was a good friend to Paul because he made certain to visit Paul often in the Roman prison.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I love rather “obscure” characters in the Bible. I’ve found some of the most meaningful messages to me in those characters. Maybe it’s because I’ll never be a Paul—larger than life hero of the Bible. But maybe…just maybe…I could be a Onesiphorus—a minor character doing important work for God.

As I think about this friend who refreshed Paul and the lengths that he went to and the trouble it likely caused him to associate so closely with this political prisoner, I’m encouraged. While it’s not likely I’ll undertake one missionary journey of the magnitude of Paul--much less three—I CAN “refresh” someone in need, especially one who seems to be rejected by most everyone else.

The world already has its share of Pauls. I’m thinking our world could use a lot more people like Onesiphorus. Paul’s chains refers to his political prisoner status, which meant everyone associated with him would be suspect by the authorities. Onesiphorus continued to be Paul’s friend anyway. That’s something I can do. Maybe you can too.


Pastor Rusty <><


1. Beginning this Sunday, August 1, when we resume two worship services, our Parish Nurses will also resume taking blood pressures from 10:30-11:00am each Sunday. One nurse will be available for this half hour. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available for your use and all equipment will be cleaned between each patient.

2. The Staff Parish Relations Committee invites the congregation for cake and conversation in celebration of the musical contributions of June Hannah between services this Sunday, August 1. As we all know at Old Bethel, a celebration is never complete without cake, and we want to properly convey our thanks to June for her tenure as a leader in this congregation.

3. This Sunday, August 1, is Centurion Cup Sunday. Bring your Centurion Cups to the altar. These donations go to the Angel Fund which provides one-time assistance to those in our community in crisis situations. To become an Old Bethel Centurion, contact Ric Gasaway at 317-894-1431.

4. Our annual Youth Group Open house is this Sunday, August 1! Parents of a youth students, both new or old you are invited to join them after service for a lunch and to learn about youth group. Youth group will be right after. Parents are welcome to stay or come back at 2 to pick up their students.

5. Attention College, University & Trade School Students! If you are (or you are the parent of) an active member of Old Bethel and will be attending college, trade school or university this fall, and would like to receive encouraging notes and care packages during the school year through Old Bethel’s College Connect Ministry, please let us know by August 1, by emailing College Connect Coordinator Lynda at lpreston@oldbethel.org.

6. Through Old Bethel’s College Connect Ministry, our prayer is that students attending school, both locally and away from home, are encouraged and prayed for as they are making crucial life decisions. We pray they stay connected to Jesus while they are away and we pray for all the major life decisions they are discerning. There are several ways for YOU to be involved in this ministry, including but not limited to a) Being an intentional prayer partner to one specific student; b) Being part of a team who sends monthly cards/letters. You only need send ONE letter to ONE student ONE time during the school year; c) Adopting a specific student for his/her birthday; and/or d)Being part of teams who assemble final exam care packages. If you are interested in being a part of this vital connectional ministry in any way, please contact College Connect Coordinator Lynda Preston at lpreston@oldbethel.org.

7. The Preschool is hiring a few part time teachers and substitute teachers. If you or someone you know are interested in this position please contact the preschool director Shannon Schwoebel, preschool@oldbethel.org.

8. Old Bethel & Partners Food Pantry is incredibly blessed to partner with Meijer on East Washington street for their Simply Give Campaign. This campaign runs from now until October 2nd. Visit their store and purchase a $10 Simply Give card and Meijer will donate an additional $10. However, if you make your donation at their store on Saturday August 14 or Saturday August 28th for the Double Match days, Meijer will turn your $10 donation into $30. You can also pick up these cards in the lobby of the church. Thank you for continued support of the Old Bethel and Partners Food pantry!

9. The Old Bethel Travelers are back on the road! Join us October 6 for a bus trip to Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville, Indiana where we’ll see The Mousetrap, an Agatha Christie mystery. The cost is $70 and checks must be made to OBUMC and either left in the Old Bethel Travelers mailbox in the church reception office or mailed to Brenda Maley, 1640 Park Chase Place, Indianapolis, IN 46229. Seats are limited and checks must be in by August 8. You may contact Brenda at 317-894-1178 with any questions.

10. School Supply Drive: Through August, we are collecting school supplies for our community partners at Pleasant Run Elementary School. We are only collecting the following items: kids scissors, pencils, pens, erasers, pencil sharpeners, 8-count washable markers, glue sticks, 24-count crayons, rulers, and pencil boxes/pouches. You may place your donations in the special marked collection tub in the lobby.

11. Summer Fare is August 26, 27 and 28. Volunteer sign up continues through August 8 at church on Sundays or you may contact Janet or Mike Tucker. Janet Tucker 317-989-4562 or janet@mwtucker.com. Sign up early to get your choice of jobs.

12. Do you knit or crochet? The Prayer Ministry provides prayer shawls to those facing life’s challenges. Patterns and yarn are available if needed. Contact Marge Ohl at 317-894-0862 or Lynda Preston at 317-359-9651.

13. Looking to get out of the house for a little bit? We still have openings for volunteer receptionist for Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon shifts. You can work each week or every other week. OR you might like to be a sub and serve when others are on vacation. Building traffic is slowly increasing and having receptionists to answer the phone is a GREAT help to our administrative staff! Contact Administrative Assistant Lynda Preston at lpreston@oldbethel.org or 317-359-9651, extension 131.

14. This Sunday’s message notes are below. August 1: My Life: My Body…

When I figure out the _______ in my life, God will always show me the ______.

Six things to help give context to think about the “why” so I can stick with the “how.”

1. God expects me to _______________ my ___________.

You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” 1 Corinthians 6: 12-13a (NLT)

“_______________________” is the old English word for “management.”

2. My body is ________ _________________.

But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:13b

My body is __________ because God made it.

3. My body will be _______________ after I ________.

And God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead.

1 Corinthians 6:14

4. My body is part of ______________ ___________.

Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.

1 Corinthians 6:15a,18

5. The ___________ ___________ lives in my body.

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? 1 Corinthians 6:19a

On earth, first God dwelt in the tabernacle, then later the temple in Jerusalem.

Today He dwells in __________.

6. ___________ ______________ my body on the cross.

You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19b-20

Health factors I’m not going to read in any nutritional book:

_____________ ________ is good for my health.

I said to myself, “Relax, because the Lord takes care of you.” Psalm 116:7 (NCV)

_______________ ______ _______ is good for my health.

When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Psalm 32:3, 5 (NLT)

_____________ _______________ is good for my health.

The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.

Proverbs 11:25 (Mes)

_____________ ________ is good for my health.

A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.

Proverbs 17:22 (Mes)

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