Colossians 4 verses 7 and 8
7 Tychicus, a dear brother, faithful minister, and fellow slave in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me.
8 I sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are doing and that he may encourage your hearts.
Tychicus – The name means fortunate, and may be Fortunatus mentioned in 1 Corinthians 16:17.
He was from Asia Minor / Modern day Turkey, and he accompanied Paul from Macedonia back to Asia Minor on Paul’s third missionary journey, Acts 20:4.
Afterward, Paul was in prison, as shown in Ephesians 6:20-21 and 4:18 of this letter.
Since the letters to the Colossians and Ephesians are so similar, they were probably written at the same time while Paul was in chains.
And now it is recorded that Tychicus delivered news from Paul to both the Ephesians (Ep 6:21) and to the Colossians (this verse) while Paul was imprisoned.
a dear brother – meaning Tychicus was beloved by Paul. The Greek word for dear is ‘agape-tos’. The Greek word agape means, love. He was dearly ‘loved’ and esteemed by Paul.
Discussion question: What makes a person call another person, dear?
faithful minister – meaning Tychicus was judged by Paul to be a ‘trusted servant’ and someone that could be counted on.
Name some people that you can count on?
Challenge: Can anyone count on you?
and fellow slave in the Lord – meaning a co-slave, or persons who serve the same Master.
Discussion Question: Do you have a close ministry partner or do you know of others that you could name that serve our Lord closely together?
will tell you all the news about me – the news specifically about Paul and his imprisonment. Probably the news about both his physical and spiritual condition.
I sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are doing – Tychicus was sent to not only tell about Paul but also the others. The ‘we’ may be referring to his fellow prisoner, Epaphras, who was from Colossi. See verse Col 4:12, and Philemon v 23.
Discussion question: Tychicus was Paul’s messenger. Name some ways that individuals in our church are serving the Lord?
and that he may encourage your hearts – the Greek prefix for the word translated encourage is ‘para’ which means to come to one’s side, and ‘kaleo’ means to call. The two words together are typically translated ‘encourage’ or ‘comfort’ in English Bible versions. Paul sent Tychicus to com-fort, and en-courage which means to strengthen their hearts.
Discussion question: How did Tychicus encourage them?
Discussion question: Name some examples of opportunities to come along the side of others to strengthen them?
Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.
Are You Touched by a Tychicus?
Be grateful for the believers I have put into your life at church and at your work place. Your life is full of close believers just as I gave Paul dear Tychicus. Be thankful for Christopher, Ellen, Jared, Sarah, Bryan, Ricardo, Matt, Laura, Donnie, Alyssa, Ryan, and Becca. Be grateful for them and for there families. They are dear to you and you to them.
And be thankful for My faithful servants, Brad and Jamie, and their family. I have placed them into your lives to be teachers and examples of following my Son.
All of you continue to serve Me together as fellow servants. Come along the side of each other and comfort, encourage, and strengthen each dear one.