How To Measure A Man by Adrian Rogers

Dr. Adrian Rogers
Acts 20:17-38

Now would you take your Bibles and turn to Acts
chapter 20. We're continuing our series in the book of
Acts entitled "That Old Time Religion." And so we're
trying, not necessarily, to modernize our church.
Actually we're trying to get our church back to the
first century so we'll know how to live in this 20th
century because that old time religion is also the new
time religion. And that new time religion therefore is
the all time religion. And that all time religion
ought to be the any time religion. And the any time
religion ought to be the every time religion.

We want to find out really how we are to live and
operate in these last days. Now we are going to ready
here in Acts chapter 20 beginning in verse 17 is a
very poignant scene. The apostle Paul is revisiting
the mission field. And he comes to Miletus and there
he gathers with him the Ephesian elders. And he has a
time walking with them down memory lane. They talk
about the good times that they had together. How God
had blessed and poured out his blessing. Paul
rehearsed it all. And then here's what happened in
verse 36, "And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled
down and prayed with them all. And they all wept sore
and fell on Paul's neck and kissed him, sorrowing most
of all for the words that he spake that they should
see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the
ship." Now use your imagination. I mean, dear friend,
they were one in the bonds of love. They had been
through so many prayer meetings, evangelistic crusade
together. They had so many victories in Jesus. Their
hearts were melted together and now they are having a
prayer meeting. They are all on their knees. And God
moves into that prayer meeting. And there is such a
sweet spirit.

And then as they get to praying they realize this is
the last prayer meeting on earth they will ever have
with Paul the Apostle. And they begin to weep. There
are not just a few tears. They are convulsing. The
Bible says, "They wept sore." And then they begin to
hug old Paul's neck. The Bible says they just fell on
his neck. And they are weeping and squeezing him, and
just hugging him because they know never again on this
earth will they see Paul. And then they walk down to
the wharf, where the ship is there. And Paul gets on
that ship. And as it begins to sail they are just
standing there just boo-hooing and just weeping
because Paul is leaving, their dear, dear friend. And
he's going to be sorely missed.

Now, question for you. When you are gone are you going
to be missed? I mean other than by your family. Are
you going to be missed? Will it make any difference?
By that, you are going. You are going. I mean, you may
move out of this city but you are going either by
rapture, or you are going by death, but we're all
going. We're all going. And the question is when you
go, what d ...

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