Reason To Glorify The Lord
March 18, 2007
INTRODUCTION: The book of Acts reveals many aspects of the Apostle Paul's character. He was a powerful, clear preacher and a man of great learning and wisdom. He was bold and fearless in the face of the fiercest opposition. Possessing remarkable self-discipline and holding strong, unwavering commitments, Paul was persistent in carrying out the tasks the Lord assigned him. The Apostle was also a leader who inspired others to imitate his godly life. His love for the lost drove him across the Roman world, restlessly seeking new regions to evangelize. And he, himself, testified that his concern for the churches was the greatest burden he bore.
2 Corinthians 11:28, "besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches."
I. THE INSPIRATION IN THIS TEXT. 15-20 a
Inspiration is seen in:
A. THE RECEPTION. 15-17
"disciples from Caesarea went with us" -- this is
big in light of Acts 21:13
Then Paul answered, "What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."
2. RELATIONSHIP. 16
"a certain Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we were to lodge" -- a disciple of long standing; from the beginning; possibly a convert from Pentecost in Acts 2:41. He had heard Peter's sermon.
3. FELLOWSHIP. 17
"received us gladly" -- welcomed
Why so glad to see them?
• The Feast of Pentecost
Acts 20:16, "For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the Day of Pentecost."
• The Offering for the Poor in Jerusalem
In 2 Cor. 8:20, "in this lavish gift which is administered by us"
Gifts given to the Jerusalem Church showed that the divine grace which they had received f ...
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