Paul Never Gave Up!
As we approach the 17th chapter, the Apostle Paul, along with his friend and co-missionary, Silas, have just been released from jail in Philippi.
Actually, God did the releasing He shattered the jail by an earthquake. Paul never quit and never gave up! After deliverance thru an earthquake from the prison at Philippi, most would have decided to go back home, but Paul and Silas continued preaching the gospel.
As we come to Chapter 17, Paul and Silas and Timothy have left Philippi after a harrowing experience. Paul and Silas having been beaten with rods and just bruised and bloodied and had been thrown in a dark inner dungeon.
They had gone through all kinds of pain in the stocks that stretched their limbs and cramped their muscles. Through it all, Jesus Christ had been glorified and consequently they had rejoiced.
Paul didn't hold up in a hotel for private prayer and meditation.
He practiced what he did all his life, when faced with challenges he would take a situation like a sour lemon and turn it into lemonade.
In ch. 17, these 2 move on to Thessalonica, Berea, and Athens. And each city responded differently. In Thessalonica they resisted the Word, in Berea they received the Word, and in Athens they ridiculed the Word.
I want us to look at three things in our message this morning.
I. PAUL WAS TIRED
The work for Paul was exhausting and exacting. There are two thoughts here I would like to share.
1. Paul was Worn out
When you think of the distances, the hundreds of miles he covered on foot how utterly worn out and exhausted this man must have been. I imagine Paul went to bed at night absolutely tired and exhausted.
Friend I wonder how many Christians today are tired and worn out physically because of the service they render to Jesus Christ.
Do you remember how this very same man wrote in I Corinthians 9:27 -But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, w ...
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