The Danger of Sleeping During the Message (16 of 26) by Daniel Rodgers

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The Danger of Sleeping During the Message (16 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
Volume II
Dan Rodgers

TEXT: Acts 20:1-12

INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, we had examined Acts 19:23-41 and Paul's confrontation with the silversmiths of Ephesus. They were enraged because his message of Christ had turned many away from worshipping their false idols, which endangered their livelihood.

Tonight, we will follow Paul to Macedonia and Greece, then back to Macedonia and Philippi; then according to (vs. 6), from Philippi, they left for Troas, where he preaches his famous message. What the title of his message was, we are not told; we can assume it was about Christ because this was his constant theme. In I Cor. 9:16, he said, "For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!"

What we remember this message for was its length. The Bible says he "continued his speech until midnight" (vs. 7b). Of course, we remember the story; Eutychus fell asleep during the sermon; which, by the way, is not all that uncommon.

HUMOR: Just before she dismissed here students for worship, a Sunday school teacher asked her class, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?" Little Annie replied, "Because people are sleeping."

I have two things:

I. An Expression of Friendship
II. A Demonstration of Power

I. AN EXPRESSION OF FRIENDSHIP (VV. 1-5)

A. Paul's Love for the Saints (vv. 1-3)

1. Notice how Paul "embraced" them. His embrace
was an expression of friendship; it was an expression of his love for them. Now I happen to be a person who, on occasion, likes to give a hug; some people don't like to hug or embrace, but I do. It is an expression of my affection for people. You can always tell those who do like to hug and those who don't care for hugging. The ones, who don't, stiffen up like a pretzel.

ILLUS: Dr.Virginai Satir, in ...


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