Sun, May 21, 2023
Teacher: Cody Clark Series: The Acts of the Apostles Scripture: Acts 20:1-16
TAKING CARE OF NEEDS IN THE CHURCH
As we get into the text today, we have a theme. That theme is about taking care of needs within the church, which is something that Paul always does well. In the first 6 verses of chapter 20, we get a picture of the Apostle doing Apostle things.
I want us to notice Paul's ability to focus on the MACRO and MICRO. He wasn’t pigeon holed into one title or gifting. He was a church planter, missionary, AND encourager. He took time while accomplishing the massive call that God handed him, to care for his brother’s and sisters as well.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matt 22:37–39.
How we live out life really matters:
32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matt 25:32–40.
2. Acts 20:10 Serving happens when we choose proximity:
3. Acts 10:13-16: Serving is a lifestyle:
“The world doesn’t learn about God by reading the bible or watching Christian movies. The world learns about God by watching Christians.”— Phil Vischer
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