Gospel carriers … Acts 21 Gospel carri

Gospel carriers …
Acts 21
Gospel carriers will get hurt, v1,5,6,13
The gospel is always more important than the emotional ties of people. Too many are more afraid of upset than the gospel. Sometimes you have to say goodbye.

Gospel carriers need patience, v1-3
In these short verses there are 6 places on the journey. Life can appear to be quite mundane but every stop is significant, every conversation is important, you need to be where you are today, be patient.

Gospel carriers will face contradictions, v4, 11-12
There was a mixture of the Spirit and people urging Paul not to travel. What was happening here was that Paul’s friends thought the Spirit was speaking to keep Paul safe. Your loved ones will always speak this way.

Gospel carriers need the next prophetic generation, v10
Paul stayed several days in a prophetic house of young people. We need a new younger generation to remind us that all things are still possible.

Gospel carriers go through suffering, v11-13
There are times when we are not led down wonderful paths but we are trapped, limited and led down a path of suffering.

Gospel carriers surrender, v13
Surrender or safety, this is always the option. Jesus stuck to the task and so did Paul. They surrendered. You will always have people who say don’t surrender, don’t apologise, don’t forgive. Surrender is only where you can go, you cannot take anyone with you.

Gospel carriers simply trust, v14
God’s will is good, pleasing and we know is perfect (Romans 12:1)

Be a Gospel carrier today!

The missionary Paul gives the proof of a

The missionary Paul gives the proof of a true follower …
Acts 20: 13-27

I’m known by others, v18f
• I’m different
There were many intinerating just like Paul and yet were more interested in making a living rather than the real interests of those they were serving. Paul is making sure that after he has gone he is not lumped in the category of some of these professional ministers and also that the leaders don’t fall into this category either. He is saying I am different. More than that, “You know I’m different”

I know Him, v22-23
• I’m compelled by Him
It is the word used for bring chained or tied up like a prisoner, but here to the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit applying force on to you, to lead you in a certain direction.
• I’m secure in Him
He knows its not going to get easier for him. But He also knows God is in it with him.

I know myself, v24
• I’m not important to me
Jesus refused to let go of the cost and fell to the ground in the garden.
I want to be the man who never runs away at any price? ‘I am willing to trust You. I trust you with my life. I am not sure where it is going and it is mightily uncomfortable right now and I wish I could live a different type of life and I wish you would take this away from me if you were asking me for a choice but I fall on my knees in submission because I surrender to you, whatever you have got for me– it is Your will over my will.

• I know my true aim
His true aim was to fulfil what God had called him to do.
Michaelangelo worked on 44 statues in his life. Thirty were never finished. These unfinished works, the unfulfilled potential of a great genius will never be completed.
There are works of God in your life still to be finished. There is potential that is not being realised.

Acts 19 When there is spiritual revival

Acts 19
When there is spiritual revival there will be ..
Disciples who are growing, v1-5
The gospel being shared effectively, v8-10
The acts of God, v11-12
The honouring of the name of Jesus, v13-17
An increase of the price to pay, v18-19

Acts 19 When there is spiritual revival

Acts 19
When there is spiritual revival there will be ..
Disciples who are growing, v1-5
The gospel being shared effectively, v8-10
The acts of God, v11-12
The honouring of the name of Jesus, v13-17
An increase of the price to pay, v18-19

Acts 19 When there is spiritual revival

Acts 19
When there is spiritual revival there will be ..
Disciples who are growing, v1-5
The gospel being shared effectively, v8-10
The acts of God, v11-12
The honouring of the name of Jesus, v13-17
An increase of the price to pay, v18-19
Those will be the signs.

Acts 19 When there is spiritual revival

Acts 19
When there is spiritual revival there will be ..
Disciples who are growing, v1-5
The gospel being shared effectively, v8-10
The acts of God, v11-12
The honouring of the name of Jesus, v13-17
An increase of the price to pay, v18-19
Those will be the signs.

Acts 19 When there is spiritual revival

Acts 19
When there is spiritual revival there will be ..
Disciples who are growing, v1-5
The gospel being shared effectively, v8-10
The acts of God, v11-12
The honouring of the name of Jesus, v13-17
An increase of the price to pay, v18-19
Those will be the signs.

Acts 19 When there is spiritual revival

Acts 19
When there is spiritual revival there will be ..
Disciples who are growing, v1-5
The gospel being shared effectively, v8-10
The acts of God, v11-12
The honouring of the name of Jesus, v13-17
An increase of the price to pay, v18-19
Those will be the signs.

Journeys of Life Acts 20: 1-12 To the Je

Journeys of Life
Acts 20: 1-12
To the Jewish mind as they read of Paul’s travels and the journey of the Gospel they would also be thinking of another journey parallel to this. The travel story of the Israelites coming out of Egypt into the Promised Land. To those from a Gentile life they would know all too well of the 2 great travel stories of the ancient world, The Odyssey and the Ilyiad.
Homer wrote a story of Odysseus who returned home from the Trojan war travelling from one place to the next with all of lifes ups and downs. The other, Ilyiad, is a similar war journey of personal battle and struggle.
Here is Paul, the new hero, on a journey. And the story connects with the reader who even 2 centuries later are on a similar journey of life.

Our journey of life involves:
1. Relationships with people
• Where we have been the encouragers, v1,2,12.
The word is paraklesis, which means to appeal through exhortation to comforting and consoling.
• Where we have people accompanying us, v4-5
Paul did not work alone. He is a team player and a builder of teams.
Our experience in our journey is that of all kinds of people accompanying us along the way.

2. Responding to the ups and downs
• We have known what it is to be threatened, v3. For Paul, we are not told the nature of the plot but can rightly assume it is not only to harm him but also to take the money.
• We have faced life’s many accidents, v7
The story of a young man called Eutychus.

3. Focusing on His resurrection.
• The resurrection is everything to us
Eutychus’ resurrection was the church’s reminder that Jesus was indeed the resurrection and the life. This passage is speaking loud and clear from beginning to the end of resurrection.
• Resurrection means we know when its not over, v10
Pauls declaration is a reminder that even though something appears over and finished, only God is the announcer of such things.

Mission needs relationships Acts 18 We a

Mission needs relationships
Acts 18
We all need to have people in our lives.
As I write this today I am thankful to be staying in a home of a couple who over the years have been the Aquila and Priscilla of my life. They pray for me and cheer me on. They don’t need to do this as they’re not family with those kind of responsibilities but they do it because they believe in me.
We all need friendship-partners in the work, people pursuing the same cause, people wanting us to succeed in God v2-3
One horse can move 2 tons of weight. But two horses in harness, working together, can move 23 tons of weight.
Partners pick up the weight and accept responsibility for it. They may be your marriage partners or simply your friend. Paul would later write of his partners and call them ‘fellow-soldiers’ Romans 16:3
There are three levels of relationships: acquaintances who have contact only occasionally; core friends who you know by name and see regularly; then there are intimate friends who are woven together and deeply involved in our lives.
There are some that are only friends for the sunshine, it takes the clouds of life to blow them away and then you are left with your true friends. Adversity, mistakes and failures will prove your true friend.
Friendships must be worked at and before the crisis occurs.
If you haven’t drawn people into your life then don’t blame them when crisis strikes and they are not there.
If you have an Aquila and Priscilla thank them today! If not, ask God for such people, you need them in mission.