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Biblical Encouragements (Acts 20:1-12)

July 8, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we have begun a new sermon series entitled “Acts: The Spirit and the Church in the World“. This week’s sermon highlights the means God uses to strengthen the local church. Pastor Carter explains how biblical encouragement brings strength and comfort to the soul. The focus of this sermon is on two important and practical means of God’s encouragement, namely, Presence and Preaching.

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After the uproar ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them, he said farewell and departed for Macedonia. When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece. There he spent three months, and when a plot was made against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia. Sopater the Berean, son of Pyrrhus, accompanied him; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and the Asians, Tychicus and Trophimus. These went on ahead and were waiting for us at Troas, but we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we came to them at Troas, where we stayed for seven days (Acts 20:1-5;ESV).

The heart of the Apostle Paul was displayed in his love for the local church. In fact, he devoted himself to seeing his fellow-laborers and disciples comforted and encouraged in the mutual fellowship of believers. Pastor Carter describes the local church as the heartbeat of God’s kingdom in the world.

Encouragement Comes through Preaching

On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered. And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. But Paul went down and bent over him, and taking him in his arms, said, Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him. And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed. And they took the youth away alive, and were not a little comforted (Acts 20:6-12; ESV).”

Paul and the saints gathered together for worship. They came to hear the word of God preached, because preaching is indeed an encouragement to the body of Christ when the word of God is being faithfully proclaimed. More importantly, the encouragement of God’s Word gave way to the encouragement of God’s power on display in the resurrection of Eutychus and the building up of the local church.

Do you see Gods grace in the means He has provided for your encouragement?

God desires that His people be encouraged through presence and preaching of His eternal Word. A faithful church is where the family of God is encouraging one another through the means God has prescribed. Our dearest friends should be encouragers to us in the Lord.

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