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The Power of Community: Serve to Protect
September 16, 2018

The Power of Community: Serve to Protect

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: The Power of Community

This week we finish our series on “The Power of Community.” We have been looking through the Acts of the Apostles for moments where the community had to made critical decisions. This week is no exception. Acts 20:28-38 is one of the most touching scenes for the Apostle Paul. On his way to Rome he has stopped to visit with the Ephesian elders. His deep and tender care for the church and these elders is evident. As he is to leave them, they are all weeping because they realize they may never see him again. His final gift to these elders is his words about community and how they will be tested in the future. Paul helps them and us to see the need to be intentional about God’s community. In the sermon, “Serve to Protect” his words help us to understand how our involvement in God’s community can lift our lives and transform our souls through the Holy Spirit! As you experience the emotion of this passage, remember that God has a much deeper emotion and passion for all of us! Acts 20:28-38: Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears. 32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” 36 When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. 37 They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. 38 What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship. (NIV)

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