Topics: loneliness, connections, encounter with God
I. Enjoy a fresh encounter with God
* Our adversary wants to distract you from intimacy with God!
- Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people (Acts 2:46, 47a).
- For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:15, 16).
II. Promote holy living with one another
* Our adversary wants to isolate you from Christian community!
- And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ (Acts 5:42).
- Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near (Hebrews 10:24, 25).
III. Inspire spiritual revival with people
* Our adversary wants to silence you from impacting others!
- So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls . . . And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved . . . And all the more believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly added to their number (Acts 2:41, 47b; 5:14).
- For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).
Sermon by Pastor Rod Akins, September 18th, 2022