Encouragement in Change

Sunday, January 7, 2018 ()

Bible Text: Acts 18:1-17 | Series:

Encouragement in Change

Acts 18:1–17

Many changes were taking place for Paul and his friends. Changes in life can bring doubts and fears. The Lord Jesus encourages us through life changes.

  1. Life changes can be discouraging - 1–2
    1. Corinth was a major commercial hub and known for its wickedness.
    2. Paul was low on finances - 2 Corinthians 11:9a  And when I was present with you, and in need, I was a burden to no one…
    3. Paul was alone - 1 Thessalonians 3:1
    4. Paul was at a disadvantage - 1 Corinthians 2:3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 
    5. Aquila and Priscilla were forced to move from Rome to Corinth.
  1. Practical encouragement in life changes - 3–5
    1. Fellowship with friends brings encouragement.
    2. Staying busy with work brings encouragement.
    3. Keeping with your routine brings encouragement.
    4. Faithful Christian service brings encouragement - 1 Thessalonians 3:6–13; 2 Corinthians 11:9b …for what I lacked the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied.
  1. Supernatural encouragement in life changes - 6–11
    1. Paul was rejected again in the Jewish synagogue - Romans 10:1, 9:1–3
    2. A church was established next door to the synagogue and even the ruler of the synagogue was saved along with many others!
    3. Paul’s normal procedure was to move on to another location. There must have been tension building between the Jews and the Christians.
    4. This time Jesus told Paul to stay in Corinth. He gave Paul a specific command and a specific promise.
    5. The command and the promise have an application for us today:
      1. We also must not be afraid to continue to speak for Christ.
      2. Jesus is with us also. How is Jesus with you?
  1. A testimony of a supernatural change - 12–17
    1. As usual persecution came against Paul but God intervened and he was not silenced, beaten, or run out of town!
    2. The punishment that was meant for Paul came upon his enemy - Proverbs 24:17–18 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; 

Are you in a hard time right now? Have you had your legs knocked out from under you? Has it not gone the way you planned or wanted? Be encouraged! The Lord Jesus is with you! Through all the difficult changes life brings… you kept the faith & love