Sun, Jul 29, 2018

334: "What Is The First and Great Commandment?" - Acts 17:1-9

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Message #334 "What Is The First and Great Commandment?" - Acts 17:1-9 Sunday, July 29 2018 Having departed from the newly planted church of Philippi in the house of Lydia, the team arrives in Thessalonica. In this sermon, we'll examine the motives of Paul in enduring so many trials in obedience to fulfilling the Great Commission. In examining Paul's motives we will then consider our own motives in our pursuit of Jesus by answering these questions: What fuels my relationship with Jesus Christ? Why does it matter? James 1:22 encouragement- So often we as disciples of Jesus can experience the temptation to see the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) as an unbearable burden and not a stewardship we're entrusted with; or as a responsibility we're obligated to perform and not an opportunity to express our love in gratitude for God's grace; or maybe we're tempted to see the lost as projects to be completed, and not people to be loved as Jesus did (John 3:16). Maybe you're discouraged because of the negative responses or indifference experienced when you've shared the gospel of Jesus Christ previously. Let's study this passage together, and be encouraged and strengthened to examine our motives. And seek opportunities to share both the gospel and our lives with the lost. And make opportunities to encourage our fellow believers as Paul did when he wrote to believers in various places. Related verses: Acts 16:22-24 Acts 15:1-5, 36-39 Acts 14:1-6, 12-20 Acts 13:6-11, 50 Galatians 1:15-18 Acts 9:23-25, 30 Acts 9:16 1 Thessalonians 2:1-4 Luke 19:12-27 1 Thessalonians 2:5-8 2 Corinthians 9:5-14 Luke 10:25-37 Mark 12:28-34 1 Thessalonians 2:9-12 Acts 18:3 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 1:2-5 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100
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