Sunday, September 20, 2009

Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Steve Modrzejewski.  

His message was based on Acts 18:23-28 and Acts 19:1-20. From these passages, we learn the following: 
(A) The servant of Christ must learn to be teachable:

And a certain Jew named Apollos,  born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scripture, came to Ephesus.  This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.  And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue:  whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
(B)  The servant of Christ must be ready to preach the Word and live the Word

And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.  But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.  And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. ~ 2 Timothy 4: 2
(C)  The servant of Christ needs to remember that the battle is not against flesh and blood:

Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.  And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.  And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?  And the man in whom the evil spirit was leapt on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.  And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.

(D)  The servant of Christ must remember that true faith comes at a cost:

And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.  Many also of them which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men; and they counted the price of them , and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.  So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
Our challenge for the week:  Am I teachable? Am I living the Word daily?  Do I put on the whole armor of Christ?  Am I ready to pay the cost of following Him?  May we each go before the Lord to make us useable in His hands as we do His work.

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