Do Not Grow Weary - Message 3. Comfort in Our Companionship. Hope is not wishful thinking but confidence in the absolute certainty of Godβs Word.
I. The Power of the Word β vs. 13-14a
A. We Thank God (see vs. 12) B. You Received the Word
1. The Word Welcomed β Acts 13:44-49 2. The Word Working β Ps. 19:7-9
a. Effectively β divine accomplishments b. Believed β not a past decision, but a continuing process of belief c. The Spirit by the Word
II. The Persecution of the World β vs. 14b-16
A. Imitating the Churches β 1 Cor. 11:1; Heb. 6:12; 3 John 11; Eph. 5:1-2 B. Shared Suffering β Luke 13:34; Matt. 21:33-46; Acts 7:52 C. Stored Up Wrath β John 3:18, 26; Matt. 23:32; Rom. 2:5
III. Our Presence with the Church β vs. 17-18
A. But We β Acts 17:5-9
1. Orphaned 2. In Presence, not in Heart 3. Had a Great Desire to See You
B. But Satan β Acts 5:1-10; Rev. 2:9-10, 13, 24; 3:9; 2 Cor. 2:9-11
IV. Your Presence with Christ β vs. 19-20
A. Our Hope, Joy, and Crown of Rejoicing
1. Hope β certainty, not wishful thinking or positive expectations β 1 Cor. 13:13; Ps. 38:15; 43:5; Prov. 10:28; Rom. 5:5; 8:25; 15:4; Heb. 3:6; 6:17-20 2. Joy β a fruit of the Spirit not dependent upon feelings β John 15:11; Gal. 5:22; 1 Jn 1:4 3. Crown of Rejoicing β laurel wreath, ultimate prize for victory β Jer. 9:23-24; Phil. 3:3; Gal. 6:14
B. You and Your Presence with Christ at His Return (parousia) C. Our Glory and Joy β praise and honor β this does not speak to how we feel but to what we do in the presence of the Lord β Jude 24-25
Phillip was called to new life in Christ at age 9, called to preach at age 14, and ordained to the gospel ministry at age 20. He graduated from The Criswell College (Dallas, Texas) in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies with a major in Evangelism. He...