Companionship, Friendship, Fellowship, Hardship

11-March-2012

Bible Text: Acts 18:11-18 |

Series:

Acts 18:11-18
Companionship, Friendship, Fellowship, Hardship

“Weakness, fear, trembling… and alone”

1 Corinthians 2:3 “I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling”

Psalm 55:4 My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me.  5 Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. 6 I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest —  7 I would flee far away and stay in the desert;                        -  Selah

Psalm 25:16 “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. 17 The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish.”

Recap - God encourages Paul with:

1. Companionship – Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 18:2)

2. Old Friendships – Timothy and Silas (Acts 18:5) 

Hebrews 10:24 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

3. Personal Fellowship – God promises His everlasting presence with Paul

Psalm 30:1 “I will exalt you, O LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. 2 O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. 3 O LORD, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit.”

Psalm 10:17 You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry

I am with you”

Psalm 89:6 “For who in the skies above can compare with the LORD? Who is like the LORD among the heavenly beings?  7 In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him.  8 O LORD God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

Psalm 95:3For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.  4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,and the mountain peaks belong to him.  5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.

Isaiah 40:25 "To whom will you compare me?  Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.   26 Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:  Who created all these?  He who brings out the starry host one by one,and calls them each by name.  Because of his great power and mighty strength,not one of them is missing.

Jeremiah 10:10 But the LORD is the true God;he is the living God, the eternal King.When he is angry, the earth trembles;the nations cannot endure his wrath.

v. 11 “So Paul stayed for a year and a half teaching them the word of God.”

Encouragement through… Hardship?!?

1. By how ineffective your enemies are

2. By how God can transform your enemies

Gallio – Older brother of Seneca.  Seneca would later become the tutor of Nero.

Seneca – Respected philosopher/poet.  “No man is as sweet to one as Gallio is to everyone”

Judaism was under the category of “Religio licita” – Tolerated Religions

Not Guilty!

Sosthenes – Who beat him?

See 1 Corinthians 1:1

Psalm 59:9 “Because of His strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defense.” –KJV

Isaiah 46:3 "Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth.  4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Psalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever;he will be our guide even to the end.

Psalm 54:4 Surely God is my help;the Lord is the one who sustains me.

 

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