Acts 16 Phillipi

Acts 16:11-40 Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas

  • Topic:
    • Ex: People say, “You can choose your friends… but God chooses your family….”
      • >>>meaning: Too bad… you’re stuck with that family!
    • Topic: The Communion of the Saints…
      • Def: Communion = something in common… Christ
      • Means much more than that!
    • Q:  How should you relate to people at church?
  • Text:
    • Two Families and One Stray -slave girl….
      • Lydia 14-15, Slave Girl 16-21, Jailer 22-34
    • One big Family by Baptism (15a, 33b)
    • Baptism as Sign of Entrance… Col 2:11-12… Like circumcision…
    • Baptism Symbolizes Belonging to Christ, and Belonging to one another!
    • Ex: Abraham and Adoption… Gen 12. father of nations… 14 Three-hundred men in his house adopted… 17:12-14 made part of Abraham’s household by way of circumcision [make real]
  • Intro to Point:
    • FCF: Possible trouble with new people… unfamiliar…
    • >>>Q: are you ashamed to call each other brother or sister?
    • Thesis: If you’re believing & baptized into Christ, your part of the family!
    • Key Verse = 40, “Brethren”
    • Ex: Paul Calls the Un-believer “Man” –& Believer “Brother”
    • >>>Roman, Jewish, and Greek slave girl–Now Family
    • Ex: Jesus— My Mother and my brothers are believers
    • Ex: Heb 2:11b &17 Jesus was not Ashamed to call us Siblings
    • ***We are his adoptive brothers and sisters!
    • Point: We must treat new people as family
  • Application of Point:
    • ***When we receive new members… treat as your family!
    • Ex: Beth’s mom and dad more mom and dad [make real]
    • Practical
    • ***Hospitality
      • V. 15b, 33-34…
    • ***Means of sharing the Gospel!
      • Ex: Deut 14-16… free meals symbolize free grace
      • Ex: Act 2:46-47  Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,  (47)  praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
      • >>>God added to their number!
      • Q: Why –A: b/c God dramatizes grace in our communion
  • Ex: petulant teen,“You embarrass me. Your gross. I can’t stand you”   >>>>>>>>>>>>Ashamed to call them “family…”
  • Ex: Sometimes people weird-me-out but I love the saints… they’re my Family… Q: You ever had that person who’s like, “Hey You’re really neet!” Nice but awkwardly so! [Let me squeeze your arm a little in a reassuring non sexual way… Side-hug!!!]
  • ***I tell myself, “Ben, they’re your family…”
  • ***You cannot pick and choose who your family is! God Chooses!
  • Q: How should we treat people at church?
  • A: Like Jesus did, —-as his family! — for whom he gave his life
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