Encouragement is more than just a feel good word to put our hope in - its a calling to something. Today we are looking at four encouragements Paul called the Ephesian elders to and how to spot a wolf that wants to destroy the flock.
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Encourage - Called to
Paul encouraged = The word used in Acts 20:1 is the Greek word parakaleō which means to call to something.
Our faith in Christ is an active thing.
We don’t just exist; we exist to the glory of God!
Four Things We are Called to:
- We are called to gather - Acts 20:7 / Hebrews 10:24-25 - We are to learn the Word of God together and break bread together (eat!).
- We are called to serve the Lord with all humility - Acts 20:19 - We are called not to consume but to contribute
- We are called to be a people on mission and to persevere - Acts 20:24 - our lives are about Christ and we are called to make disciples. When we get tired, take comfort in Christ's perseverance for us.
- We are called to be on guard against wolves - Acts 20:28-31 - there will be people from among us that rise up and teach twisted things.
Wolves & What the Teach
A wolf is a metaphor used to describe someone who is greedy, cruel, and/or destructive.
Paul describes them as speaking twisted things.
Biblical Times Wolves:
- Judaizer - taught a combination of God's grace and human effort - Acts 15
- Pagans - worldly, materialistic, worship created things - Romans 1
Current Wolves Examples:
- Universalists - claim that everyone will go to heaven
- Sexual revolution - claim that there is not just male and female Romans 1
- Prosperity Gospel - preaching that Jesus is about man and what we can get from Him
Opposite of a Wolf
Through Paul's example we see what is opposite of a wolf:
- Does not shrink back from teaching what is profitable
- Proclaims the whole counsel of God
- Warns and admonishes against sin
- Commends people to the Lord and assures them of eternity
- Does not covet
Acts 20 sermon from New City Church - http://newcitydenver.org/sermons/how-jesus-builds-a-great-church/