September 12, 2021 | Robbie Alderman
Passage: Acts 20:17-38
Finishing the race no matter the obstacles.
1. We persevere even when we don't know where the directions are taking us (vs. 22-24). Uncertainty is everywhere in our lives and our walks with Jesus, but it does not
mean we can’t trust Him. Persevering through uncertainty gives us the confidence to persevere through heresy.
2. Recognize when you’re given bad directions (vs. 25-31). It is not hard to find truth: go to scripture! If it is not there, then its validity must be questioned. This is why it is so important that we not just be refueling at church on Sundays but throughout the week in community groups, serving, and our own personal daily study of scripture. “The only way to recognize if we are given bad directions is if we are grounded in God’s word.”
3. We persevere when it seems like we are running alone (vs. 32-38). We must help the weak and encourage one another. As the body of Christ, we should be there to build one another up. The primary qualities in Christian leadership are servant leadership and Christ centered, exalting leadership. Both of these qualities should be executed in radical submission to Jesus. In our finances, the only motivation to work is to make money to provide for the continued work of making saints.
What would you do if you knew that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)? What would you do if you knew that God’s presence was always with you (Psalm 139)? As Christians, we know these statements are true, but often we fail to apply them in a concrete way. Each week of this series unpacks the story of a biblical character living “as if” God's promises are actually true (and they are!).