An Anthem From Anguish

An Anthem From Anguish

An Anthem from Anguish 

(Acts 16:16-36) 
Sunday, July 15, 2018 
(God uses adversity…big time.) 

 

1.Where God is and is leading me, the enemy will be there too. Be PREPARED. 

(Mark 1:24-25; John 10:10; Romans 12:21)

2.May I be willing, prepared, BOLD, and obedient to bring Jesus into a bad situation. 

(1 John 4:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:57; Acts 4:13,29; 2 Timothy 1:7; Philippians 1:20)

3.If I desire to live for Christ and stand strong for righteousness, I am a TARGET. 

(2 Corinthians 11:23-27; 1 Timothy 3:12; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; 1 Peter 4:4)

4.The enemy wants me quiet and ineffective, but God empowers me to be VOCAL and PRODUCTIVE. 

(Deuteronomy 28:7; Ephesians 6:11-17; 2 Peter 1:8; 1 Peter 5:8; James 4:8)

5.In moments of anguish, may I lift an anthem of PRAISE to God. 

(John 16:33; Isaiah 26:3, 41:10, 43:2; Philippians 4:12-13; Habakkuk 3:17-18; Psalm 23:4, 34:19, 42:5-8, 149:5; Romans 5:3-4, 8:18)

6.When I am squeezed, others will SEE and HEAR and be impacted. 

(Titus 2:7-8; 1 Peter 2:12; 1 Timothy 4:12; 1 John 2:6; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 5:1-2; Matthew 5:16)

7.In adversity, always remember that God is at WORK; He is JOINING me! 

(1 Corinthians 10:13; Exodus 14:14; Philippians 4:6-7; Psalm 23:4; Genesis 50:20; Psalm 34:18; Acts 4:31, 5:19)

8.Major shakes can be horrifying, but they can also BREAK CHAINS! 

(1 Peter 1:8-9; Romans 8:19, 28; Colossians 1:11; James 1:12)

 

Taking it further to help you THRIVE 

1.Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?

2.The Romans wanted to totally humiliate Paul and Silas, through verbal and physical attack. What does fear of humiliation cause us to do? Not do?

3.When have you recently found yourself in an uncomfortable or difficult situation where you wanted to hit the road? What happened?

4.In what ways do you think the enemy has caused you to be somewhat silent and ineffective in your witness?

5.Why/how do you think Paul and Silas were able to praise God despite their circumstances?

6.Paul and Silas’s Christianity may be called “radical” by some. Do you think it was? Should ours be the same? Why? Why not?