Cold Rain and Snakebite and Fever – O My!
Sunday, March 31, 2019
1. Don’t be quick to LABEL people you don’t know (or about whom others talk NEGATIVELY.)
(Luke 10:25-37; Genesis 18:1-21; Hebrews 13:2; Philippians 2:3)
2. ‘BAD’ things happen to ‘GOOD’ people; and likewise, ‘GOOD’ things happen to ‘BAD’ people.
(Matthew 5:45; Psalm 73:2-22; Romans 3:10-18; 1 Timothy 1:15;1 Corinthians 15:8-9; John 9:1-3; Mark 16:17-18)
3. We have to be careful how we reach CONCLUSIONS.
(Proverbs25:8;Joshua22:9-24; Luke 6:37; Jeremiah 17:9)
4. Let’s strive for UNUSUAL kindness and SERVANT – heartedness!
(Galatians6:9-10; Philippians 4:5;
5. God will USE us supernaturally (and naturally) for the profit of OTHERS.
(Luke 9:1-2; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Matthew 14:13-14)
6. Despite life’s hardships and challenges, we should soak in all the BENEFITS and privileges of being in the FAMILY of God!
(Psalm 133; Ephesians 3:14-19; Romans 12:5)
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. Surely one of the other 275 men could have gathered wood for the fire (and maybe some did and it’s just not written in Acts), but we see how Paul did what needed be done. When there is a need, why do we sometimes sit back and expect / wait for ‘someone else’ to do it? Is this ever the right thing to do?
3. Paul and the others could have jumped to negative conclusions about the natives (Barbarians), but the “unusual kindness” they showed these shipwrecked men was the highlight of a really bad 2 weeks. Why are we sometimes quick to judge (make conclusions about) people we don’t know? (When might you have done this?) Why should we not do this?
4. Had one of us been sitting at the fire with those men, we might have thought – surely, one of these murderous prisoners ‘deserved’ to be bitten by that snake, but not Paul! Why is this faulty thinking? How might we be guilty of sometimes thinking like this?