Summary: Do you have people who sleep during your sermons? Here’s a sermon to deal with that problem. It includes an amusing story to hold your congregation’s attention.
Are You Like Eutychus?
1 After the uproar had ceased, Paul called the disciples to himself, embraced them, and departed to go to Macedonia.
2Now when he had gone over that region and encouraged them with many words, he came to Greece
3and stayed three months. And when the Jews plotted against him as he was about to sail to Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia.
4And Sopater of Berea accompanied him to Asia--also Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia.
5These men, going ahead, waited for us at Troas.
6 But we sailed away from Philippi after the Days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days joined them at Troas, where we stayed seven days.
7 Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.
8There were many lamps in the upper room where they were gathered together.
9And in a window sat a certain young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep. He was overcome by sleep; and as Paul continued speaking, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.
10But Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, "Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him."
11Now when he had come up, had broken bread and eaten, and talked a long while, even till daybreak, he departed.
12And they brought the young man in alive, and they were not a little comforted.
My wife Pat is a wonderful Christian woman!
We all love her! Amen?
She does many things behind the scenes for this church.
If she wasn’t here,
most of you have no idea how much she would be missed!
She keeps our church clean!
She serves on our Prayer Chain.
She takes care of all the treasury duties.
She prints up our weekly Prayer Bulletins.
She goes shopping for all the supplies we need.
She takes a turn teaching the Alpha Children’s Church Class.
However, there is one other thing she does!
She sits on the back row and signals me
when she thinks it’s time to quit preaching!
She casually points to her watch when I look at her.
If that doesn’t work, and I keep on preaching…
she slowly draws a finger across her throat!
That means cut it off!
It never has come to it…
But I sometimes wonder what she would do next
if I kept on preaching!
I also wonder what you folks might do!
Today’s story is about a man by the name of Martin Bass. Martin had a problem. He had a difficult time staying awake at church while the sermon was being preached. He would sing out loud when it was time to sing the hymns. He would deliver stirring testimonies during Testimony time. He made everybody feel welcome during the Fellowship Time. However, when it was time for the sermon, Martin would settle down in the soft pew seats and slowly drift off to sleep.
We’ll hear more about Martin’s problem a little later!
Genuine Christians Should Have A Passionate Love For Jesus.
Acts 20:7 Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.
First, we should love going to church.
Notice that they met "on the first day of the week to break bread."
This is the first clear reference to the Christian practice
of observing Sunday as a day of worship.
The Jews met on the Sabbath or 7th day of the week.
Why did it change?
Well, early Christians began to meet on the first day of the week
as a weekly celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
That tradition has carried over to today.
When we come to church, we should be excited to be here.
We are worshiping a Savior who has given us eternal life.
Don’t act like it’s a funeral.
It’s a celebration. It’s an exciting time.
Next, we should have a passion to share the Gospel.
There was an urgency to get the Gospel out.
Paul was leaving the next day.
He knew that he would not see the People of Troas again.
So it was urgent to share the gospel with the people of Troas.
Church we have to have that same kind of urgency.
We have people that we work with…
that we go to school with…
that we see in town or at the grocery store!
Many of them don’t know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
God has placed you in that person’s life to share the gospel.