Summary: The story of Eutychus from Acts 20 and how it relates to us.

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How to not fall out of a window and die

• Have you ever fallen asleep in an inappropriate place?

• I can remember when I was in college, I used to be so tired all the time. Its hard work hanging out

• I had this 8am class, spring quarter, I would literally wake up, go to breakfast, go to the class and sleep for an hour

• Why did I even go? I could have just slept in.

• I got a D- the lowest grade you could get and still get credit- I didn’t care

• In the Army 5 years later I was sitting in a Board and some Major asked me about it

• You never know what can happen when you fall asleep.

• This AM want to preach from Acts 20:7-12 READ

• Eutychus- the name means “good fortune”

• I’m not sure how fortunate he was- but that’s what his name was

• Its easy in your Christian life because you’re doing more than other people to get a sense of contentment

• We are on a journey together- a journey of being refined by the holy spirit and growing to become more like Christ

• That process is not easy- its not for the faint of heart

• But together, we can live this life growing and learning and loving. To become more like Christ

• I’m titling this message- how not to fall out of a window and die- lessons from Eutychus

• What can we learn from the story of Eutychus? How can we not fall out of a window and die?

1. Make sure you stay close

• Having proximity to what God is doing is the first part of growing in Christ

• A lot of people don’t make their relationship with God a priority

o In Vs. 7 we see On the first day of the week

o The early church gathered on the first day of the week

o This was the custom and the norm- they got together

o It was normal to break bread and be together- they spent time with one another.

o I don’t know what time Paul started- but he kept talking until mid-night That’s a sermon!

o So many people talk about church length- we can work for 40 hrs, watch a movie for 3, but cant sit in church for 1.5 hrs?

o The bottom line is that the church, the early church made getting together the priority in their life

o It wasn’t a priority, it was THE priority

o I’m kind of old school- but I think that as we are a called out people, a peculiar people that we are called to spend time with the people of God as much as we can

o God moves in our fellowship time with one another.

o Now I understand that by making the choice to preach on this- some of you are saying- I thought I was close?

o If you are not close I am talking to you! If you are far away I’m talking to you!

o If you are in his lap I’m encouraging you to stay!

o Here is part of my personality- I always ask- “how can we make this better” I bring that to everything I do- including my relationship with Christ

o The hard part about that is that at times it may seem as if I’m a relentless task master- I’m not- I just like to make things better- to be constantly improving them.

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John E Miller

commented on Sep 1, 2011

Was this really a "sermon"? Did people sit through it and pay attention or did they just fall asleep?

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