Summary: If we as God’s family will follow Christ together, we can win in the life struggles we face.
Together We Win!
Text: Acts 18:1-11
Intro: Patrick Henry once said, “United we stand, divided we fall.” This slogan proves true in politics, business, and many other areas. Even the animal kingdom understands the strength and safety in staying together. Predators generally go after the stragglers or they purposely try to cut off 1 or 2 animals from the rest of the herd so they can pick them off. As Christians, it is vitally important that we learn how to live this life together! By ourselves we face danger, loneliness, insecurity, and weakness. But together with other believers, we find encouragement, hope, strength, safety, and so much more!
-I’d like to show a video clip from Facing the Giants that reminds us how important it is for us to be together in this thing, and give encouragement and strength to one another. [Show clip]
Prop: If we will follow Christ together, we can win in the life struggles we face.
Interrogative: How does togetherness in Christ help us win?
TS: There are 4 wins I’d like to talk about from our text today.
I. Being Together Helps Us Conquer Loneliness (Acts 18:1-2)
1After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them,
-Paul was in Corinth by himself to begin with and probably found himself in need of good Christian fellowship. He was human like us, and he was probably kind of lonely. He needed others around him who believed in Jesus. It just so happened that God had brought a man named Aquila and his wife Priscilla to Corinth recently. They and all Jews had recently been evicted from Rome, apparently due to the rioting among the Jews as they strongly opposed the followers of Jesus. The Roman historiographer Suetonius recorded that the Emperor Claudius “expelled the Jews because they were continually rioting at the instigation of Chrestus.” Most Christian scholars believe that Suetonius misspelled the Greek name, Christos, or perhaps Latinized it. Regardless, this appears to be a reference to Christ Jesus or more specifically, his followers. Suetonius probably knew little about Jesus and cared even less. He was simply recording the fact of the Jewish eviction from Rome.
-Nevertheless, God used these circumstances to bring Aquila and Priscilla to Corinth. Paul met them and then got together with them. It appears that they were already followers of Jesus, which established more common ground with Paul than the fact that they were tentmakers.
-Maybe you’ve struggled with loneliness before. It is not a pleasant feeling. There are times when we all need our space, but too much space makes us feel empty and alone. We were created to love and be loved, and that is not done well in isolation. God wants us to develop friendships with other believers so we can mutually encourage one another. Sometimes we need to cry and be cried upon. We need to laugh with others. There is something about sharing both joys and sorrows that meets an emotional and even spiritual need within us.