Presentation on theme: "Refreshing Brethren I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied. For they refreshed."— Presentation transcript:
Refreshing Brethren I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied. For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men. (1 Cor. 16:17-18).
Refreshing Brethren For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you. For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established-- that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. (Rom. 1:9-12).
Refreshing Brethren Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you. (Rom. 15:30-32).
From Jerusalem to Rome 1) Paul rejected & arrested – Acts 21:30-36 2) Defense to the mob – Acts 21:37-22:21 3) Angers mob, appears before Sanhedrin – 22:22-23:10 4) Plot to Take His Life; Taken to Caesarea – 23:11-35 5) Preaches to Felix – 24:10-25, then Festus – 25:1-12, then Agrippa – 26:1-32 6) Appeals to Caesar – 25:11, 27-28 7) Storms, Shipwreck, Hunger – 25:14-41 8) Reaches Rome & Is Refreshed – Acts 28:14-15
Attributes of A Refreshing Christian 1) Faithful In Attendance – Heb. 10:24-25 2) Faithful In Worship – John 4:24 3) Evangelistic – 1 Thess. 1:8; 2 Tim. 1:16-17 4) Hospitable – Heb. 13:2; 1 Pet. 4:9; 3 Jn. 5-8 5) Visit the Sick and Broken-hearted – Acts 9:39 6) They Exhort & Admonish – Heb. 3:13; Rom. 15:14 7) They Watch Out For Others –Acts 20:28 8) They Truly Repent of Sins – 2 Cor. 7:8-12
Things In Common Between Refreshing Christians & Those Who Are Not Refreshing 1) Both operate in the same weather conditions 2) Both have to work, support family, raise children 3) Both have exactly the same amount of time 4) Both are tempted in the same ways 5) Both have similar problems at work 6) Both are sick at times and get tired 7) Both lose loved ones – physically & spiritually
Refreshing Christians 1) Demand no special attention or recognition 2) Need no lesson such as this 3) Quietly do their duty – refreshing others while serving God