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Powerful Hospitality, Open Ears, Closed Hearts Slides, 6/29/14
Powerful Hospitality, Open Ears, Closed Hearts Slides, 6/29/14
Powerful Hospitality, Open Ears, Closed Hearts Slides, 6/29/14
Powerful Hospitality, Open Ears, Closed Hearts Slides, 6/29/14
Powerful Hospitality, Open Ears, Closed Hearts Slides, 6/29/14
Powerful Hospitality, Open Ears, Closed Hearts Slides, 6/29/14
Powerful Hospitality, Open Ears, Closed Hearts Slides, 6/29/14
Powerful Hospitality, Open Ears, Closed Hearts Slides, 6/29/14
Powerful Hospitality, Open Ears, Closed Hearts Slides, 6/29/14
Powerful Hospitality, Open Ears, Closed Hearts Slides, 6/29/14
Powerful Hospitality, Open Ears, Closed Hearts Slides, 6/29/14
Powerful Hospitality, Open Ears, Closed Hearts Slides, 6/29/14
Powerful Hospitality, Open Ears, Closed Hearts Slides, 6/29/14
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Powerful Hospitality, Open Ears, Closed Hearts Slides, 6/29/14

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  • 1. “Experiencing  God”   The  crisis  of  belief:   •  An  encounter  with  God  requires  faith.   •  Encounters  with  God  are  God-­‐sized.   •  What  you  do  in  response  to  God's  revela=on   (invita=on  to  the  task)  reveals  what  you   believe  about  God.   •  True  faith  requires  ac=on.   -­‐Henry  Blackaby    
  • 2. A8er  we  were  brought  safely  through,  we  then   learned  that  the  island  was  called  Malta.  The   naAve  people  showed  us  unusual  kindness,  for   they  kindled  a  fire  and  welcomed  us  all,  because   it  had  begun  to  rain  and  was  cold.  When  Paul   had  gathered  a  bundle  of  sAcks  and  put  them  on   the  fire,  a  viper  came  out  because  of  the  heat   and  fastened  on  his  hand.  When  the  naAve   people  saw  the  creature  hanging  from  his  hand,   they  said  to  one  another,  “No  doubt  this  man  is   a  murderer.    
  • 3. Though  he  has  escaped  from  the  sea,  JusAce  has   not  allowed  him  to  live.”  He,  however,  shook  off   the  creature  into  the  fire  and  suffered  no  harm.   They  were  waiAng  for  him  to  swell  up  or   suddenly  fall  down  dead.  But  when  they  had   waited  a  long  Ame  and  saw  no  misfortune  come   to  him,  they  changed  their  minds  and  said  that   he  was  a  god.   Acts  28:1-­‐6  (ESV)  
  • 4. 1.  Powerful  Hospitality   Acts  28:2  (ESV)   The  naAve  people  showed  us  unusual  kindness,  for   they  kindled  a  fire  and  welcomed  us  all,  because  it   had  begun  to  rain  and  was  cold.       Acts  28:7  (ESV)   Now  in  the  neighborhood  of  that  place  were  lands   belonging  to  the  chief  man  of  the  island,  named   Publius,  who  received  us  and  entertained  us   hospitably  for  three  days.  
  • 5. 1.  Powerful  Hospitality   Acts  28:14  (ESV)   There  we  found  brothers  and  were  invited  to  stay   with  them  for  seven  days.  And  so  we  came  to   Rome.       Acts  28:15  (ESV)   And  the  brothers  there,  when  they  heard  about  us,   came  as  far  as  the  Forum  of  Appius  and  Three   Taverns  to  meet  us.  On  seeing  them,  Paul  thanked   God  and  took  courage.  
  • 6. “…On  seeing  them,  Paul  thanked  God  and  took   courage.”  
  • 7. And  they  devoted  themselves  to  the  apostles'   teaching  and  the  fellowship,  to  the  breaking  of   bread  and  the  prayers.  And  awe  came  upon  every   soul,  and  many  wonders  and  signs  were  being  done   through  the  apostles.  And  all  who  believed  were   together  and  had  all  things  in  common.  And  they   were  selling  their  possessions  and  belongings  and   distribuAng  the  proceeds  to  all,  as  any  had  need.   And  day  by  day,  aQending  the  temple  together  and   breaking  bread  in  their  homes,  they  received  their   food  with  glad  and  generous  hearts,  praising  God   and  having  favor  with  all  the  people.  And  the  Lord   added  to  their  number  day  by  day  those  who  were   being  saved.   Acts  2:42-­‐47  (ESV)  
  • 8. 2.  Open  Ears   A8er  three  days  he  called  together  the  local  leaders   of  the  Jews,  and  when  they  had  gathered,  he  said  to   them,  “Brothers,  though  I  had  done  nothing  against   our  people  or  the  customs  of  our  fathers,  yet  I  was   delivered  as  a  prisoner  from  Jerusalem  into  the   hands  of  the  Romans.  When  they  had  examined   me,  they  wished  to  set  me  at  liberty,  because  there   was  no  reason  for  the  death  penalty  in  my  case.  But   because  the  Jews  objected,  I  was  compelled  to   appeal  to  Caesar—though  I  had  no  charge  to  bring   against  my  naAon.    
  • 9. 2.  Open  Ears   For  this  reason,  therefore,  I  have  asked  to  see  you   and  speak  with  you,  since  it  is  because  of  the  hope   of  Israel  that  I  am  wearing  this  chain.”  And  they  said   to  him,  “We  have  received  no  leQers  from  Judea   about  you,  and  none  of  the  brothers  coming  here   has  reported  or  spoken  any  evil  about  you.  But  we   desire  to  hear  from  you  what  your  views  are,  for   with  regard  to  this  sect  we  know  that  everywhere  it   is  spoken  against.”   Acts  28:17-­‐22  (ESV)    
  • 10. 3.  CLOSED  Hearts   And  disagreeing  among  themselves,  they   departed  a8er  Paul  had  made  one  statement:   “The  Holy  Spirit  was  right  in  saying  to  your   fathers  through  Isaiah  the  prophet:   “‘Go  to  this  people,  and  say,   “You  will  indeed  hear  but  never  understand,          and  you  will  indeed  see  but  never  perceive.”    
  • 11. 3.  CLOSED  Hearts   For  this  people's  heart  has  grown  dull,          and  with  their  ears  they  can  barely  hear,          and  their  eyes  they  have  closed;   lest  they  should  see  with  their  eyes          and  hear  with  their  ears   and  understand  with  their  heart          and  turn,  and  I  would  heal  them.’   Acts  28:25-­‐27  (ESV)  
  • 12. WHERE  ARE  WE?   1.  POWERFUL  HOSPITALITY   2.  OPEN  EARS   3.  CLOSED  HEARTS   “TURN,  and  God  will  heal  us!”  

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