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August 13, 2017

Sermon: Eutychus: What’s Important at Church?

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Scripture Lesson

Exodus 24:3, 11; Acts 20:7-12

Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice, and said, ‘All the words that the Lord has spoken we will do.’

Paul’s Farewell Visit to Troas

On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul was holding a discussion with them; since he intended to leave the next day, he continued speaking until midnight. There were many lamps in the room upstairs where we were meeting. A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, began to sink off into a deep sleep while Paul talked still longer. Overcome by sleep, he fell to the ground three floors below and was picked up dead. But Paul went down, and bending over him took him in his arms, and said, ‘Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.’ Then Paul went upstairs, and after he had broken bread and eaten, he continued to converse with them until dawn; then he left. Meanwhile they had taken the boy away alive and were not a little comforted.

Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Eutychus: What’s Important at Church?
Exodus 24:3, 11; Acts 20:7-12

I. Introduction: Family Circus
II. Who is Eutychus? (Acts 20:7-12)
     A. How do they worship in the early church?
         1. They meet on Sunday (20:7)
         2. They “break bread” (20:7)
         3. They’re “holding a discussion” (20:7)
     B. A long discussion (20:7)
     C. Eutychus falls asleep (20:9)
     D. Paul heals him (20:10)
     E. They continue church (20:11)
III. What’s important at church? (Acts 20:7-12)
     A. Not the miracle
     B. The gathering and eating (20:7, 11)
     C. The teaching (20:7, 11)
IV. This is illustrated in Exodus (Ex. 24:3, 11)
     A. The ratification of the Sinai covenant
     B. They gather (24:3)
     C. They eat (24:11)
     D. Moses teaches (24:3)
V. How can we do what is important at church?
     A. Gather together
     B. Enjoy fellowship, including eating
     C. Have teaching
VI. Conclusion: Jim Wallis (1948- )


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