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Give and take

19/03/2023 - Matt Destry

Acts 16:25-34

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26 and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened. 27 When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29 And the jailer[a] called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34 Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.

Taking your life or giving it to Christ

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.

Your faith affects your family:

“you and your household” — “all who were in his house” — “he and all his family” — “his entire household”

What are the attitudes and actions that are important in your family and friendships?

Ephesians 4:1-6

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

The song of the prisoner: seven essential “ones” to give your life and family to

1/ One body: contribution

2/ One Spirit: peace

3/ One hope: optimism

4/ One Lord: humility

5/ One faith: growth

6/ One baptism: evidence

7/ One God and Father: the bigger story

Questions for groups:

Which of these seven ‘ones’ do I want to grow in right now?

How will this serve my family and my friendships?

When I think about my life, is my default position to take or to give?