Getting Stronger

Acts 18:23

The ONE application I’d like to explore today comes from that which we see in verse 23- Strengthening all the disciples…

If I’d break this down you could easily understand the significance of small words like; ALL.  Would you agree with me that ALL means something?

Let me hasten to point out this particular ALL is connected to something very important; All DISCIPLES.

This is a finer point of the law, but I hope you understand – DISCIPLE also means something. Disciple doesn’t mean just anything or everything.

Biblically it means this;

Matthew 4:18- As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19- “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20- At once they left their nets and followed him.

Acts 1:8- But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

Acts 2:4a- All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit…

Acts 2:42- They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

These VERY persons did not just BECOME disciples, they pursued BEING a disciple.

God’s chosen instrument, the apostle Paul, engaged strengthening!

Whatever Strengthening is – God has purposed for His followers to engage it!

God has purposed for YOU to be Strengthened!

Now then, there’s a new “Thing” in town…     PLANET FITNESS

Three Questions:

Question #1- Since we have this PLACE am I safe to assume that all of the citizenry of our County is now healthier and in better physical condition?

  • Of course not!

There is also a membership available… 

Question #2- With a paid membership can the Bearer of said membership expect to awaken in the subsequent days in better shape, health, etc.

  • Of course not

Question #3- Since there are “Church Houses” dotting the landscape – can we expect that ALL Disciples are therefore being Strengthened???

  • Of course not – the Strengthening is available – but – the individual must put forth effort.

HOW does that work?   We’re gonna find out  - STAY TUNED!