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Sermons from Bethany Gospel Chapel - Swansea
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Total Sermons: 8
Total Amens: 1
"He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance." Acts 28:30-31
As we look at the conclusion of Paul's third missionary journey, we see his friends seeking to influence his choices. Our focus today is motivation. What is Paul's motivation regarding decisions he made? What are we motivated by? Obligation; Fear; to Please Others; or Love of Christ and those He loves? In Acts 21, Paul makes some questionable choices. Some even think he was disobedient. Paul states his core motivation - "The love of Christ compels me!" Was it the love of Christ that motivated him to go to Jerusalem? It is important to evaluate Paul's motives because he said (1 Cor 11:1) Imitate me. Paul is a mentor, discipler, a model whom we can learn a great deal from. The love of Christ compelled Paul; in this case it was the love that Christ has for others ... in particular, the poor & needy ... to minister to those whom Christ loved. He went to Jerusalem with the trustee of the collection for saints who were poor and needy in Jerusalem.