Trinity Bible Church Ottawa

Affections Matter


Birth of the Church

“And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. But when some became stubborn and continued in the unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. And this continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.” Acts 19:8

“Now after these events Paul resolved in the Spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia and go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there [or Jerusalem], I must also see Rome.” And having sent into Macedonia two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, he himself stayed in Asia for a while. About that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way. For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no little business to the craftsmen. These he gathered together, with the workmen in similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that from this business we have our wealth. And you see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asia this Paul has persuaded and turned away a great many people, saying that gods made with hands are not gods.” Acts 19:21

“God is not made by any… He’s not served by any human hands as though he needed anything. He gives breath and life to all.”

And there is danger not only that this trade of ours may come into disrepute but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis may be counted as nothing, and that she may even be deposed from her magnificence, she whom all Asia and the world worship. Acts 19:27

To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, and who walks among the seven golden lamp stands. I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance. I know you don’t tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars. You have patiently suffered for me without quitting or growing weary.” Revelation 2:1-2

Losing our affection for Jesus

“But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches.” Revelation 2:4-6

Doctrine alone and endurance alone is not exactly what Christ is after.

If you’re just doctrinally correct, beating your chest and boldly enduring in truth, but you have no affection for me (Jesus), you have no love for me, no desire for me; I’m pulling the lamp stand. I’m shutting this thing down. I am removing the power of the Holy Spirit. I am removing my presence, and I’ll continue to save and do work as I choose to save and do work, but it will not be through you.

Sound doctrine does not lead us to a deeper love for Jesus Christ.

Extolling Jesus for who he is and what he’s done

“When handkerchiefs or aprons that had merely touched his (Paul’s) skin were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases, and evil spirits were expelled.” Acts 19:11

“Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirit answered them, ‘Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize but who are you?’” Seven itinerant Jewish exorcists that all happen to be brothers (apparently they’re in a family business) find a demon-possessed guy and adjure the demon in the name of Jesus, who Paul uses, and the demon answers, “I know Jesus and I’ve heard of Paul.” And then there’s the oh-no moment when the demon basically says: “But who are you again?” “And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” Acts 19:14-16.

“The story of what happened spread quickly all through Ephesus to both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus as extolled. Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily. Acts 19:17-20

Confessing our sinful practices

“Also many of those who were now believers came confessing and divulging their practices.” Acts 19:18

We tend to regurgitate truth rather than walk in it.

Establishing roadblocks against Sin

“And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all (at a public bonfire). And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the message about the Lord spread widely and had a powerful effect.” Acts 19:19

“Set your minds on Jesus,” “Set your minds on the things that are above” Colossians 3:1-10

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