Here are a few scribbles and notes I put together for a talk called Faces In The Fire at Discovery Church
FACES IN THE FIRE
Finding Your Story In God’s Story
Acts part 5
“We soon learned that we were on the island of Malta. The people of the island were very kind to us, building a bonfire on the beach to welcome and warm us in the rain and cold. – Acts 28:1-2 (TLB)
I. IT IS VERY NATURAL TO BE COLD.
John 18:18 Now the servants and officers who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and they warmed themselves. And Peter stood with them and warmed himself.
Malta, Melivth / Melit in Greek, is an island
some 60 miles south of Sicily and about 180 miles east of Tunisia, Africa. It is
relatively small being only about 18 miles long and 8 miles wide. It had been
settled by the Phoenicians and its name means “place of refuge” and it certainly
English word sincere comes from two Latin words: sine (without) and cera (wax). In the ancient world, dishonest merchants would use wax to hide defects, such as cracks, in their pottery so that they could sell their merchandise at a higher price. More reputable merchants would hang a sign over their pottery — sine cera (without wax) — to inform customers that their merchandise was genuine
“In the last days….the love of many shall wax cold.” – Matthew 24
2. THERE ARE WAYS OF GETTING WARM AND GIVING WARMTH.
“While I was musing the fire burned” – Ps. 39:3.
“Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way?” – Luke 24:32.
3. WE SHOULD KINDLE FIRES FOR OTHERS.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. – Matthew 5:15
Our Fire – His Fire
pura –a fire, a pile of burning fuel Greek – “pur” – cleansing/ lightning
The church’s call today :
is not to be a COUNTER CULTURE but to ENCOUNTER CULTURE.
a fine line between trying to be RELEVANT and trying to be REVERENT.
BEING HIP and BEING HOLY
Our Island needs a good fire
Gather the Tinder.
kin·dling – easily combustible small sticks or twigs used for starting a fire.
“kindred spirit” – Philippians 2:20
Be careful when you gather tinder – vs.3 Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand.
Strike a match.
I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn. – John Wesley
Fan the flame.
“fan into flame the gift of God.” – 2 Timothy 1:6
Save the goals. – “Our God is a consuming fire” Hebrews 12:29
Relevance to our culture and reverence for God are not optional.
Stay together and stay warm
The German philosopher Schopenhauer compared the human race to a bunch of porcupines huddling together on a cold winter’s night. He said, “The colder it gets outside, the more we huddle together for warmth; but the closer we get to one another, the more we hurt one another with our sharp quills. And in the lonely night of earth’s winter eventually we begin to drift apart and wander out on our own and freeze to death in our loneliness.” Christ has given us an alternative-to forgive each other for the pokes we receive. That allows us to stay together and stay warm.
Gather and stay warm my friends.