Don't Kill the Congregation!

“On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered. And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.”

Acts 20:7-9 ESV

 

Perhaps my greatest testimony as a pastor should be that, so far, no one has gone so soundly asleep that they fell and died. Seriously, one of my greatest desires, when I preach, is to be able to connect with people in such a way that they find a hunger to grow in their relationship with God. To think that a sermon is simply a time for people to come and endure so their religious obligation is fulfilled would leave me as a broken-hearted pastor. My hope is that people can be challenged to take the truth and hope of the gospel and make it a part of their everyday life and their relationships with others. After this incident Paul prayed for Eutychus, he was raised from the dead, and then he kept on sharing. May the truth of God always bring life into our circumstances and give us hope even in the darkest moments; and may no circumstance bring an end to our desire to share the truth.