sleeping during sermons

We’re in Acts 20 this week. As we read through I wondered where we might focus. I’m going to work on a few areas that caught my attention that he didn’t elaborate on.

We met on Sunday to worship and celebrate the Master’s Supper. Paul addressed the congregation. Our plan was to leave first thing in the morning, but Paul talked on, way past midnight. We were meeting in a well-lighted upper room. A young man named Eutychus was sitting in an open window. As Paul went on and on, Eutychus fell sound asleep and toppled out the third-story window. When they picked him up, he was dead.

Would you get upset if someone went on and on?
What if someone fell asleep during the sermon?
Is death a good enough punishment?
How can a full body slam bring someone back to life?
Could you handle all night teachings?
Would you have wished you stayed dead?

Paul went down, stretched (threw NIV) himself on him, and hugged him hard. “No more crying,” he said. “There’s life in him yet.” Then Paul got up and served the Master’s Supper. And went on telling stories of the faith until dawn!

I understand being tired and needing sleep but shouldn’t we be a little more passionate and excited to hear and experience more of God?

On that note, they left—Paul going one way, the congregation another, leading the boy off alive, and full of life themselves. Acts 20:7-12


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