Power of Influence

This weekend I'm preaching in the "Big House." On the spectrum of sermon philosophies, McKinney is toward the expository end rather than the topical end, which I love personally. But we rarely preach all the way through a book at a time - we take sections of each book and teach them in chunks over a few years. It allows us to keep each series fresh, and keeps us from becoming lopsided in our teaching - I'll likely post more on that someday.

But this Sunday, I drew Acts 18:18-28 as my section. At first, I was pretty bummed because it's largely a transitional passage used to describe the conclusion of Paul's 2nd missionary journey and the beginning of his 3rd, and to bring Apollos on the scene. So, it seemed like it was going to be an extraordinarily difficult passage to teach.

But, as it turns out, the transition in Acts (a transitional book) is vital to understanding the point of the book as a whole. And this passage is going to be pretty fun.

The big idea is this: never underestimate the power of your investment in someone else's life. Some of the people who have had the greatest impact on me have been people who took a relatively small amount of time, experience, and information - but poured everything the could into me. Even when it was a small investment to them, it made a profound difference in my life.

Never underestimate the power of the investment you can make on the life of another person. And you can begin that investment today - show up Sunday (or listen online) to find out how.