[COVER] I Will Follow

Original artist: Jon Guerra

Even in the good, I’ll follow You.
Even in the storms, I’ll follow You.
Even in the want, I’ll follow You.
Even in my death, I’ll follow You.
I believe and I will follow You.

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From Where Does My Help Come From?

  • Ps 121 [show] I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? [2]My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. [3]He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. [4]Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. [5]The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. [6]The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. [7]The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. [8]The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
  • are you weary? are you tired?
  • we require God’s strength
  • this is a traveller’s hymn, a summary of our human life

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Total Dependence – Learning to Live in the Spirit: Committed to Spirit Empowered Ministry

  • Acts 20:12-38 [show] [12]And they took the youth away alive, and were not a little comforted. [13]But going ahead to the ship, we set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there, for so he had arranged, intending himself to go by land. [14]And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and went to Mitylene. [15]And sailing from there we came the following day opposite Chios; the next day we touched at Samos; and the day after that we went to Miletus. [16]For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia, for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost. [17]Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. [18]And when they came to him, he said to them: "You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, [19]serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; [20]how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, [21]testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. [22]And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, [23]except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. [24]But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. [25]And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. [26]Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, [27]for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. [28]Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. [29]I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; [30]and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. [31]Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears. [32]And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. [33]I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. [34]You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. [35]In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" [36]And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. [37]And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, [38]being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship. (ESV)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
  • Paul leaving the church of Ephesus
    • there is sweetness in his farewell and a heart cry
  • farewell was filled with heartfelt encouragement
    • he had wrung himself out for the Ephesian church
  • captures what the church ought to value most

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