The Gift of Presence

Hebrews 13:5  . . . for he (Jesus) hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

The promise of Presence: 

  • Emmanuel = GOD WITH US
  • Comforter is from the Greek word paraklētos – ANCIENT WARRIOR TERM, GREEK SOLDIERS WHEN TO BATTLE IN PAIRS, THEY WOULD FIGHT BACK TO BACK
  • Matthew 18:20 – WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED TOGETHER IN MY NAME, THERE AM I IN THE MIDST OF THEM.

The need for presence: 

  • 2 Timothy 4 - Paul's appeal to Timothy - Come BEFORE winter.  

Examples of presence: 

  • Job 2:11-13
  • Barnabas to SAUL
  • The good Samaritan

The gift of your presence: 

  •  Brings POWER -  Ecclesiastes 4:9-11
  • Ministers CARE

You don’t have to KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS OR BE THE MOST WITTY

You do have to CARE ENOUGH TO GO