Go

Ibc-cologne

God's Word, the primary authority

Acts 21:1-14 (ESV)
---------------
And when we had parted from them and set sail, we came by a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.
And having found a ship crossing to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail.
When we had come in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left we sailed to Syria and landed at Tyre, for there the ship was to unload its cargo.
And having sought out the disciples, we stayed there for seven days. And through the Spirit they were telling Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.
When our days there were ended, we departed and went on our journey, and they all, with wives and children, accompanied us until we were outside the city. And kneeling down on the beach, we prayed
and said farewell to one another. Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home.
When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and we greeted the brothers and stayed with them for one day.
On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.
He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied.
While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’”
When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem.
Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”

1.  The Bible is Primary
===============
God’s Word is the primary authority from which we come to know God and know his will.

Question: What does God's word say?

2 Tim 3:16-4:2
===============
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)
---------------
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 4:1-2
===============
2 Timothy 4:1-2 (ESV)
---------------
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:
preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

2.  The Work of the Spirit in our heart
===============
The Spirit's work in the heart of the believer guides us to know and rest in his will

Question: What has gone spoken to me?

a.  "behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not know what will hapen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await  me." (20:22-23)

b.  "And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, 'Behold, three men are looking for you.  Rise and go down and accompany them without hesitation, for I have sent them." (Acts 10:19-20)

c.  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you (John 14:26).

3.  The Spirit works through circumstances
===============
The Spirit works through circumstances to reveal his will

Question: How is God working around me?

a.  "When he had come in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left we sailed to Syria and landed at Tyre, for there the ship was to unload its cargo.  And having sought out the disciples, we stayed there for seven days. (Acts 21:3-4)

b.  Paul was compelled by Spirit to get to Jerusalem, but cargo needed to be dropped off and reloaded in Tyre.

i.  He is able to minister to a church in a new place
ii.  He is ministered to by the Holy Spirit
iii.  Prayer together is a beautiful symbol of unity, love, and concern.

4.  The Spirit speaks through others (Prophecy)
===============
The Spirit works through others to communicate his will for us.

Question: What has God laid upon my heart to share with others?

a.  "...Through the Sprit they wre telling Paul not to go on to Jerusalem." (Acts 21:4)
i.  The Spirit told them Paul would suffer hardship in Jerusalem.
ii.  They received this message from God as a warning, and therefore responded according to their understanding of what they received from the Holy Spirit.

Prophet and Prophecy - "Ordinary Christians who spoke not with absolute divine authority, (like OT prophets) but simply to report something that God had laid on their hearts or brought to their minds." --W. Grudem

"Reporting in one's own words something that God has spontaneously brought to mind." --W. Grudem

b.  "On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.  He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied." (Acts 21:8-9)

c.  'While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.  And coming to us, he took Paul's belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, Thus says the Holy Spirit, 'This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles."
i.  It was the Romans not the Jews that bound Paul
ii.  The Jews did not deliver him to the Romans, but tried to kill him.

d.  In light of the Spirits work in Paul's life, he received the prophecies differently than the rest.
i.  what they saw as a warning, Paul saw as confirmation.

 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” (Acts 9:16)

ii.  Paul's response to their prophecies reveals his love for the church, and his passion for the Gospel.

"What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”

d.  Once they understood what God was doing, they rested in his good will for Paul and for the church.

Here and Now
===============
1.  Knowing God's will for your life begins by knowing his word.

2.  Prayer helps us to become more sensitive to what the Spirit is saying to us, and what he is doing around us.

3.  When God impresses something on your heart for someone else, pray,and filter it through scripture.  It is up to the Holy Spirit to help the recipient receive and understand it.

"Do not despise prophecy, but test everything; hold fast what is good." (1 Thessalonians 5:20).

What has God already said in his word?
What has God already revealed to my heart?
What is God already doing around me?
What is this brother/sister saying that relates to God's will for my life?

These are questions to pray through.  Let the Spirit of God speak clearly in our  lives, and let his word fill us, so we might know him more, and his will for our life.

Read More
Amen

Amens

Tags: