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Peter prepares us for persecution by commanding us to: 1. Be Convinced - that God views our suffering for Christ sake as a blessing. 2. Be Devoted - to the Lordship of Jesus Christ from the inside out.
Daniel doesn't tame the lions, but he does show us how we are to live in a pluralistic society. Daniel does show us how to be salt and light. Daniel shows us that we are to expect persecution. And Daniel shows us how to live in perfection. Everything is there.
The journey begins with the persecution of a nomadic Hebrew people, and the birth of a fine baby boy later named Moses. What is God beginning to do? Where is God in the first 2 chapters of Exodus? Where is God when we are experiencing our own crisis of faith? We have the benefit of history and time to understand God in a way Moses could not. Let's look at some 10,000 foot principles as we begin our character study of the life of Moses.
We are more than conquerors in our faith that Jesus Christ is alive. The result of your salvation; your trust in Him, is that you love Him, thus you obey Him. As a result of this your mind is set on the Holy Spirit and not on the world. Ask yourself these questions: 1) Do you speak Jesus Christ? 2) Do you belong to Jesus Christ?
When the Spirit is in charge no nation nor anything on this earth will stop the good news of Jesus Christ in going out. How can this be applied in the south bay area, the San Jose area or any of our local communities.
Satan is relentless when it comes to trying to stop the Church. He attacked from the outside at the beginning and then he went for an attack from the inside with Ananias and Sapphira. In Act 5 beginning at verse 17 we read about persecution again arising from the outside of the Church and about the response of the Apostles and the Church. I. The nature of the persecution A. From the very top – The High Priest (Acts 5:17) B. They were filled with indignation (jealousy) C. They laid their hands on the apostles and threw them into common prison (Acts 5:18) II. God let them out and gave them direction A. An angel of the Lord showed up 1. Opened the doors 2. Escorted them out (Acts 5:19) B. The angel told them what to do next (Acts 5:20) 1. Stand in the temple 2. Speak to the people all the words of life C. The disciples did as they were told (Acts 5:21) 1. They entered the temple early in the morning 2. They started teaching III. Meanwhile those who think they are in control call things to order A. The council was called together and all the senate B. They sent for the prisoners (vv. 22, 23) 1. Everyone thought they were there 2. They were not – everything was locked – guards were there – no one inside C. The leadership – captain of the temple – chief priests – were perplexed greatly (vs. 24) D. Word came to them about the prisoners (vs. 25) 1. They are standing in the temple 2. They are teaching the people E. The captain of the temple and the officers went and arrested them (vs. 26) 1. Not by force 2. They were afraid the regular folks would stone them IV. The council “questions” the apostles A. They had them brought out and the high priest questioned them (vs. 27, 28) 1. We told you not to preach in this name 2. You have filled Jerusalem with this teaching 3. You are trying to bring this man’s blood on us (they’d said His blood be on us…) B. Peter and the apostles answered 1. We must obey God rather than men (vs. 29) 2. The God of our Father’s raised Jesus whom you killed by hanging on a tree (vs. 30) 3. God exalted Him to His right hand as Leader and Savior (vs. 31) 4. We are witnesses to these things 5. The Holy Spirit witnesses to these things What motivated these worldly leaders? Fear, anger and jealousy. The Apostles however were faithful and focused and everything was just falling into place. They were doing the right things and saying the right things. All these things were being added unto them.
Jesus: The Lunatic, Deceiver. or Savior?
There are two lessons we should learn when we suffer as Christians according to 1Peter 4:12-14. 1. Anticipate suffering because you are beloved by God 2. Celebrate suffering because it evidences you are united to Jesus
Jesus Christ is the turning point of every person’s life and eternity. Your reaction to Jesus Christ and your view of Him determines everything about your life here and now and your eternal existence. Matthew will now lay before us yet another miracle that bears testimony to Christ, but also two inadequate responses to them.
Jesus made the promise that the gates of hell would not prevail against His church! As we dig into one of the most difficult texts in the Revelation this weekend, the underlying theme takes us back to those words of courage! Even in the darkest days of the church's history, God has always preserved His witness! Like the children's toy from 20 years ago "Weebles Wobble but they don't fall down!" How often have we had to get back up on our feet again after having suffered a "fatal blow"? If you take nothing else with you this weekend... take this... God has called us to be fearless in our resolve, fearless in our witness, fearless in our stand for Christ. Can you say it with confidence... "I am not ashamed..."? Key Passage: Revelation 11:1-14