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Tonight we take a look at Philip and what God had planned for his life.
Sharing the Gospel can sometimes be intimidating. Sharing the Gospel with someone who you know does not attend church can be just plain scary. Yet, we are told to share our faith. How then, do we do this effectively? Listen, as we discuss Paul's address on the Areopagus
The Gospel changes people from the inside out. Christ gives us a radically new identity, freeing us from both self-righteousness and self-condemnation. He liberates us to accept people we once excluded, and to break the bondage of things (even good things) that once drove us. In particular, the gospel makes us welcoming and respectful toward those who do not share our beliefs.
We are told throughout the Bible to "Wait on The Lord". What does that mean in the life of a Christian? How do we wait and what do we do while we are waiting? This sermon looks at Acts 1 and the example of the disciples to see what waiting looks like.
When God's Word takes root in people's hearts there is no force strong enough to stop the lives that continue to transform others by the same Word and Spirit.
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.
This is the introductory sermon to our new series called "Life Together".
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.
Biblical hope protects our minds and prepares us for action. The Apostle Paul's Hope: 1. Prepared him for ministry. 2. Proclaimed God's glory. 3. Protected his integrity. 4. Produced healing and joy.