Saturday, July 24, 2010

Why Never Quit? Because God is Unstoppable

Acts 5:12-42

  • God performs miracles to help bring people to Jesus (v. 12-16). Acts 4:29-30
    • The miracle of Pentecost led to 3,000 converts (Acts 2:41).
    • The miracle of the lame man led to 2,000 converts (Acts 4:4).
    • The miracle healing of Aeneas led to many converts. Acts 9:35
    • The miracle resurrection of Tabitha led to many converts. Acts 9:42
      • Point of clarity:  Salvation does not come through signs and wonders but through Jesus Christ. Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:22-24
      • Point of clarity:  Signs and wonders are one of God's way of bearing witness to the gospel. Hebrews 2:3-4
      • Point of clarity:  Signs and wonders were used by God to authenticate His special messengers, the apostles.  Corinthians 12:12; Acts 14:3
  • God empowers you when people fight against your witness (v. 17-21).
    • When they react to your witness with jealousy.
    • When they react to your witness by treating you unjustly. 1 Peter 4:14, 16
    • When you treat God’s power as His to control, not yours.
      • Point of clarity:  God does not promise to rescue you from every trouble. Luke 21:12
        • Stephen is stoned to death (Acts 7:55-58).
        • James, the apostle, is killed by Herod (Acts 12:1-2).
  • God will empower you to help others find life (v. 20-21).
  • God’s Good News is all about Jesus (v. 21-32). Acts 1:8
    • Good News #1:  God raised Jesus Christ from the dead (v. 30).
    • Good News #2:  God exalted Jesus to His right hand as Prince and Savior (v. 31).
      • Point of clarity:  Jesus sustains all of life. Hebrews 1:3a
      • Point of clarity:  Jesus possess all authority. Matthew 28:18
      • Point of clarity:  Jesus builds His church/family. Matthew 16:18
    • Good News #3:  Jesus is the source for forgiveness of sins (v. 31). Acts 10:43; Acts 11:18
  • God’s empowered witnesses are  radically obedient to Him (v. 29).
    • God is unstoppable (v. 33-42). Isaiah 46:9–10
      • Point of clarity:  God’s love for us is unstoppable. Romans 8:38–39
      • Point of clarity:  God’s transforming work in us is unstoppable. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
    • God’s empowered witnesses rejoice in trials (v. 41).
    • God’s empowered witnesses never stop telling others about Jesus (v. 42).

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