But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Gospel in your heart – to the world: Witnesses
LOVE JESUS – LOVE JESUS WITH THE CHURCH – LOVE THE PEOPLE JESUS LOVES
Peter: Main character in chapters 2-5
3 sermons – His focus is Jesus – who He is, what He has done
Peter’s sermons and actions are BOLD: Key to salvation is REPENT – Turn
In sin we turn our back on God, in repentance we turn our back on sin
The first step to connecting with God through Jesus – REPENT
Are you trying to work for God’s approval?
Chapter 3 – God is concerned about physical needs – He likes to heal people BUT – God’s ultimate desire is for personal salvation – the miraculous happens to point people to Jesus.
POWER OF THE APOSTLES…
14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. (WOW!)
“We don’t follow signs and wonders, but sometimes signs and wonders follow us”
So we read Acts to this point and The CHURCH IS ON THE MOVE
“If you believe the church should stay small, then your heart is too small.”
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and one mind and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.
GOD LIKES TO GROW THE CHURCH! -Book of Acts!
33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.
35 and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Sets Up Chapter 5 – Peter, and a husband and wife…
Hypocrisy: Pretending to be a little farther along than you really are spiritually
Fear: Not going all the way with the gospel largely because you are afraid
How To Overcome These 2 Temptations and Dangers…
Opposite of hypocrisy is integrity – application courage
Acts 5 – Part of the One Heart and Mind Crew we read about…
Remember…Hypocrisy enters when you pretend to be something that you’re not spiritually
So to kill hypocrisy you have to…
Fear God As You Serve God
…what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul…
Fear of God: The Idea of Awe – mixed with Intimacy
“‘See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.
Hypocrisy: pretending to be more spiritual that you really are
Fear God More Than People
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
When threatened with their lives… 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.
27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
Do Not Fear God Ordained Weaknesses
Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.
2 Corinthians 12:10
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Two Questions Today:
2. Where Are You Lacking Courage?
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