Sermons on Acts
As Christians, we also have the opportunity to go public before authority figures. It is important to remember that authorities have been placed in the positions they have by God. We must therefore show proper honor and respect, regardless of whether we feel they deserve it or not.
There is a great temptation, because it is so easy, to design our lives so we have as little contact as possible with those who do not share our faith. As Christians, we often need to make a conscious effort to bring those who would not call themselves Christians into our sphere of influence. This week gives us some tips on how to do just that.
Going public with our faith requires boldness. In the book of Acts, the apostles are shown to be bold witnesses for Christ. This week we explore the recipe for being bold in our witness. First is to have time with Jesus. Second is to be a part of a community. Third is to pray big prayers.
Prayer is a discipline. It takes practice, it takes all sorts of forms and it is way more powerful than you think.
There is a shift in how this culture sees community. It is not as deep. It is not as frequent. But we still need that community. The Church should be meeting this role. Pursue community in Christ.
We all have a testimony, a user review if you will. Paul’s testimony is all about the Grace of Jesus and how Paul’s chief purpose is to glorify HIM. What moments in your life were “only God could do that” moments?
Three things that motivate generosity (a Christian Virtue). Let it be your legacy.
God tells the Israelites to seek the welfare of the city when they were exiled to Babylon. For he knows the plans for them, to prosper them. In a similar way we should seek the welfare of out city. Though we are exiles in this land and a culture separate from this culture. Have an impact.
LIferoads exists to help people become fully alive in Christ. Like the first church seen in Acts, be devoted to Gods word, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread and Prayer.
Our testimony about how Jesus changed our lives is our “review” on Christianity. The gospel is spread through testimonies. “Speak the gospel all the time, use words if necessary.
Ecclesiastes – Pt.13 Live a bold life for God
A crippled man is healed through Peter and he tells the crowd, “You have put to death the author of life, but God has raised Him [so repent and receive His grace].” This is a metaphor for us, crippled and in need of His healing. Turn to His grace.