2nd October 2016 Psalm 128 Acts 5:21-4
Last week I left you with four observations about the character of the members of the early church.
TENACITY– Drive and or persistence
FAITHFULNESS – Faithful to God’s Call, trusting in the Lord Jesus no matter what.
BOLDNESS – Confident, standing firm, unmovable.
OBEDIENCE – Submitting to God’s will- taking the Lord Jesus’s words to heart and acting on them. One of our members came up with one more observation.
PERSEVERANCE – to endure to hang in there no matter what- I think I can I think I can!
Due to their relationship with the Lord Jesus, and the impact of the indwelling of the Holy Sprit the Disciples moved from I think I can to I thought I could- Perseverance is like that- every journey begins with a single step- not always the easiest of steps.
The faith journey begins with a simple step, not always the easiest of steps.
Nothing was going to shake these warriors from their God given task.
29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! 41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. 42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.
What a great example for each one of us.
Their obedience once again brought them into strife; they are brought before the powers that be.
It is the second time that they are before the Sanhedrin.
The council was angry; they wanted to put the Apostles to death.
Evil is the opposite of God, and where God works wonders the devil will work overtime to destroy. His tactics are varied, he will sometimes come as an angel of light, with wonderful words and his intention is to destroy and to divert. Evil will seek to bamboozle us. It seeks to side-track us and in doing so will take us from the main thing.
Some weeks ago I said that we should make the main thing the main thing- and what is the main thing? Peter summed it up well in Acts 4:12 “12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
I am certain that these verses are not new to you, I just want to encourage you: The Lord Jesus said that He was the Way the Truth and The LIFE.
It is all about The Lord Jesus. Michael W Smith
I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about you, it’s all about you Jesus
I’m sorry Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about you, it’s all about you Jesus
For the early church, the Disciples and the Apostles it was all about HIM.
Our faith and beliefs will determine our actions. For many their life contradicts their theology.
This will have an impact on our evangelism, and the witness that we exercise, at work, at home and at play.
Did you know that at least 80% of effective church growth comes about because of the witness of people in the congregation?
It was the witness of God’s people that facilitated the growth of the early Church.
When the church takes that risk, God wonderfully blesses, in Acts there were signs and wonders, God ratified the witness of His people.
He also confirmed the Witness of His WORD.
I do not believe that the statistics have changed.
Yes they were exciting times, they were also frightening times.
It is no different today! When we stick our neck out in faith, it can be a scary thing; it can also be exciting to see God work.
I look at the church, and I wonder, I ask myself; what has God got in store for us as a Church?
What does He want us to do as a Church?