As I read through these notes and listen to the audio it is obvious that there are things that are said that are not in these notes. My prayer is that this message would be a blessing to you. Con Despinidic
Exodus 18, Acts 6:1-7
TENACITY– Drive and or persistence
FAITHFULNESSS – 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.
PERSEVERANCE – to endure to hang in there no matter what- I think I can I think I can!
These qualities or attributes of the Christian life were the wonderful result of the relationship with the Lord Jesus and the impact of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
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!”
What a great example for each one of us.
Their obedience once again brought them into strife; 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.
It is all about The Lord 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.
What does He want us to do as a Church?
Luke wanted the world to know the power behind the church and the process whereby the early church made various life changing decisions.
The world was at a crossroads, the Roman Empire was at a crossroads, the nation of Israel was at a crossroads.
I believe that 21st Century man is at a crossroads! This nation is at a crossroads, politically, morally and ethically.
We too as a church must face a number of important issues as we consider the future.
As we do so I would like us to be influenced in our decision making processes by taking a leaf out of the New Testament Church’s history.
I believe that when the church moves away from Biblical truths and principles it loses its direction and reason for being.
I believe in the principle found in 2 Timothy 3:16,17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
To know God’s will is a beautiful thing. There is so much that we know from the Word of God that gives us direction to know God’s will in our lives.
I understand that sometimes the specifics are hard to grasp, but there is no excuse for ignorance of God’s general will for our lives.
There are some questions that we ask God that need not to be asked. How many times in ministry have I been asked general questions about life style and conduct, forgiveness and care; as if the answer was difficult to find. The Word of God is plain and clear about these things.
As we saw early in the piece the church had to deal with dishonesty, people pretending to be what they were not, we also saw how God dealt with this.
In Acts 6 we will see another situation where there are murmurings, destructive murmurings that if left unchecked could bring the house down.
We will see how the Apostles and the early church dealt with these murmurings.
If you want to destabilise a situation start rumours, sow seeds of doubt, give people a sense of insecurity, and the job is half done!
Last week I said that: “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.”
• Luke’s desire to inform his readers of the churches Growth and God’s wonderful provision. Acts 2:41,
“So those who received the word were baptised and there were added that day about 3,000 souls.” (In Jerusalem.)
• Acts 2:47,
“And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” (In Jerusalem.)
“Many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to about 5,000.” (In Jerusalem.)
• Acts 5:14,
“More than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.”
• Acts 9:31,
“So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was built up; and walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit it was multiplied.”
• Acts 13:49,
“And the word of the Lord spread throughout all the region.” (In the region of Pisidia.)
• Acts 16:5, ”
So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.” (In the region of Galatia.)
• Acts 19:20,
“So the word of the Lord grew and prevailed mightily.” (In Ephesus.)