What’s your agenda Rev Con Despinidic 19th February 2017
There are two people who stand out in Acts chapter 11.
1 The Apostle Peter
Both these men were a great blessing to the early church.
• Their words, faith and integrity are a great example for each of us to follow.
• They loved the Lord Jesus with all of their might! This sort of commitment should not surprise us it is consistent with what God asks of us:-
Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
In Acts 10 we saw that God wonderfully blessed Peter and the Gentiles.
The high that Peter may have experienced was about to be challenged.
“The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him 3 and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”
• Everyone has an agenda.
• It is the foundations of the past that in many ways sets out agendas.
Sometimes we are not aware of what makes us tick, why we do what we do or say what we say.
In The Apostle Peter’s case the foundations were set in concrete, religion and the law played a strong part in who he was.
The Good news is that his agenda changed when he had an encounter with the living Lord Jesus Christ along with a life changing experience of the Holy Spirit that transformed his past agenda to a new and living hope!
The church in Jerusalem should have been happy to see the Gospel spread and Gentiles saved! INITIALLY this was not the case-
• They did not rejoice in the Gentiles coming to faith!
• Their concern was that Peter broke the law-2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticised him and said,
“You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”
AFTER HEARING PETER’S TESTIMONY they saw things from a Godly perspective.
Thank God that we do not have to rely on knee jerk reactions, for this is what the early church did. This is what we do so often-
There should always be a time for the dust to settle so we can gather our thoughts- before we make any important decisions or react to situations.
By the way- never make a decision out of anger or fear.
My personal experience has been that the urgent is not always that urgent and what we believe to be of paramount importance today may not be tomorrow.
Like Peter each one of us has a past and a TESTIMONY!
Like Peter each one of us has a story to tell!
Our past should not inhibit or hold us back- it is series of stepping stones to the future. There are many directions for one to turn, many questions that seek answers and so on-
It was to individuals, for a personal response that the Lord Jesus said:-
“seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.”
OUR AGENDA SHOULD BE THE KINGDOM OF GOD;
1. LIVING AS PEOPLE OF THE KINGDOM
2. SEEKING ITS GROWTH THROUGH OUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE MISSION OF THE LOCAL CHURCH.
We have all heard of He is one of those guys who sort to live out the kingdom of God in his life:-
Peter and Barnabas took seriously the words of the Lord Jesus.
1. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness
2. and God into all the world and make disciples of all nations!
When we allow the Holy Spirit to work on our lives, ‘He takes that which is good and makes it better and he deals with that which is bad’. He does this with our cooperation and He works with us.
It is the same with faith walk! We must come to God and invite Him to work in our lives
We must trust Him and allow Him to bless us. THE BIBLE SAYS; ‘Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed!’
Peter and Barnabas trusted the Lord and became a blessing to others their agenda was the kingdom of God what’s yours?