Friday, June 17, 2022

Acts 4:1-12

 

Acts 4:1-12

Neither is there Salvation in Any Other

 

Act 4:1  And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, 

Act 4:2  Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 

Act 4:3  And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide. 

Act 4:4  Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand. 

Act 4:5  And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, 

Act 4:6  And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 

Act 4:7  And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? 

Act 4:8  Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 

Act 4:9  If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 

Act 4:10  Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 

Act 4:11  This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 

Act 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 

 

         1.      Persecution is Unjust – vs 1-3

a.       The World’s authorities will hate the believer who

                                                              i.      Teaches the people

1.      The world does not fear a Christianity that is isolated in an ivory tower insulated from real people

 

a.       Christ commands us to teach all men

                                                                                                                                      i.      Matthew 28:19-20 

b.      The gospel knows no cultural boundary

                                                                                                                                      i.      Romans 1:16-17 

                                                            ii.      Teaches a Jesus that has conquered death

1.      1 Corinthians 15:16-19 

b.      The World’s authorities will imprison you without trial

                                                              i.      There are no laws against righteousness. This is why the authorities will break their own law to punish you unjustly

1.      Galatians 5:22-23 

         2.      Persecution Grows the Church – vs. 4

a.       Persecution grows our endurance - James 1:2-3 

b.      Persecution sends us to ready fields - Acts 8:1-4 

c.       Persecution brings unhindered joy - Matthew 5:10-12 

d.      Persecution corrects our focus - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 

e.       All persecution is temporary - 1 Peter 5:10 

         3.      Persecution Comes from the Authorities – vs. 5-7

a.       Everyone is there, purely out of intimidation – vs. 5-6

                                                              i.      John 11:47-53 

b.      Often in their attempt to destroy the spread of the gospel the authorities will ask you the perfect questions – vs. 7

                                                              i.      By what power did you do this?

                                                            ii.      In who’s name are you operating?

        4.      Persecution Grows Your Platform – vs. 8-12

a.       When we are given the opportunity to preach the gospel in a place, we never thought possible what should we do?

                                                              i.      Be filled with the Holy Spirit – vs. 8

1.      Luke 21:12-15 

                                                            ii.      Proclaim the resurrection of Jesus – vs. 9-10

1.      You crucified Him

a.       Hebrews 9:22 

2.      God Raised Him from the dead

a.       Romans 1:4 

3.      He sets men free

a.       1 John 1:7 

                                                          iii.      Proclaim His authority over all men – vs. 11-12

1.      Christ is King of the Jews – vs. 11

a.       Psalm 118:22-24 

2.      Christ is King of the Romans – vs. 12

a.       Hebrews 11:37 

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Acts 3:20-26

 

Acts 3:20-26

Christ Preached to His People

 

Act 3:20  And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 

Act 3:21  Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. 

Act 3:22  For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 

Act 3:23  And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. 

Act 3:24  Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. 

Act 3:25  Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. 

Act 3:26  Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. 

 

        1.      Christ was Sent to the Jewish Nation First – vs. 20

a.       Romans 1:16 

        2.      Christ’s Coming Will Initiate the Restitution of All Things – vs. 21

a.       What is the Restitution?

                                                              i.      The Restitution that Peter is referring to is the Kingdom of Christ or the 1000 year reign

1.      Revelation 20:3-4 

2.      During this time there will be:

a.       No War

b.      Complete Joy

c.       Absolute Holiness

d.      Perfect Comfort

e.       Fully Revealed Glory

f.        Full Knowledge

g.      No More Curse

h.      No More Sickness

i.        Freedom from all oppression

j.        Universal Prosperity

b.      Christ will not come again until the repentance of the Jewish Nation

                                                              i.      Romans 11:25-26 

c.       This is predicted in the Old Testament

                                                              i.      Zechariah 12:10 

                                                            ii.      Zechariah 13:1-2 

                                                          iii.      Zechariah 13:8-9 

                                                          iv.      Zechariah 14:1-4 

                                                            v.      Zechariah 14:9 

        3.      The Testimony of Moses – vs. 22-23

a.       One will come like unto Moses

                                                              i.      Deuteronomy 18:15-19 

                                                            ii.      Moses came in humility

1.      Zechariah 9:9 

                                                          iii.      Moses gave the people manna

1.      John 6:35 

       4.      The Testimony of Samuel – vs. 24

a.       Jeremiah 15:1-2 

       5.      The Inheritance of Israel – vs. 25-26

a.       The Covenant of Abraham is still in effect – vs. 25

                                                              i.      Genesis 12:1-3 

b.      Christ came to the Jewish people first

                                                              i.      Luke 24:47 

                                                            ii.      Israel had only 2 offers and then the judgement. This would be their last offer.

1.      Matthew 22:1-7 

2.      Matthew 23:37-39 

                                                          iii.      In the midst of every judgement God preserves a remnant

1.      Romans 11:5-6 

 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Acts 3:19

 

Acts 3:19

Repent Ye Therefore!

 

Act 3:19  Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 

 

          1.      You

a.       You must repent

                                                              i.            Repentance is a gift from God

1.      Lamentations 5:21 

                                                            ii.            Repentance is hidden from this world

1.      1 Corinthians 2:6-8 

                                                          iii.            The unrepentant are God’s enemy

1.      Romans 8:7 

                                                          iv.            Repentance is not the same as being self-righteous

1.      Matthew 21:31-32 

                                                            v.            Repentance is for those that long to be open before the Lord

1.      Lamentations 3:40 

                                                          vi.            Repentance is for those that are willing to change their ways

1.      Isaiah 55:6-7 

                                                        vii.            Repentance is for those that are willing to put away sin

1.      Ezekiel 18:30-32 

                                                      viii.            Repentance is an inward work of the heart

1.      Joel 2:13 

                                                          ix.            Repentance must be genuine

1.      2 Corinthians 7:9-10 

                                                            x.            Repentance is for those that have been taken captive by the snare of the Devil

1.      2 Timothy 2:24-26 

                                                          xi.            Repentance means a return to Christ

1.      1 Peter 2:25 

 

b.      You must be converted

                                                              i.            Those that are converted seek the Lord

1.      Deuteronomy 4:29-31 

                                                            ii.            Those that are converted are not apathetic

1.      Isaiah 6:10 

                                                          iii.            Those that are converted want to share the truth with others

1.      Psalm 51:13 

c.       You must be cleansed

                                                              i.            Cleansing is done by the work of God

1.      Isaiah 43:25 

                                                            ii.            Cleansing comes from Christ’s work on the cross

1.      Colossians 2:13-14 

                                                          iii.            Cleansing must be complete

1.      Isaiah 1:16 -20

                                                          iv.            Cleansing must bring lasting change

1.      Titus 2:11-15 

                                                            v.            Cleansing brings joy

1.      Isaiah 44:21-23 

          2.      The Kingdom

a.       The Kingdom is only for the repentant

                                                              i.            Matthew 4:17 

b.      The Kingdom is a kingdom of peace

                                                              i.            Isaiah 11:6-10 

c.       The Kingdom is not of this world

                                                              i.            John 18:36 

d.      The Kingdom is a haven for the people of God

                                                               i.            Isaiah 35:1-10