One Day at a Time - Facing Difficult Days

       Text: Acts 3:1 – 4:31

 

Preaching at the Temple       (Acts 3:1-26)

      A lame man healed

           “What I do have I give to you in the name of Jesus: WALK”

      The crowd marveled

      Peter preaches

            Why are you amazed?

            We testify that we have seen Jesus raised from the dead

            It is by faith in His name that this man walks again

           Jesus is the Christ

            Repent and return that your sins may be wiped away

 

Sermon Interrupted          (Acts 4:1-12)

      Peter preaches Jesus

      Peter and John arrested by the Sadducees (anti-resurrection)

      But many who heard also believed; the number grew to 5000 men

      The rulers gathered to question them

          QUESTION:  “By what power, or in what name, have you done        
               this?”    (Healed the man)

          RESPONSE: “By the name of Jesus Christ, crucified and risen,
               this man has been healed. There is salvation in no one else,     
               there is no other name under heaven by which we must be     
               saved.”

 

Before the Council         (Acts4:13-22)   
      THE COUNCIL:  The council could not deny the miracle because there
          were too many witnesses. Instead they chose to command Peter
          and John not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus.

     THE RESPONSE:  “Whether it is right in the sight of God to obey men
          rather than God, you be the judge;
FOR WE CANNOT STOP     
           SPEAKING OF WHAT WE HAVE SEEN AND HEARD
.”

     THE COUNCIL:  They threatened Peter and John again about speaking
         of Jesus and then released them.

 

Report, Rejoice, and Pray           (Acts 4:23-30)

     Peter and John return and report the council’s action

          Threat and release

    The church rejoiced and worshiped

          God you are in control

          God you prophesied through David of opposition to the Lord and 
              Christ

          We have seen this prophecy fulfilled according to Your purposes
              and plans

   The church prayed

          Take note of the threats against us

          Grant us confidence to speak Your Word

          Show Your might and power through the name of Jesus

 

God answered their prayer        (Acts 4:31)

      “And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered
       together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit,
       and began to speak the word of God boldly.”

 

SUMMATION: In the Early Church

      The focus was on elevating Jesus

      They faced opposition, but would not back down

      They rejoiced that they were threatened but released

      They celebrated God’s plan, even including opposition

      They saw opposition as a sign of God’s prophetic fulfillment

      They prayed for confidence to share Christ in spite of opposition

      The Holy Spirit came upon them and they spoke the Word BOLDLY!

  

In Our Difficult Days

      Keep the focus on Jesus

      Honor God no matter what

      Look for God’s activity and celebrate it

      Pray for opportunities to share Jesus and show His love

      Speak the Word of God boldly

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