The Healing Power of Hope

              Text:  Acts 5:12-16  

 

Last week we discussed God’s protection of the church, and His desire for purity in the church demonstrated by His taking the life of Ananias and Saphira for lying to the Holy Spirit.  Today we see the growing influence and impact of the church in their community and beyond through the ministry of the apostles.

 

The Unique Ministry of the Apostles

      Apostolic requirements:

          A follower of Jesus (Luke 6:13)

          A personal eyewitness to the risen Christ (Ac. 4:33)

          Chosen by Jesus (Ac. 1:2)

      Apostolic endeavors:

          Preach the gospel of Jesus Christ

          Attest to the bodily resurrection of Jesus

          Be teachers to the church

      Apostolic endorsement:

          God worked many signs and wonders through them

 

The Social Impact of God’s Activity

      GOD’S ACTIVITY

          God struck down two people who were lying to the Spirit

          God was preforming many signs and wonders through the apostles

      THE PUBLIC RESPONSE

          Social distancing

          They held the church in high esteem

          Multitudes were continually being added to the church

          The extended community brought their sick to be healed

 

God’s activity today

     God offers Salvation

          God forgives sin through Jesus

          God gives life through Jesus

          God reconciles us through Jesus

     God offers Hope

          God can do anything!

          God is all-powerful, nothing is beyond His ability

          God rules, He is sovereign over everything

 

Footnotes:

The people were even bringing the sick in hope that Peter’s shadow
would fall on them as they passed by.  We have no record that this
healed anyone, but people will do just about anything in hope of
healing.  Trust God, Hope on the Lord!  Guard your heart. The lack
of hope leads to despair.  In Christ we always have hope.

Our human response is to want to do something to try and fix things,
to bring a return to normalcy.  We need to recognize that there are
things we cannot fix, and learn to live with the reality that bad things
happen, but we never need to lose hope.

 

                   Guard your Heart
 

       Do not let your heart be troubled; 

       believe in God, believe also in Me. 

                           John 14:1

 

 Be strong and let your heart take courage,

           all you who hope in the Lord.

                         Psalm 31:24 

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