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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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