Text: Acts 9:32-43
GO TO WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE AND SERVE THEM
Peter was going throughout the region, encouraging the
church and preaching the Word. In his travels he came
across a man named Aeneas who had been bedridden
for eight years. Peter involved himself in the troubles of
his life and healed him.
TAKE NOT PERSONAL CREDIT: POINT PEOPLE TO JESUS
Peter exalted Christ, by saying “Jesus Christ Heals you.”
It wasn’t the Peter show, it was pointing people to the power
of our Lord Jesus Christ. All genuine ministry reflects more
on the power of God than on the performance of the minister.
BE RESPNSIVE TO THE HURTING SOUL
Peter hears about a saintly woman who has died and goes to
minister to the family. Ministry is showing sensitivity to the
hurting, and responding to comfort, encourage, and strengthen.
It hurts with those who hurt and adjusts their schedule and
plans to meet the needs of others.
TOTAL RELIANCEW ON THE POWER OF GOD
Peter sent everyone out of the room, knelt down and prayed.
Prayer is listening to God to understand His will and then asking
according to the will of God. Peter had no ability on himself to
raise the dead. But sometime in the prayer he must have sensed
the power and the will of God, for he turned to the body and
said, “Tabitha arise.” And she opened her eyes and sat up.
THE FRUIT OF MINISTR IS MORE BELIEVERS
When people saw that Aeneas had been healed, they turned
to the Lord. When people heard about how Tabitha had died
and risen to life again, many believed in the Lord. The purpose
of ministry is to expose people to the life and work of Jesus.
It is not to make people feel better, be happier, or have a better
life. Ministry is to expose people to Jesus, so that He can
transform their lives.
EVERYONE SHOULD BE A MINISTER
To give aid or service: to attend to anything, that may serve
“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your
freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve
one another.” Galatians 5:13
MINISTRY WITHOUT THE GOSPEL
JUST MAKES PEOPLE MORE COMFORTABLE
ON THEIR WAY TO HELL