The Better Life

 

Text:  Acts 19:1-10

 

A better baptism

     The Baptism of John                         The Baptism into Jesus

           For repentance from sin                    For forgiveness of sin

           In preparation for Christ                    For identification with Christ

 

A better knowledge of the Spirit

     Knowing about the Spirit                  Receiving the Spirit

          Ignorance (no knowledge)                  Encounter

          Exposure (some knowledge)              Experience

          Informed (good knowledge)                Empowered

                                                                           Expressed

 

A better kingdom

     The Kingdom of Man                         The Kingdom of God

          Pursuit of Power                                   Sovereignty of God

          Maximizing Temporal Influence         Benevolence of God

          The Rule of Law                                    The Grace of God

          Maximum good for some                    The eternal value of all

          Servitude                                               Freedom in Christ

 

  A better Way       

       Rejection of Truth                            Acceptance of Jesus

          Hardened                                             Surrendered

          Disobedient                                          Obedient

          Resistant                                              Submissive

          Slanderous                                           Proclaiming

 

                                        A Better Result

               Within two years all who lived in Asia heard
              the Word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks

 

                                        The Better Life

         “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, 
       baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son
       and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that
       I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even
       to the end of the age.”

 

Footnote:

   Perhaps. when we are not feeling the presence of the Lord,
could it be that we aren’t doing the very thing that He asked us to
do, when He promised to be with us when we are so engaged?

 

                           Let us be followers of Jesus
                               who change the world
                                   one life at a time

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