Proclaim (Part 7) How to Rub People the Right Way! Acts 4:36-37
Theme: Being a blessing and removing barriers with people
Introduction Today, as we conclude our sermon series “Proclaim” where we have been looking back at the first church to see what they had and did to turn their world upside down for the Lord so that we can do the same today. I want to encourage us to be encouragers to one another. I want to do that by looking at the life of a man who made the encourager’s hall of fame. I believe he was just about everyone’s best friend. He may have been the most popular Christian in the early church. By looking into his life, we can take note of the steps we can take to be like Barnabas and learn “How to Rub People the Right Way.”
Conclusion: If we as the church today are going have the impact on our world the early church had on theirs, we are we are going to have to fill our church with people who want to rub people the right way, every chance they get… The amazing thing you will find is that you will be encouraged in the process.
Proclaim: (Part 6) How They Accomplished So Much More! Acts 4:31-33
Theme: The early church focused on prayer, passion and the proclamation of the gospel
Introduction: We live in a society that craves more. Politicians want more power, millionaires want more Money, governments want more control, children want more toys, and the dying want more Time. Everybody wants more. I don’t know about you, but I marvel at the power of the early church. And I confess, I want to see more of it in today’s church! It amazes me to look at the ways God used them for His glory. When you consider that 3,000 souls were saved on one day and 5,000 were saved on another day; that the Lord added to the church daily, Acts 2:47. That the church was marked by powerful miracles and larger than life personalities; that they experienced amazing growth; and that they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. It lets us know that there was something different about the early church and the church today. I want to point out to you what I believe was the source of their power. I want us to see that the early church was plugged in to a tremendous source of power. I believe that the source of power they found is exactly what we need in our day. The power that rested on the early church is available to the modern church. We merely need to plug in to the same sources of power they used in that day.
Conclusion: We need to plug into the power of prayer, the power of passion and the power of proclamation. Doing that will allow us to shake our world for Jesus like the early church did theirs!
Proclaim (Part 5) “The Name of Jesus” (Acts 4:5 -21)
Theme: The early church recognized its authority came from the name of Jesus
Introduction: These were tense times for the people of Israel. Rome was tightening her grip on the little nation, insurrections and rebellions against Rome were growing and a rag tag group of people were creating a stir in the name of a man named Jesus. It seems that an amazing thing is happening in the city of Jerusalem. Thousands of people are turning from their Jewish beliefs to embrace a man name Jesus Christ, Acts 2:41; Acts 4:4. Of course, this is upsetting to the leaders of the Jewish people. After the second of these events, two of the ringleaders Peter and John are arrested, 4:3, and called to give account for their actions and for the radical, new message they are preaching. When they hear Peter preaching about that Jesus whom they had crucified they are livid. When they hear that Peter is claiming that this Jesus arose from the dead, they are absolute furious, and they arrest the two preachers. But the message had already been delivered and 5,000 men were saved by the grace of God that day! After spending the night in jail, Peter and John are brought before the council to explain their actions to the council. We are told in 4:7 that this question is asked, “By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?” That question opened the door for Peter to preach a fresh message to these Jewish leaders.
Peter’s and first church’s message were all about a man named Jesus. It is that message and that man that I have the privilege of sharing with you this morning and we have the privilege to share with the world today! As we listen to Peter preach about the Lord, there are some precious truths revealed about the person of the Lord Jesus that we need to hear today.
Conclusion: What do you believe about this man named Jesus? We see how important His name is to all men today! Is He the Savior of your soul? Are you trusting His death and resurrection to get you into heaven? This is the message Peter and the early church proclaimed then and it the message we are to proclaim to our world today!
Proclaim (Part 4) A Lame Sermon (Acts 3:1 -10)
Theme: The church focuses on the real needs of people
Introduction: In 1977, Archie Jordan penned the song, “What a difference you’ve made in my life.” It was intended to be released as a Christian single. However, it was instead made famous as a country song by Ronnie Milsap. The song describes the impact someone near to him had made upon his life. Well, I want you to know today, God is a difference making God. The Bible is a difference making book. Jesus ALWAYS makes a difference in lives… (and) The church is supposed to make a difference in the world! The early church made a major difference in the lives of all who encountered them and this should be true of us today as well.
In today’s text we read the account of the healing of the lame man. I believe in this passage, that the healing of the lame man pictures the conversion of a lost sinner and reveals the difference we as Christians and the church should be making in the lives of others today.
Proclaim (Part 3) God’s Precious Plan of Salvation (Acts 2:21)
Theme: The Gospel message that has been changing lives for over 2,000 years.
Introduction: On the Day of Pentecost, Simon Peter stood up before a crowd of Jews from around the world and proclaimed a message that literally changed the lives of 3,000 men that day. It is also a message that continues to echo down the halls of time and is as fresh today as it was 2,000 years ago when it was first delivered. The message Peter preached that day was God’s precious plan of salvation. In just a few verses, Peter was able, by the help of the Holy Spirit, to declare the message that can change the life of everyone who hears it and receives it. It is a message that has not changed, nor lost its power. It is a message that still brings hope to the hopeless, life to those dead in sin and forgiveness to those struggling under the burden of their sins. Today, I would like to share this message with you once again. As we examine once again “God’s Precious Plan of Salvation.”
Proclaim (Part 2) United (Acts 2:1-8)
Theme: To have a movement of God in these days like the early church enjoyed in those days. There must be unity among God’s people
Introduction: Our text today describes the day of Pentecost. Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. It is the moment when the followers of Jesus stepped up and took their place, indwelt and filled with the Holy Spirit, they began boldly preaching of the Love God to the world! “Pentecost” means “fiftieth” and refers to the Jewish feast held fifty days after Passover. This feast, called Feast of Weeks, Ex. 34:22; Deut. 16:10, and Feast of the Harvest, Ex. 23:16. It is one of three annual feasts for which the nation was to come to Jerusalem and make an offering of first fruits to the Lord. Pentecost is a designated day of thanksgiving to mark the end of the grain harvest. A holy Sabbath day. The “day of Pentecost” marks ten days since Jesus ascension and the day the words of the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-29) and, John the Baptist who prophesied of it were fulfilled. (Lk 3:16) It is on this day, set aside to praise the Lord for giving His people a great harvest, the Lord began to harvest the lost souls of this world through His church. Amazing things took place that day. While we cannot duplicate the events of that day, we can duplicate the conditions that existed among the people of God on that day. We can see the Lord move in our midst in power and glory in these days, just as He moved in those days. Unity was the calling card of the early church, and it should mark us as well. Let me show you the ways in which the early church was united. We should seek unity in the same areas they did.
Conclusion: Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. It is the moment when the followers of Jesus stepped up and took their place, indwelt and filled with the Holy Spirit, they began boldly preaching of the Love God to the world! One of the striking characteristics of the early church on the day of Pentecost was that they were together “with one accord”. Having one mind.” If we want the Lord’s power on the church in these days, then God’s people are going to have walk together in unity!
Proclaim! (Part 1) The Most Important Thing! (Acts 1:8)
The sharing of our hope with the world. How early church proclaimed the gospel
Theme: Here stands Jesus crucified, buried, risen, and ready to ascend to heaven and this is on His mind.
Introduction: This text, records our Lord’s last meeting and words to His disciples while He was here on earth. Here stands Jesus, having been crucified, buried and resurrected. He is preparing to ascend back into Heaven to sit down at the right hand of God and this is on His mind. Before He leaves, He commands and commissions His men to reach the world with His message. Verse 8, tells us this is the most important thing and our duty. Jesus, here, commands His disciples (living in all time periods), to be His witnesses to the world of His Gospel and of His saving grace. The Apostle Paul described the Gospel (1 Cor 15:3-5; Rom. 4:25) The Word of God is clear, true salvation comes Through Christ and His sacrifice alone. Jesus told us the way (Jn. 14:6). (Eph. 2:8-9) tells us we cannot earn it – it is a gift of God’s grace (unearned, unmerited favor). And, (Rom. 10: 9-13) Explains salvation comes to those who believe with their heart and confess with their mouth “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Jesus words in verse 8 are clear! Every believer is commissioned, commanded and constructed to share this Gospel message with a lost world. Paul reminds us we are His “ambassadors” in this world, (2 Cor. 5:20).
Let me share some of the qualities shared by all Gospel witnesses, so that we can be more affective witnesses for Christ and of the gospel today.
Conclusion: So, how important is being a witness to you? What are you willing to change in your life so that you can be more effective as a witness? What are you willing to deal with so that the power of God may rest upon you? The hour is late and the time to tell the world Jesus saves is now! (Jn 9:4). This is the most important thing!