Sep 16, 2018
Overcoming Opposition To The Mission
Where do we find the strength to persevere in the mission to which Christ has called us, especially when the opposition gets fierce?
 
In Acts 4:23-31, we see how the early believers prayed when they were faced with opposition. After Peter and John reported the threats of the Jewish leaders to their fellow believers, they immediately went to the Lord in prayer. Their prayer focused first on divine sovereignty. Then, their requests focused on remaining faithful to the mission. God answered their prayer.
 
When you're facing opposition to the gospel mission, whether from outside or inside the church, pray to remain faithful to the mission. Pray first, pray together, and pray with all your heart. Remember, God is in control. Don't get confused about the mission. Ask God to do what only He can do.
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  • Sep 16, 2018Overcoming Opposition To The Mission
    Sep 16, 2018
    Overcoming Opposition To The Mission
    Where do we find the strength to persevere in the mission to which Christ has called us, especially when the opposition gets fierce?
     
    In Acts 4:23-31, we see how the early believers prayed when they were faced with opposition. After Peter and John reported the threats of the Jewish leaders to their fellow believers, they immediately went to the Lord in prayer. Their prayer focused first on divine sovereignty. Then, their requests focused on remaining faithful to the mission. God answered their prayer.
     
    When you're facing opposition to the gospel mission, whether from outside or inside the church, pray to remain faithful to the mission. Pray first, pray together, and pray with all your heart. Remember, God is in control. Don't get confused about the mission. Ask God to do what only He can do.
  • Aug 26, 2018Looking For Your Place In This World
    Aug 26, 2018
    Looking For Your Place In This World
    It’s inevitable that as we go through life in this world we begin to ask big questions like, “Why am I here? Where is this all going? What role am I supposed to play? Does it even really matter?” Some people go through life never finding answers to those questions. It can become depressing, overwhelming, and even paralyzing as we wrestle with trying to discover our place in this world.
     
    In Acts 3:11-26, Peter addressed a group of Israelites whose core identity was rooted in knowing their place as God’s chosen people. However, in spite of all the covenants, promises, and warnings they received from the Lord, they still missed Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah. As such, they were in danger of being cut off from God’s people. So, Peter called them to turn to Jesus to find their place once again. In essence, Peter declared to them that their place among God’s people begins and ends with Jesus.
     
    While most people in the world today are not ethnically Jewish, the core of Peter’s message still rings true for every one of us, that is, your place in this world begins and ends with Jesus. So, turn to Jesus to find forgiveness of sin. Turn to Jesus to find refreshing for your soul. Turn to Jesus to find hope for the future.
  • Aug 19, 2018Responding To People’s Needs
    Aug 19, 2018
    Responding To People’s Needs
    The human world is a rough place precisely because all the people are there. People are complicated, messy, needy, with physical, financial, relational, and spiritual needs. You may want to help, but what can you do? Can you really make a difference? The world is such a mess. Wouldn’t it be easier to insulate yourself ?
     
    In Acts 3:1-10, Peter and John responded to a man's need with compassion. They encountered a man who was lame begging at the Temple. They engaged him in relationship. Then, Jesus healed the man through them. As a result of the man's response, the stage was set for the gospel.
     
    Respond to people's needs with sincere and tangible acts of compassion. Get out where the people are. See people first, not just needs. Address the tangible need while pointing them to Jesus. Sometime, the Lord will ignite a chain reaction.