GO VII “GO TEAMS”
GO! VII - "GO Teams"
Act 5:12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico.
Act 5:13 None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem.
When God asked something of you there will always be risk.
When with risk there is fear. (need boldness)
Fear is overpowered by truth and love.
Truth- fear is a lie that presents itself as the truth. Truth kills lies.
Love- When the love you have for Jesus and others is more than your love of yourself and your security, then and only then will you act through he risk.
Act 5:14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women,
This is how we love others to Jesus
G - Gatherings (Churches, New and Old)
O - Overflow (Serving within our body of believers)
T - Training for jobs (Occupational mentoring and job placement)
E - EMS (Emergency services: Fire, Police, Ambulance)
A - Action oriented ministries (Ministries within our community and beyond)
M - Medical (Mental health, Physical health and their administrations)
S - Schools (Students, teachers and their administrations)
In what way will you love others to Jesus?
GO VI “All for one and one for all”
Act 4:32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul,
and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.
One problem was everyone’s problem
NO one needed a ride
No one needed money
No one needed medicine
No one needed someone to listen
Act 4:33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.
Their purpose was the Gospel
They used their influence for the Gospel and the Gospel alone
Act 4:34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold Act 4:35 and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
Proceeds went to the church (prevention giving vs. intervention giving)
Church was the pillar of the community of believers not just a meeting place.
They didn’t spend big money on buildings, programs, but on meeting the needs of the people
Their vision was similar to ours- Bring hope and change to the hopeless through the gospel
Wouldn’t this be awesome.
Christ Centered believers
GO! V - "Boldness"
GO V “Boldness”
Matt 16:18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Act 4:23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. Act 4:24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, Act 4:25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, “‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain?*
Act 4:26 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed’— Act 4:27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, Act 4:28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. Act 4:29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, Act 4:30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Act 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.*
When was the last time you prayed for boldness?
The things they realized were not about the mission. It was about the power.
- The issue was the risk
In a “Go” attitude, there is a relentless passion for furthering the kingdom through serving others and sharing the love of Jesus and His gospel.
The path is set. The power is there. Where are the people?
GO! IV “Be Confident”
GO IV - "Be Confident"
*Salesman Story. “Confident“*
If he didn't believe in what he is selling then more than likely you will not buy it.
*Acts 4:1-4 - Practice it. *
* Peter and John were proclaiming the gospel everywhere they went. They “practiced” their faith to anyone who would hear it.
* Practice make you confident
*Acts 4:5-7 - Intimidation - *Caiaphas - one of the Jewish leaders that handed Jesus over to pilot.
* Sanhedrin were like the Supreme Court and Congress all rolled into one. They had religious and, to a great degree, civil authority in Jerusalem.
*Acts 4:8-12 - Obedience - *Peter had practiced his faith by walking it out in the spirt.
* The lame beggar
*Acts 4:13* - *Boldness *Came from:
* They had been with *Jesus *
* The cripple man
* The miracle
* Remember Peter denied Christ three times and ran like a coward to keep from being arrested.
*Uneducated Common Men - *
Unlearned fisherman where the real teachers of that time.
* Acts 4:8 Peter was filled with all he needed
* Luke 12:11-12 And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
*Acts 4:19 - We must speak out! *
* Many Christians today have to be reminded to speak.
* *Persecution* - Mark 13:13 And you will be hated for all by my name sake. But the one who will endure till the end will be saved.
* *Matthew 5:10* Blessed.
* *Phil 1:6* being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus
Ephesians 6:19-20, the apostle Paul shares a startling prayer request: “Pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Twice he repeats his request, that he might speak boldly. It’s the same Greek word translated “confidence” in *Acts 4:13*
GO! III “Own it”
Act 3:11 While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s. Act 3:12 And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk?
Wow what if we could do that? Jesus is attractive.
Act 3:13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. Act 3:14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, Act 3:15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. Act 3:16 And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.
Step one: Trust in Jesus
See the sin (We see sin just not our sin)
Act 3:17 “And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.
Act 3:18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. Act 3:19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,
Act 3:20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, Act 3:21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.
Act 3:22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. Act 3:23 And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’ Act 3:24 And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. Act 3:25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’
Step two: Trust the redemption
Act 3:26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”
Step Three: Trust in the Power