In this teaching, we pick up in Acts 3:9-26 to discuss how we respond to the work of Jesus in our broken lives. Is Jesus worth following or is his message repulsive?
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They do put a lot of work and time and energy into making sure that we have, we have a worship experience that is conducive to formation into the way of Jesus. They care about the theology of what they seem to care about the song selection.
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And I thought about I do.
Kind of like man, am I the only person that can go to next code for a week. Sit on a beach and not get any darker. I still I had a farmer stand before I left. I still have a farmers 10 I
don’t even know how that’s possible.
Heaven just said a minute ago. You really needed that my son and Christine Christine is my wife Christy. She lovingly said, you just don’t know how why he was.
really appreciate the encouragement.
So very edified. Fantastic. Yeah. Anyway if you have your Bibles go ahead and jump to Acts chapter three page 1117 at the Bible’s at your table. Acts chapter three we are picking up where Nels left off last week of now. Where are you? Thank you. Let’s hear it one more time from No no no. allowed us to do to do what we did last week by him stepping in and teaching And so I really appreciate that sounds like it was great. And I’m we’re going to pick up right where you left off. If you’re joining us for the first time we are journey through the book of Acts, and we are taking a look at how the early church and the life of the church forms us today as a church. And one of the important things as you’re turning to Acts three to know about, basically the entire book of Acts isn’t that’s important. And it’s interesting is that Luke uses a rhetorical device, irony and contrast, all throughout the book of Acts, and he does this to show us the vast difference between the ways of Jesus and the ways of the world. There is a stark contrast. And you see this all throughout the book of Acts, and we saw creep in starting in Acts chapter three. Where you begin with this contrast with this irony you have this crippled man without a name, sitting by a gate that does have a name. And this game is called beautiful. So you have this contrast between a cripple with no name A gate that is highly esteemed, something’s off there. But not only that, you have all these people going into the temple into this building to worship and give sacrifice to God. But they seem to have not cared about the people who are outside of those four walls. So there’s one side but then the other side is you have these Christians who don’t own a building who are know who are in poverty, giving everything they have to make sure that people are taking care of the stark contrast is people who have a building but give nothing and people who have no building and give everything is contracts are important. And when we ask we’re walking through actually have to ask ourselves, are these the things that we see in our church today? Do we see that contrast between the ways of Jesus and the ways of the world and in fact, one of the most amazing things about acts three that knows touched on last week was Peter and john come up to this guy and say, silver and gold, I hadn’t have So there’s a contrast again, look at this silver and gold I have not what I do have I’ll give to you. They have nothing to give, yet they have everything to give.
This is life in the kingdom.
And Luke wants us to focus on these contrast these ironies as we’re reading through the text. And so keep an eye out for that as we continue to read through acts three, we’re going to pick up in verse nine, read all the way through 26. And then we will pray and jump into it. Starting in verse nine, and all the people saw him walking and praising God, this is the critical man that has been made well, by the name and faith in Jesus, who’s been paralyzed for his whole life. He’s 40 years old, as they found out later, and all the people saw him walking and praising God and recognized him as the one who set at the beautiful gate of the temple, asking for arms and they were all filled with wonder and amazement. I wouldn’t happen to him and while he planned to Peter JOHN, all the people utterly astounded ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s. And when Peter saw it, he addressed the people the word there is actually he responded. He sees the opportunity of the people. Men of Israel, Why do you stare at us as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk. The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of pilot when he had decided to release them, but you denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you talking about a rabbit and you killed the author of life. You see, the contrast the paradox, you killed the author of life, whom God raised from the dead from the dead. To this we are witnesses and his name by faith in his name, how made this man strong, who you see and know. And the faith that is through Jesus has given this man perfect health and the presence of you all. And now brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance as also did you rulers, but what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he does fulfill. Repent, therefore, in turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all things about which God spoke by the mouth of all of his prophets long ago, Moses said, The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me, from your brothers, you shall listen to him and whatever he tells you, and it’s and it shall be that every soul who does not listen to the prophet shall be destroyed from the people on language, and all the prophets who have spoken from sin and also Those who came from him also proclaim these days. You are the sons of the prophets and the covenant that God made with your father’s saying, Abraham, same to Abraham, and then your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. God having raised up his servants sent him to you first to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness. Let’s pray. Father, we thank you for your word. Help us be attentive and in tune with your word this morning Holy Spirit, we ask that you would speak to our hearts you would soften our hearts. enlighten us this morning from your word. Help us become more like Jesus as individuals and as a church help us reflect the grace and compassion of Jesus to each other. And to those outside of the church. Jesus name we pray. Amen. I’m not unaware that when we read this text, we come across a lot of religious words that sound old, outdated, confusing. They’re just lost on us. Because of the cultural context you live in because of how far apart we are from the original context in which this was spoken. I didn’t grow up in the church. And so when I hear words like repents, when I hear words like the righteous with the holy my, my proclivities, we’re gonna like what? No, no, thanks. No thanks. I just sounds too legalistic, it sounds too harsh, and it’s just destroyed from the people we read. These are intense words, my hope this morning is that if these words seem kind of challenging to you hang in there with me. My hope is that we can kind of explain some of these things to help them make sense in our own culture and in our own time in a way that’s faithful to the text. I’m not, I’m not ignorant to the fact that some of us in here have not been in the church in a while or have been able to touch the Bible maybe or have grown up in the church. So hang in there and walk through this text with us. Don’t check out because I think you’ll find that it’s quite refreshing what these things are teaching
And so the way I wanted to move through this, the rest of this narrative is to frame it in the way that things are simply unexpected. We’re going to talk about how that what this text reveals about the unexpected Jesus the unexpected, an unexpected reversal and an unexpected response results sorry. In the 17th century, a wonder of history
occurred from Venice.
As an all female group of musicians led by the famous the dolly captured the world by their instrumental music. You may know of this guy, you may not but if you heard some of the tunes, you
would automatically say I know that one of them goes
you guys know that one? Yeah, I was very impressive, wasn’t it. This has been the Ollie and he is He has made a mark on music history, music theory instrumentation. remarkable, remarkable. And so out of Venice came this instrumental wonder that was of all of these female musicians. I was led by the dolly. Now these women, they played all sorts of instruments even created their own instruments and music historians look back and they don’t even know what some of these things that they were playing really are. But each of them can transition to another without missing a beat or a note. They were so remarkable one because women didn’t do this in this culture, and to he’s queens, princes, government officials, famous people, philosophers, they all demanded an audience but then they wanted to be with them. They wanted to hear them the music was incredibly beautiful, unheard of. In fact, some of them said that this was the defining moment in musical history that would set the trajectory of what we know as music today. Now, these women, they were called $1 of the choir, and there was a handful of them and they would play for hours and audience, the audience would be left and all. In fact, during a particular battle during a war, they were called to come play in a particular place in hopes that it would please God and give them favor. And one one author says that their instruments had more of an impact from noise in the sounds of cannons
Interesting thing about this group of women though
no one could see them.
There was a when they would perform there was a
thin curtain placed in front of them, so no one could see them. And in the back behind him, there was a light that lit up, provide a silhouette of what you would see. You could hear the beauty but you couldn’t see it.
You could feel
the sound, you had no place of origin for it. This bothered a lot of people including the famous philosopher john Jacques Rousseau. How many people realize that research himself was a devout musician. And when he was so burdened by the fact that he couldn’t see those who have these angels, he called them and we’re playing this beautiful music he demanded that he get to meet them and because of his status, he was able to he was blown away by the beauty of the music, the burden by the fact he couldn’t see these angelic ladies who play these instruments. But when he finally did,
he was shocked when he saw
the angels look nothing like the music that they play. One he described one woman he described as Horde. Somewhere middle aged and missing limbs, fingers and feet. The others were hard to look out because of skin diseases and other elements that have taken them. You see these women, they had a rough life because most of them were abandoned at an orphanage called the Piazza. And this orphanage is where they actually learned the trade. This is where the Donny and this is where he went to We’re sorry, the dollar sorry, the body goodness can get his name right evolving. This is where he went.
And trained musicians.
He chose this this place.
What the dolly did
As he trained these women, they produce the most beautiful sounds and noises ever heard. And they had no last name because they were dropped off in orphanages, kids, some of them would grow up their whole life in this place and play music and then go back. So because they didn’t have a last name what they did was they attached the musical instrument as they’re shooting.
One of the most famous ones was Anna Maria violin.
The identity became attached to the beautiful music that they made. I don’t know how Russo really felt that he was being demeaning or simply descriptive, but one woman, one woman a problem. minutes demanded to see the ladies as well. When she did, she laughed. And this is a leap because she could no longer listen to or watch the show. Because now, she saw the brokenness
that gave the beauty and found it repulsive.
When she saw the ladies, she became no longer interested in because she saw
only wants beauty and wants to hide brokenness. Our world only wants what we can give and often doesn’t reciprocate the sacrifices that we put into it. Many of us can identify with them. And sometimes the true source of brokenness becoming beautiful is very shocking and it leaves us and all
and this is what I feel like it’s happening in Acts three.
Is that Peter is revealing the curtain behind the the beauty
of this man being made whole
People onlookers are left and all they have no idea
what’s going on. In fact, a contrast, the ones
paralyzed man who is now leaping around,
has now paralyzed the crowd
their speech was in the don’t know what to do or say.
They want to know where is this beauty coming from remove the curtain. And what you’ll find in this narrative is that some find it repulsive.
And others find it refreshing.
And so we have to ask ourselves when this curtain is removed, when we talk about broken is being made beautiful and then we see Jesus or we repost or does the brokenness, the broken ministry of Jesus, the weakness of Jesus actually amplify the beauty because there were multiple ways of looking at the beautiful women
of this choir.
Their weakness, amplify the beauty
Some thought it did others weren’t repulsed by it. The question is, how do we see it? Do we find the weakness so repulsive that we can’t see the beauty in and through it? Or do we find the former weakness amplifies the beauty? And so as Peter pulls the curtain back, what do we see? What do we see? He says, an x three and starting in verse starting in verse 12. And when Peter saw the interest that people men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or Why do you stare at us, though we did this through our own power and piety, the first thing Peter does, and he says, Don’t look at us, there is nothing that we could have done to conjure up this miracle. There is nothing we could have done to make this paralyzed man walk. There’s nothing we could have done. Why are you looking at us? Let me pull back the curtain and show you who is really behind this. And keep in mind, none of the people in this context would be thinking about being Jesus. Why? Because just days before Jesus had been crucified by these people, they thought he was Dead they thought he was in the ground, they thought they would never hear from him again. And so, Peter pulling back the curtain. Let me give you the source of the beauty that is behind making brokenness into wholeness.
How do you wonder and stare?
You notice what he automatically does to
our Do you wonder at this another contrast and paradox. These people are leaving the hour of prayer. They have just been in prayer for quite some time. And Peter saying you’re going in there praying but coming out not expecting
Why do you wonder at this, what they do when they’re praying about he’s challenging the ritualistic nature of their religion. They were in there asking for God to move. Little did they know if they had just been with Jesus they would have seen him move. He challenges their piety He says it’s not about our piety. There’s nothing we can do to conjure up healing and the power and presence of God. I know ministries and spiritual methodology that try to do that was our biblical there’s nothing we can do except just be dependent, unexpected and prayerful for God knows what Peter does. Peter sits the direct just their direction, immediately he redirects, they’re all there in all, he says, You’re looking in the wrong place. Don’t look at the man who the miracles be done. Don’t look at the miracle, what’s behind the curtain?
Who is this?
And finally, he says, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, the God of God, the God of our fathers glorified his servant. They’re thinking, Oh my gosh, because this is a formulaic saying, where the original audience would have said, Oh my gosh, our God did this. That means the Messiah is here. Where is he? Show me To us, we’ve been waiting on him. We’ve been waiting for him. That’s what this formula means this phrase, the god of this person, that person, this person, that person. He’s saying everything you’ve been looking for, did this. He glorified his servant and like Where is his servant? He says, Jesus,
We thought he was dead.
Peter immediately redirects that attention to Jesus is not miracle centered, is not experience centered, is Christ centered. Let me reveal to you, Jesus. A miracle means nothing without the person behind it.
This is shocking.
These are the people who just nailed into a cross and here these guys are obviously doing something. Notice no one’s refuting the miracle in the text. We have non believers in the first and second centuries, non Christians writing about the strange mystical things that are happening with this group called Christians. No one’s denying that miraculous things were happening or offended by the source.
What do you mean Jesus? What this means is that Jesus’s ministry is going to seriously continuing.
What does it say about this? Jesus? He’s God’s
Oh, yes, sir, serving.
The Unexpected Jesus is that his power come from his position of servant food. And there’s echoes of Isaiah 5213 through 5312. We’re going to read that I want you to see this as a commentary on what it means that Jesus is God’s servant. This was written about 700 years before Jesus hit the face of the earth. So listen to this. See my servant will prosper he will be highly exalted. Oh sounds like good news, but many were amazed when they saw him His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man
clicking through there
and he will start on many nations keys will stand speech listen his presence for they will see what they had not been told they will understand what they had not heard about who has believed our message to who has the Lord revealed his
My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root and dry ground there was nothing beautiful or majestic about him. About his appearance nothing surprising He was despised and rejected a man of sorrows acquainted with the deepest grief. We turned our backs on him looked the other way He was despised and we did not care.
it was our weakness he carried. It was our sorrows that weighed him down and we thought his troubles were punishment from God a punishment for his own
But he was pierced for our rebellion crushed for our sins, he was beaten so that we could be wholly was whipped so we could be healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, we have left God’s path to follow our own, that the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.
He was oppressed,
and then treated harshly. If he never said a word, he was led like a lamb to slaughter and his sheep silent before the shears and he did not open his mouth. unjustly condemned, he was led away no one cared that he died without this without the sin that said that his life was cut short midstream, but he was struck down from the rebellion of my people. He had done no wrong he had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal. He was put in a rich man’s grave. But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause of grief. Yet when his life has made an offering for sin, He will have many descendants he will enjoy a long life and his Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied and became because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted as righteous for he will bear their sins and lastly, I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier because he exposed himself to death. The contrast there, he was counted among the rebels, he bore the sins of many interesting different rebels. So a lot of language that we don’t have time to unpack, but what I want you to see
is the suffering
servant nature of Jesus.
his weakness provides the content Thanks for God’s beauty to break through our lives
as a repulsive or attractive
Jesus himself and said, I come to serve not to be served. And this is unexpected and attractive because our world thrives on power. But to say that weakness and humility creates power it boggles our minds and confounds us We are deeply attracted to power in every realm of life.
Holy my kids Pokemon cards
as some of you guys know that code is a Pokemon addict and dealer in recovery. And let me just listen to this Listen, listen to some of his like favorite I get totally Give me his favorite Pokemon card. Listen to their descriptions. charts are raging destruction. Blast towards the rapid spin
Morphosis the extra volts
a psychic transfer,
There I’ve looked through most of the Pokemon cards I’ve had of Pokemon cards and I was little. There’s not like a
a patient, right?
The week legally.
There is no attractiveness to weakness and our world not. So we hear that Jesus our Lord and Savior is a suffering servant. These people would have been deeply offended. When he says this God glorified his servant. they mocked him g God magnified him and says that he’s the host righteous one. What does this mean? These are adjectives, but they’re also titles. Again, some of this language is foreign language a little bit as holy and righteous. What is holy actually mean? Holy simply means to be set apart to be unique for a particular purpose. It is an ethical and purposeful and influential role and designation and righteousness and we’re talking about God’s righteousness and human rights as it has more to do with his innocence, and has more to do with his innocence, which is which is done how how did Jesus do this to complete obedience and do complete abstinence of sin? That’s how he was right until he was innocent. So he’s the holy and the righteous one. These words are lost on us. So I think a couple of people out was make sense of it. One guy named j i Packer, this is how he defines is how he how he defines holiness. It’s really good. He says, it appears that Christian holiness is a number of things together. It has both outward and inward aspects. holiness is a matter of both of action and motivation, conduct and character divine greetings. human effort, obedience and creativity, submission and initiative, consecration to God and commitment to people self discipline and self giving righteousness and love. It is a matter of seeking to imitate Jesus his way of behaving, though depending on Jesus or deliverance from the carnal self absorption and discernment of spiritual needs and possibilities. In other words, holiness is about becoming like Jesus.
That’s what it means.
And so what’s happened in the church is we’ve either swung the pendulum to legalism or free license, trying to make sense of this holiness, everything goes and nothing goes at all. Another guy named Michael green. He says this about it. He says the early Christians managed to maintain a relaxed attitude that was clear on the freedom we have in Christ. It was equally clear on self denial that was necessary in fellowship across the board with God and with others was to be maintained. A modern church needs to discover how it can lay stress on holiness of life without relaxing legalism. The early church managed to discover the wise balance between legalism and license. And they found it in the principle of seeking to please Christ, and to submit every doubtful practice to His Lordship. holiness is seeking to become more like Jesus. So when that word holiness kind of confounds you just think it’s about becoming like Jesus. In fact, we’re told multiple times in the New Testament that we are. To be holy as God is holy doesn’t mean perfect. It means to be set apart to be unique
and available for God’s purposes.
They’re saying you killed
the servant, you killed his holy, righteous when you denied Him and you killed the author of life. You killed the very one who you’ve been begging God to give you to bring you wholeness because he didn’t meet our expectations.
And his ministry was unattractive.
This is a challenge for us to make make us think a little bit what are our expectations of Jesus? Because oftentimes a lot of our frustration with God comes from a misunderstanding of God all of our frustration with Jesus comes from a miss expectation of God and Jesus we think he’s here to fulfill our will our agenda when things go south we think it’s his fault. So this is what happened when the curtain is removed. This guilt was
laid upon this these people
what is it for that what is all this you kill the author of life you you denied the
servants you know why this is
why we said why was an attractive because we’re not attractive we weakness. You know why this is a track. This is attractive to us though.
Because when you sit with people
who are wise and humble, calm and a culture of nx
consistent in the midst of suffering,
it is profoundly attractive.
I don’t think anybody in here raises their hand and go, you know what I’m like, I’m like some more tanks today. Please God, just download that into my system. I love that.
we all crave peace.
we all crave not to be the type of people that fly off the handle. And then we have to apologize to 15 different people because we can’t hold our
or togetherness, the things that Jesus embodies, we crave that that’s why it’s profoundly attractive because people see the weakness of Jesus and the strength that came from and go.
But we have here now the unexpected reversal, the sermon that put the weight of Jesus’s death all these people, it was all for grace. Listen to how he had How would you accept this you Did this you did this you did this. You’d expect Now get out of my face? No, he says, You didn’t know what you were doing. This is not an insult when he says you were ignorant, this is not an insult. This is an empathetic awareness of Peter. You didn’t know how do we know this Jesus from the cross, Father forgive them for they know not what they do.
Who didn’t know
immediately when telling them what’s what’s wrong, he moves
it availability and the access for grace.
know. But all the time God was using your ignorance God was using your absent mindedness, your rejection of Jesus to bring about the salvation that you crave the wholeness that you crave That’s how that’s how God works. He takes those ugly, broken moments and fashion
beauty out of them.
He says you didn’t know but God is working through this as a whole time as you nailed Him to the cross, he was saving your soul. You didn’t know. So what do you tell us to do? He says, repent and turn back more sounding religious language, but this is what it means. Repentance simply means to change one’s mind to change one’s frame of mind, and to turn back needs to move a different direction. It’s a reversal of the way in which we were going into the paradox of our own faith. It saying look, this is what I’m this is what I what I once was doing, but now I’m going
What do we do you simply receive the grace that God has given and we turn away from what has been weighing us down. I’m convinced that many of us in this room this morning walked in with anger, despair, frustration. loneliness, feeling like a failure in life, not knowing what to do, where we’re going, not knowing how to reconcile with friends or family and you crave at the core of who you are a sense of peace.
The only avenue for that the first thing I would ask you
is how is everything that you’re doing working out for you?
wrestle with that, and then come back and ask the question, could it be possible that Jesus is actually the avenue for my wholeness and security and salvation?
That’s what repentance is. It’s not some street sign
condemning people. It’s an invitation to what
have guilt, the shame, wiped away blotted out, as it says here in the text. These are people who thought that their heritage and their laws could get them to God is saying no the Biggest miracle that takes places that you have access to God through Jesus. He’s not mentioning all the miracles that just took place, is removing the curtain and saying, move beyond the miracle to the one who is capable. And what is this unexpected result? Says times of refreshing
the image in Scripture of refreshing as
about rest in peace, even in the midst of conflict. Suffering isn’t struggle, guys. We’ve said this a lot of the table. Our group here is not unaware of suffering. Any table you sit on, I guarantee you people have gone through some junk at the table.
In fact, our church was founded with a lot of
broken people trying to figure out how to do this stuff.
This text is not promise healing, if you just declare the name of Jesus,
to some churches teach that that’s not biblical.
It’s just simply not it says faith in his name, his name And faith in his name.
This is not a promise to give healing if you just simply
asked for. We know that there are people in Scripture who use the name of Jesus and they lose. And guess how that happens. In the book of Acts, there’s a group of guys who try to invoke the name of Jesus, and they get their butts kicked. They leave a fight naked, I’m sorry, there’s if you walk away from a fight naked, you’ve lost.
I don’t care how you spend it.
You can’t say look at the other guy. At that point.
These guys invoke the name of Jesus and they lost.
What this is saying is the power and authority resides in
The power and authority resides in Jesus. And there’s a cooperation between our faith and his word. And faith doesn’t always produce the healing that we would long for. But God promises to give us what we need when we need how we needed
to walk through whatever is We’re going through,
there was just too much of a miracle, in my opinion and those who suffer and don’t get the healing but stay faithful as the people who get healed. The church has celebrated healing we do we do here, we believe that God heals. We’ve seen it in the last month and a half gone healing several people different things. But again, we’re not ignorant to the fact that sometimes the most amazing things are the people to go through hell and back and come out on
the other side faithfully.
That’s just as much of a testimony
to God’s faithfulness
and power, and authority.
And that’s why Peter mentioned the restoration of all things that will happen in the future,
talking to my father in law this week, and
he said, Amen, we’re having this conversation about the nature of hope, is a hospice chaplain. So he’s being with people on a daily basis who are taking their last breath. He’s guiding them, helping them and does make sense of things. And when they ask questions about his faith, he gets the opportunity to share and he’s seen a lot of amazing things happen in those situations.
But he and I were talking a lot of times
when you’re with somebody, and I’ve seen this to be true as well. I’ve been with people who die who don’t know Jesus or who don’t have faith in Christ. Many times I’m all the time that many times, though, there’s a dramatic difference in the way people who don’t have faith die, and the way that people who have faith die.
Kind of a morbid thought.
But it’s true. Not always, but a lot of times, there is a sense of rest and comfort, knowing that they’re going to be with Jesus. And then with some of the people that I’ve sat with who don’t know Jesus, there’s this sense of Hanks and despair. Not always. But this is because of that hope that Peter is talking about here. If we don’t find what we’re looking for on this side of heaven, we certainly get to the next The hope that Jesus brings. So what does this mean for us? What can we do with this Texas Tech was given to a Jewish audience who have rejected Jesus put them on the cross. But what do we do with this?
I just want to give three basic principles.
I want to encourage you to evaluate your on
evaluate the direction of your
heater immediately redirected the audience towards Jesus. And the question I want to ask is, what is driving your all and your nx? When we ask that question, we often find out what really is keeping us from walking closely with Jesus. What brings you the if I have it, I’m all excited about losing I have like I have nothing. Peter would encourage us to redirect our all towards Jesus. In fact, Paul David Tripp, he has a book called all recommended, he says Every awesome thing and creation is designed to point you to the one who alone is worthy of capturing and controlling the all of your searching and hungry heart. The sign is not the thing you were looking for know the sign points you to what you were looking for. So you can’t stop at the sign, or will never deliver what the thing it was pointing to will deliver. created all has a purpose. It is meant to point you to the place where all of your heart should rest. In Jesus as the first thing. The second thing is be observant and intentional
about leveraging moments to share the gospel.
Peter saw a moment and he sees that. And now the way we do this, though, is important. sharing the gospel looks different from situation to situation. But when a worldview has been disrupted like we see here, when somebody’s belief system has been shattered. Usually there’s a good opportunity to ask some good questions about faith and life, the intersection of those two things. For example, you have to be mindful of your audience when you’re doing this. Do you think the person who just lost a child, you should take them to x three and say you killed the author of life? No, no, you see, the gospel is beautiful because it’s an unfolding story. And what happens is there’s so many chapters in the Gospel story that you can pull and apply the various points of the gospel to particular individuals where they are.
A grieving person, for example, doesn’t need to be
read this, they need the gospel that talks about the patient, the love, the comfort, the grace of God. They need people not necessarily speaking all the time they need people embodying the gospel and being present.
And as opportunities come, we share
and what about the doctors that are dumbfounded when they said you have two weeks to live and all of a sudden they’re completely healed. How many of you guys have heard stories like that? Most people in the room have heard us Story of the dramatic killing the doctors on what the heck. When a worldview is disrupted, maybe that’s a good space to share. But here’s the problem if we’re not intentional and observing and waiting for God, and looking for those moments will not be effective, we will not be effective. And the last thing I’ve encouraged us from this text is to be empathetic and understanding wherever wherever people are, without compromising
the truth of Scripture.
Peter shows us how to be empathetic, he says, I understand. I think the greatest challenge for Christians today is to not grow cold, cynical and even more critical
of our society.
I met a man in Bozeman not too long ago who had never touched a Bible.
And that’s an increasing
thing that’s happening. People are not stepping into churches, they’re not picking up Bibles. So
in this text, we can take this and
go. I understand
that you’re not aware and so what most people get is a very offset misrepresentation of Christianity, through media or through the churches failures that are highlighted.
And we are empathetic and aware
of what’s going on.
With people we are far better more equipped to reach them.
That’s what I would tell you be evaluating all be observant
and be empathetic and there’s a strong language here.
we have to turn to God, the Word destroyed in this text they will be destroyed from the people.
The word actually means uprooted.
Things uprooted mean, you’re going to find yourself in isolation away
from life and vitality. You’ll find yourself repeatedly let down if you’re not rooted
And so if you’re far from God, I would encourage you just take that idea of repentance and just a time.
God help me change the way I think about life and
faith. I want to follow you faithfully I want to you say that you bring refreshing for please.
God takes these broken moments and he makes it beautiful.
And so as his curtains peeled back, is Jesus repulsive? Or is he attractive? Is he drawing you in? Or do you find yourself going? No. Because here’s the challenge is that we are all called to be like Christ. And the culture likes to be served. The culture likes to elevate ourselves. It says know Humble yourself, weakness, service. These are the ways in which true power is found the way to Jesus, his servant hood, holiness and living into the story that the author of life is writing. And then let’s pray. Father, we thank you for your word. That’ll be just a few moments of conversation. Would you please be with us?
God just give us
a taste of who you are as we talk with one another in Jesus name. And then
if you’re not on a full table, you’ve been filling up Frankenstein
stay right where you are. We don’t have
a lot of time.
On the paper, I’ll probably just pick one
or two of those questions just kind of briefly talk about and if you want to hang out after service, we can do that as well. And we’ll come back up and take communion here in just a second.
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