Part I: The Gospel visible in unity . Acts 1-2.
Prayer to the Father
Immediate needs - They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. Acts 1:14
Past problems - Peter said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, . . . Acts 1:16
Future promises - Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:4
Power of the Spirit
One group - When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Acts 2:1
One place - When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Acts 2:1
One Spirit - All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:4
One language - All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:4
Preaching the Son
One story - Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you. Acts 2:14
One savior - Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah. Acts 2:36
One message - But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. Acts 2:24
One response - Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
One warning - With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation. Acts 2:40
One day: 3,000 changed lives - Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. Acts 2:41
God’s Message for the Church
Pray for God’s guidance, which leads to unity
Seek unity, not division, in the Body of Christ
Unity in message: one story, one message, one savior
Be transformed, and transform your world
Part II: The Gospel that Inspires Us to Stand. Acts 3
a. As a lifestyle - Acts 3:1 "One day Peter and Johnwere going up to the templeat the time of prayer."
b. In good times and bad - Acts 2:47 "praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
a. The man who was healed - Acts 3:2 "Now a man who was lame from birthwas being carried to the temple"
b. The ones called to heal - Acts 3:4 " Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!”
c. The power of God displayed - Acts 3:7 "instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong"
d. Awe and amazement - Acts 3:10 "The people were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him."
III. Proclamation of Our Story
a. Messiah came
b. Messiah died
c. Messiah raised from the dead
d. Messiah still working miracles in our community
e. Anyone can join our community if they repent
f. Messiah will return one day for his community
a. Disturbed “peace” - Acts 4:2 " They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead."
b. Put in jail - Acts 4:3 "They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day"
a. Growth in community - Acts 4:4 "But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.
b. Growth in Peter - Acts 4:8 "Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them."
What should we do?
The Gospel inspires us to pray always.
The Gospel inspires us be prepared daily for our mission.
The Gospel inspires Praise and Joy!
The Gospel inspires us to stand up!
The Gospel Pt III: The Gospel in a purified community Acts 4-5
a. The Christian community prays together
Acts 4:24 they raised their voices together in prayer to God.
b. God’s sovereignty
Acts 4:24 “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.”
c. Prayer for boldness
Acts 4:29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness
d. Prayer for signs
Acts 4:30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.
II. The character of the church
a. Filled with Spirit
Acts 4:31 31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.
Acts 4:31 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Acts 4:32 All the believers were one in heart and mind.
Acts 4:32-33 No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all
III. A sign of purification: preparation
a. An intentional deception
Acts 5:2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
b. God’s protection of his people
Acts 5:3 how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit
c. The “fear” of the people
Acts 5:5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who
d. heard what had happened.
Acts 5:11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events
Acts 5:13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people.
IV. The reality of persecution
a. An attempt to silence the Gospel
Acts 5:40 They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
b. Rejoicing in suffering
Acts 5:41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.
V. Progress for the church
a. Character increases
Acts 5:42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.
b. Disciples increase
Acts 6:1. In those days when the number of disciples was increasing,
The Gospel Pt IV: Gospel Visible in Suffering
Acts 5:33-39; 6:8-15; 7:54-8:3
The Church Persecuted
Acts 2:13 Some made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
Acts 4:7. By what power do you do these things?
Acts 4:17. We must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name.
Acts 5:17-18 Filled with jealousy, they arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.
Acts 5:40. They had them flogged. They were ordered never to speak in Jesus’ name again.
Acts 7:58 They dragged Stephen out of the city and began to stone him.
The Church Grows
Acts 2:47 The Lord added to their number daily
Acts 4:4. The number of men grew to about 5,000
Acts 6:1. In those days, when the number of disciples was increasing
The Reason for Persecution
Acts 5:17 The members of the Sadducees were filled with jealousy
Acts 4:2 They were greatly disturbed
III. Religious pride
Acts 4:13. When they saw that they were ordinary, unschooled men
IV. Fear of political rebellion
Acts 4:17 To keep this from spreading among the people
Acts 5:38 If there purpose is of human origin, it will fail
V. Unable to control this movement
Why was there growth in the midst of persecution?
I. Power of the Spirit and The plan of God for growing his church
II. Open about their faith
III. Clear with their message
IV. Christ-like in their faith
Publically lived the truth, even when under pressure
Willing to die for faith
Full of forgiveness
Living in the Spirit
V. Focus on Jesus himself
Did not respond as enemies expected
Comforted by the Divine, not the temporary