July 01, 2018 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1850
#6 in series
Standing Firm Regardless of the Cost
Last week we looked at how we should respond to opposition. In following the example of Peter and John in Acts 4, we learn to be submissive, filled with the Spirit, unapologetic, obedient to God, strengthened in the body of Christ, grateful, and bold. While the Holy Spirit gives courage to believers in times of difficulty, He also brings conviction to the lost through the same circumstances. We must be bold because Jesus is the only one who has ever solved the sin and death problem. We have a powerful message to share!
For further study, this series is available on the Sherwood app or online at sherwoodbaptist.net/bookstore/products/kingdom-proclamation-series/634/.
As the church grows, persecution begins to grow. The enemy will not go down without a fight. When you read Acts 4 and 5, you see three “greats”…
• Great Power
• Great Grace
• Great Fear
The great fear came with the sudden death of Ananias and Sapphira lying in church about their giving. Why such a serious response? It wasn’t like they hadn’t done anything for the church. The reason was their hypocrisy.
I. THE KEYS TO STANDING FIRM
When you pray for the lost, pray three things:
1) They will see __.
2) They will see Christ as __ __.
3) They will __.
II. THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL
The pattern of the early church:
- We know where they met.
- We know how they met.
- We know they had power.
III. THE COST OF THE GOSPEL
A. Don’t be surprised by opposition.
B. Don’t forget your divine directive.