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Sermons from August 2017

Earnest Prayer

In the study of Acts 12, we see how earnest prayer is made for Peter when he was imprisoned by Herod. Throughout this story, we can start to see more clearly God’s purpose in prayer. Prayer is a way for us to make our desires known to God, and to trust that He will answer it accordingly to His will, which as believers, is in our best interest. When we pray to God for something, we are relying on Him to work, and teaching us to be dependent on Him.

As Martin Lloyd says, “To say it requires prayer is to say that it requires the direct intervention of God.” Growth in our lives depends on God’s work, and that requires prayer.

Though He Slay Me

We now turn to Acts 12 and ponder what happened to both James, the brother of John and Peter. Why was it that James was killed by Herod, but Peter spared and then later rescued? We can know for certain that whatever the outcome may be, even when things don’t make sense, we can know for certain that all things happen to maximize the glory of God. When facing trials, we can ask ourselves “What can I learn from this trial?”, but most importantly we should additionally ask “How can I conduct myself in this trial in the way that brings God the most glory?”

A Ministry of Encouragement

We continue reading on in Acts 11 and get to see what was happening at the church in Antioch as people there turned to the Lord. We see that the hand of the Lord was with those at Antioch and that their salvation was based on his work in those people which brought forth faith and repentance. In his time in Antioch, we can learn from the rights and wrongs that he did there like separating himself from the Gentiles (Galatians 2:13). However, we also see that God’s’ people need encouraging, and that Barnabas’ delight in other believers and commendation is an important part of how we build up the body of Christ.

God Commissions Joshua

In Tim’s mini-series on Joshua 1, we see God’s faithfulness to Joshua and the Israelites as He commissioned Joshua to take charge and lead the Israelites into the Promise Land. God continually told Joshua to be strong and courageous and in obeying the law Moses brought, he would have good success. From this, we see that we can trust in God and His word and that we have nothing to fear if we are in Him.