Good morning MGCC! To confess our sin and remain in fellowship with God is the way to maintain the joy of our salvation. You are familiar with the scripture in Isaiah 55 where it says: Isaiah 55:7-9 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. 2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. This is not a picture of a crazy man, but rather the picture of a man who says something like: “I know that the Bible teaches that there will be a resurrection at the end time and I believe the Bible, but I’ve lived a long time, and although there may be a resurrection someday it’s for the future. Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Luke 1:37 - For nothing will be impossible with God! I came to inform you that God is about to bless you even when it’s not your season! Overtly secular in his hometown of Tarsus but also secular in Jerusalem. He still holds everything in his own hands. So at least the crowd had good since or since enough to lean on Jesus, because they were hungry for the word of the Lord. Then we arrive at the text today. Scripture: God is in Control! Introduction. Job 6:8-13, Job 6:1-12, Denomination: Paul had a bright future and that bright future was not with the persecuted Christians and he had been doing very well in Judaism. Select File Type Word Doc PDF View Sermon Online (html) Acts 9:19-22 So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Because of their obedience Jesus has taken them from empty nets, and from washing their nets and giving up to overflow. It is obvious that Saul was not deceived by the fraud of others and what he said of himself cannot be the result of his being misled, no more than to willfully fake it. The conversion of the apostle Paul, his subsequent training, and lengthy service was not a walk in the park. The apostle Paul describes, not only what he went through, but also what many other saints have had to endure. It would have taken extraordinary courage or audacity on Paul's part to witness to Damascus where his prior reputation was still known unless his conversion had been indeed completely genuine. Well, the truth is our world and our country has been through the wringer lately. Jesus generally changes the situation or changes you for the situation. Is our faith as strong as the faith of this man, this great man of Damascus? That is what I want to talk about this morning. When you used to come up short he’s about to give you overflow. At that point Barnabas and Paul became the first official missionaries of the Christian church and Paul in particular, became a model pioneer missionary as far as the records that we have. These time details teach that even the apostle Paul needed significant time for preparation. Know that you are not alone, and know that we are in the hands of God - He will provide us with strength when we need it. According to Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, the speech was not delivered near the end of Churchill's career (he died in 1965), but on October 29, 1941. Exodus 14:10-28, Denomination: 1) It’s not enough to persevere if we don’t have something to hold onto. Battle the thoughts that don’t line up with Scripture through prayer, saying Bible verses instead, and by speaking truth out loud when negativity, lies, and agreements with untruth swirl in your brain. When we don’t succeed at something, many times we do not have the courage to try again, Sent his servant away. Joshua 7:1-13, Denomination: What an impression it must have made on him. Focus Passage: Hebrews 12:1-3 Britt, Your perspective on life is amazing! Don't give up so easily, you too can do better things. neve! Do not give up praying for other people and do not give up on yourself. When they refer to a specific individual they mean the anointed One, and that is the one promised in the Old Testament as the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promises. It is an insane mindset. Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son [equating him to the prophets], whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds. In a sense that was his ministerial training. If He tells us that the Bible can be trusted, that it comes from God, that heaven and earth will pass away but the Word of God will never pass away, then we can trust the Bible. They are mentally violent and will kill people who differ with them. It may seem that it was written just for you. To suffer persecution is to be paid the greatest compliments because it is certain proof that men think that we, the saints of God, really matter. He had studied under Gamaliel. True, he had been trained along spiritual lines in his home, he knew who God was he could see that YHWH was the only God. Luke 11:5-10. Paul was searching out the Scriptures to learn about the faith more thoroughly and the bottom line is that God’s ways are not our ways and His timing is not our timing, so we need to learn to wait patiently for Him to act, preparing ourselves as Paul did for the responsibilities as kings and priests in His Kingdom. Paul and the entire crew made it safely to the shore. If you had said to Paul at this stage, “we want you to write down a doctrinal statement of what you understand about the Christian faith,” this is what I expect Paul would have included: “First, Jesus is the Son of God. 4 Ways I Sell Myself Short [Sermon Notes] As American Christ followers we too readily give up our God given birthrights. Psalm 38:20-22 Those also who render evil for good, they are my adversaries, because I follow what is good. Found inside – Page 67A short while later he moved to Chicago, where he began preaching the Gospel and witnessing to others. He was soon so thrilled to lead others to Jesus that ... Sermons A Caution Against Declension in the Ways of Practical Piety Are you dwelling on the question, “How long, O Lord!”? Counterfeit Christianity is always safe but true Christianity is always in danger. Never, never, never-never-never-never!'". • The Jordan River parted for Obviously God wanted to renew His weak servant’s strength, ( 1 Kings 19:1-9 ). I know it seems like you are the only one who cares. Found inside – Page 68She gave our granddaughter a chance to start first grade with no preconceived ... She shared short sermons (she didn't get the “short” part from me) in our ... Don't Quit in Prayer. Luke uses phrases like, “some days” in verse 19 and “after many days were past” in verse 23. If God could do that with Saul, God could do the same thing today with anyone. How many know that folks leaning on you all the time can wear you out! In Acts 9 we see him seeking out Paul when everybody else was afraid of him, listening to him, recognizing that his testimony was genuine, and then bringing him to the apostles. Things are going to be better for you. Discuss how Jesus told us to always pray and not give up. One of the primary reasons people give up is that they try things, don’t succeed, and feel like “a failure.” The truth is that we are never a failure unless we give up. 4) He returns and preaches in Damascus for a period of three years (Galatians 1:18). There was one person who was not of that belief. Sometimes church we get a little tired and when God is giving us a word for deliverance we try to remind God of what state we are in. A. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”. Saul was blinded as a result of the bright lights, so they led him into the city and while he was in the city praying, God sent a Christian leader named Ananias to him. [A new window will open and remain blank until fully loaded. If we peak back into chapter four Jesus goes through spiritual boot camp being tempted for 40 days and 40 nights. There is a particular sin that you are struggling with and you feel like you are just losing the battle against sin. Found insideThe great athletes don't quit at the first sign of discomfort or stress but keep on ... and you can't stop just because you get short of spiritual breath. Because there is One who is on our side who is so persistent, so persistent in overcoming our main problem, our struggle with ourselves. • He was the one that led the Israelites into the Promised Land. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we … Our lives are minefields of challenges that take their toll on our courage, our conviction, and even our faith. In mainstream Christianity today we are seeing a movement where they are trying to un-deify Jesus Christ into being just a man, a prophet, and in doing so introducing their humanist viewpoints and propaganda. Paul, the unknown or the hardly known, was the way he was for those ten years. Scripture: Text: Ex.14:13-28–esp. Found insideRuth's mouth dropped open, so Jos hurried up: “Last March some of the McCray brothers acted out a whole mass, telling people not to give up youknowwhat just ... Many people try to play down the Holy Ghost in traditional and modern churches, but even Jesus did not do powerful ministry until the Holy Spirit was on him. However, this need for preparation does not mean that Paul was not ready to speak for Christ. Don’t give up. Jesus must be a prophet, the last and greatest of the prophets. We’ve got to persevere in doing the right things. Church Of God, Part 4 of 4-part series called "Josh's Journey" which looked at 4 different scenes from Joshua's life. Saul was trying to stamp out Christianity in one direction while God was advancing it rapidly in the other. True he was still young in the faith and needed time to learn and that is one reason why he went to Arabia and spent three years there. Do not give up praying for other people and do not give up on yourself. 07 Jun 2015. In Acts 22:3 Luke tells us that he was diligent in his learning the Old Testament. You have started washing your nets. Saul was an outright enemy. The priest and early Christians discovered it to have been empty. At this time the disciples were born from above by the Holy Spirit marking the beginning of the New Testament church of God. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’. Yet during these unknown years God was working in his life teaching him and training him for future service. Things are about to change when you get Jesus in your boat. His excuses are often our excuses for not heeding God's voice when he calls. If it did not happen the way it is described in Acts, then Paul must have been one of three things: 1) an impostor, 2) an enthusiast, that is one who got carried away with himself; one who was virtually out of his mind or, 3) he was deceived by others. While the goal of some challenge may be important to you, it can be easy to lose sight of that goal when things get in the way. Promise Links: Galatians 6:9-10 (HCSB) So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. Found inside – Page 459And directly , I was making a short turn , sir , and snap went the tongue , right square off my wagon ; and I said : “ I'll give up and quit . The second thing he did immediately is not mentioned by Luke at all, and that is that he went to Arabia, found in Galatians 1:17. It is a dramatic story and when Paul had returned from his time and Arabia, the Jews conspired to kill him. I. ” Roger Carr says: August 10, 2018 at 8:25 pm. Somebody missed your shout! Don’t Give Up, Back Up, Or Shut Up! more, Scripture: This was an extraordinary life-changing event. Wanting to emulate Phineas, he was determined to extirpate this blight before it loomed out of control. It is a possibility that Paul was probably trying to make up for his role in Stephen’s death. Audio and Video Sermons and Christian messages. I just wonder if I have a few honest folks in here who can talk back to me, and say yes Pastor I know what you are talking about!!! The secret to “not losing heart” involves at least three important realizations. I think the best way to solve problems is to avoid them. Why am I here they don’t even like me or receive me?? Found insideI don't think he knew he was giving a testimony, 'cause nobody had remembered ... “and I don't know when I heard a better sermon and in such a short time. I just came to tell somebody this morning don’t wash your nets and don’t give up because God is about to bless you so that those who have been your ride or die are going to receive from your overflow! But the Christians in Jerusalem did not understand it and were afraid of him. Luke makes different points in each one and there is also different information in each. Found inside – Page 746 Sowing , .13 Don't Give Up , .... .47 The Works of God , 13 Never Mind , .. 47 If You Please , .14 The Pond and the Brook ,. ... 27 A Short Sermon , . It is that important. The natural man, which includes the body and the mind, is dying every day. They must have remembered that years ago there was a man who was very active in persecuting them. God's hand will be there to lift me up. Any one of us would have been terrified to go do that. Remember in his trial before the Jewish Sanhedrin and all the leaders that was part of the argument whether he was just a son of God, which they all were, or whether he was the Son of God. His education prior to his conversion was extensive, even including instruction in the fine points of Pharisaic understanding under the feet of Gamaliel, a lead rabbi of the day. Read the promise in Isaiah 54:7-8. I. From 300 Sermon Illustrations from Charles Spurgeon. It only means that we cannot see it. So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. Psalm 47:6-8 Sing praises to God, sing praises! When God spoke to him, Ananias was strong enough to believe God and do what He said. What do you suppose he and Peter talked about during those momentous 15 days? Stand firm. When others suspected Paul of being a spy, Barnabas insisted on believing that he was genuine. Dan 6:10 Marathon runners average 160 miles a week at 10 mph. It is impossible to figure out what God is going to do because God does not do what we might expect. Did he have an education? But even here he is escaping with his life by the skin of his teeth. We take each burden, one by one, and lay them at your feet tonight. John W. Ritenbaugh. I really didn’t feel like getting up that morning. Today, as we follow Christ toward the cross in the Gospel of Luke we come up against an extremely demanding text. As he reflected on the Old Testament Paul would have been able to say that since Jesus is the Christ, He is a final word from God to us, He is the one from whom we are to learn what God is like. Obviously and rightly Luke considered Saul’s conversion to be a watershed event in the history of Christianity. If the Christians are saying that Jesus rose from the dead they must be trying to deceive people.”. No distractions. Then Paul must have reflected on the fact that that the priests were anointed as well and he must have concluded that if Jesus is the anointed one then He must also be God's great priest, and He must be the one who was to offer himself as the only true adequate sacrifice for human sin. Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK Some progressive scholars would like us to believe that Paul faked this conversion for opportunistic purposes, forgetting that Paul had already garnered substantial prestige implementing the militant goals of the Pharisees. 3For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Inspiring Short Sermons & Devotions - Powerful, Free, Daily Christian Messages Short powerful devotions/sermons for women, youth/teens, men, and seniors – motivation fit for the whole family. The world is largely divided into those who think the best of others and those who think the worst. 1) When all else is crumbling around us, this gives us something to hold onto. God turned this great persecutor of the early Christians into the first great missionary, so to speak. Undoubtedly they talked about Jesus Christ and what He had accomplished and preached during His time on earth, about His teachings and miracles, and above all about His death and resurrection. 3) “Jesus told his disciples a story about how they should keep on praying and never give up” (Luke 18:1 CEV). This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. Found inside – Page 150So , dear pastor friend , don't give up on having good special meetings in your church . ... And don't sell the young people short . “Never Give Up” Am I really supposed to be here? He had his first taste of this from the Jews of Damascus. Don't quit! Learn how to move forward to your God given destiny. And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. Learn that when tough times come, `` he that is what the apostle Paul, was him... 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