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Sun, Apr 08, 2018

318: "The Responses to the Gospel, Part I" - Acts 13:42-52

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Message #318 "The Responses to the Gospel, Part I" - Acts 13:42-52 Sunday, April 8 2018 Today we focus on verses 42-43, how Paul and Barnabas persuaded those who believed to "continue in the grace of God." Context: We've been studying Paul's first recorded sermon in Acts 13:16-41. This message consisted primarily of the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) which Paul used as a lens to understand the then recent events concerning Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus Himself declares that the Scriptures testify of Him (John 5:39; Luke 24:27, 44) . The resurrection of Christ is the ultimate evidence that Jesus is the promised Messiah of the Scriptures (in Acts 13:30-37, Paul quotes from Psalm 2, Isaiah 55, and Psalm 16) to establish this point What should I expect when I share the gospel, when I share the word of God? Expect to encourage those who receive the grace of God to continue in that same grace. This is an aspect of discipleship Jesus commands us to in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) . The gospel doesn't end once a believer shares it and God saves the sinner. It continues as we come alongside the new believer to help them and encourage them to continue to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus. . True believers will abide in Jesus' word, will know the truth, and be set free by that truth (God's word). We considered this by examining John 8:30-59. . Belief is not just mental agreement with the truth, rather genuine belief is observable through a life that grows in both grace and truth (2 Pet 3:17-18) . We are encouraged to be diligent (to study, to work hard) as we learn to rightly handle (learn so we can explain) the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15) . Why? For all Scripture is useful in teaching me what and what not to believe, and teaching me behaviors to avoid and those to adopt, so through it we become thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim 3:16-17) . Each member of the church is important (1 Cor 12:12-31) . Yet we are not ignorant of the different ways in which people receive and respond to the word of God (Mark 4:2-20) Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
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