God will clearly and deliberately lead His people/congregation if they will earnestly seek His will. (Acts 10:17-23 Sermon)

Part TWO of a THREE part series called: How God used Bacon to change the world.

Today’s sermon text: Acts 10:17-23
The main point of today’s sermon: God will clearly and deliberately lead His people/congregation if they will earnestly seek His will.

Acts 10:17–23 (ESV)

17 Now while Peter was inwardly perplexed as to what the vision that he had seen might mean, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon’s house, stood at the gate 18 and called out to ask whether Simon who was called Peter was lodging there. 19 And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you. 20 Rise and go down and accompany them without hesitation, for I have sent them.” 21 And Peter went down to the men and said, “I am the one you are looking for. What is the reason for your coming?” 22 And they said, “Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say.” 23 So he invited them in to be his guests. The next day he rose and went away with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa accompanied him.

Important points from the text:

  • Peter is being called to break old distinctions
  1. “stood at the gate”
  2. “rise and go down”
  3. “he invited them in”
  • Peter is hospitable for the sake of the kingdom.
  1. “Rise and go down: and “he invited them in” These are big and bold steps for Peter.
  • The Spirit of God gives Peter the instruction and guidance he cannot give himself.
  1. “rise kill and eat” 13
  2. “what God has made clean to not call common or unclean” 15
  3. “Three men are looking for you” 19
  4. “Rise and go down” 20

Some Application:

  1. The Spirit of God is not synonymous with myself/ourselves and does not become synonymous with myself/ ourselves. It is not MY/our inner voice. We need the Spirit of God to guide us apart from ourselves.
  2. Karl Barth said… “ The instruction of the holy Spirit awakens and calls us, with that authority, precision and sovereignty, to use and exercise our freedom in Jesus, to the good work which we specifically are to here and now in unqualified obedience to Him which I must do because “I am not my own, but belong to my faithful savior Jesus Christ…

i.      Our congregation (if it is to hear, read and sing of the hope within God’s word) must be alive to hear the Spirit of God calling others to himself and our congregation to them.

  1. God leads the church open to hear his word and His Spirit into exciting new paths of obedience.

Readings for this week

Monday: Q: Does our church have a culture independent from the culture outside of itself? Can you list three cultural things that our church does that might be foreign (not necessarily in a negative sense)to the outside world or the context of Fort St James? (Example: (Foul language prohibition, raising our hands when we sing)
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Tuesday: Q: What are three peculiar aspects of our community’s cultural distinctions (Fort St James) that you feel our congregation is out of touch with?
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Wednesday: How does God speak his will into our lives today? Can you name four?
Example: Israel’s Story, The Christian Church’s Story
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Thursday: Q: What are some distinctions that the church has made that might make people on the outside feel that they are not included in God’s love for them?

Friday :Q: What are some distinctions made by non-Christians that make Christians feel that they are not included in the Community?

Saturday: Q: Where do you see our church in 5 years? (Don’t think attendance numbers )
Q: How will we get there?

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