Summary: In this brief study we will take a walk through the book of Acts highlighting some of the more significant verses and ideas presented by Luke. I have drawn some material from "Act Normal" by Scott Wilson.
Acts Pt5- Devotion and Service 2
When- angel freed the Apostles- he instructed them to-
God is the source of life, Jesus is life itself- (Rom 6.23)
Jn 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.
Jn 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,
Jn 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Our culture is very confused over life issues- all life comes from God and has value.
I have no problem with saving the whales or the rain forests- God called us to tend/shepherd His creation.
Only man is made in God’s image and his life is above and different from other life forms.
Act 6.1-7 read
Complaint- behind the scenes talk, grumbling in private, secret murmuring.
God- active in the early church- there was much unity-
Acts 1:14 These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer ...
Acts 2:46 Day by day continuing w/one mind in the temple ... breaking bread from house to house, they were taking ... meals together ...
Acts 4:32 And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul ...
As they grew- problems arose- people resorted to grumbling/complaining/murmuring-
enemy- attempting to bring dissension/division.
So much so that the Apostles had to call the entire church together to solve the problem.
That is not to say that there are not valid problems- but-
There are appropriate/inappropriate ways to handle problems- murmuring to others- always- wrong way.
Always go to those who can resolve the problem.
Num 12.1-15 Aaron/Miriam complain- Moses
We will also often direct our complaints towards God-
Num 14.27 Jewish people complain about God
Whenever there is a problem- it is easy for us to ascribe to leaders/authority- less than noble motives.
Eph 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
Unwholesome- corrupt, rotten, as when vegetable/meat becomes putrid, having no value, harmful, offensive.
edification- a building up, strengthening, by your words
grace- bring favor and benefit to those listening
Avoid destructive complaining! Ja 3.2-12
Use words to bless and not curse others.
Neglect- to leave behind, to forsake or abandon.
Apostles- understood- could not build the church and neglect hearing God’s Word- what is God saying?
They had to be able to hear God to build His church.
It is just as important for us not to neglect listening to God through- written Word/revelation of His Spirit-
Heb 4:2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.
Jews abandoned God’s Word and died in- wilderness.
Establish clear priorities, principles, and practices to live by.