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 Pt9- Fervent Prayer
Driving down the road- car in front veers off into a lake- people in danger of drowning- what would you do?
You would intervene on their behalf.
Story of Cornelius- Roman Centurion, Gentile- we see God grant salvation to the Gentiles.
Peter/Jews begin to realize- God came for all men.
Cornelius- angelic visitation- prayers- memorial.
Zacharias- angelic visitation- God heard his petitions.
God hears the prayers of His people-
Jam 5:16 (NLT) The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
Jews in Jerusalem upset w/Peter going to the Gentiles- met with apostles/elders- explains what God did.
Peter says- I remembered- important to know God’s Word so we can remember it when things happen.
God is still pouring out His HS on people today.
Gospel- preached to- Greeks/church birthed in Antioch.
Acts 11:26 (NASB95) ... and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
First, we see a picture of the unity of the church.
When- famine in Judea- church in Antioch-quick to help.
Early church had a Kingdom perspective and saw the church as a whole- not divided into different camps.
People gave generously in proportion- God’s blessing.
God does not promise economic equality- but He does expect rich/poor to give in proportion-what they have
Persecution- began w/Stephen- continues w/Herod.
James- brother of John- first of the 12 to die.
See much persecution of Christian’s in the world today.
We are called to live and die for Christ-
Romans 14:7–8 (NASB95) (Phil 1.21)
7For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself;
8for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.
Act 12.4-12 (emphasize v5, 12) (Rev 5.10, Num 16.43-48)
During this difficult time- church gathered together-pray-
they were interceding on Peter’s behalf.
Intercession-intervene on-behalf of another before God.
Isa 59:16 (NASB95) And He saw that there was no man, And was astonished that there was no one to intercede;
God was amazed- no one intervened- help- oppressed.
We are called to intervene for people before God.
We are called- offer to God-continual sacrifice of prayer-
to honor His name,
for the salvation of lost souls, and
the sanctification of His people.
Nehemiah- very concerned about- condition of the Jews not taken captive and still living around Jerusalem.
What can we learn from the way he prayed-
It is important to be sincere in our prayers.
Eloquent words to not take the place of a heart that really cares-
Do we care about- eternal destinies of people?
Are we concerned about- reality of heaven/hell?
Do we care enough to make time for prayer?
Nehemiah understood God and His covenant.
He believed in- greatness/faithfulness/mercy of God.