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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.

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Acts Pt9- Fervent Prayer

Introduction

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.

Review/Recap

Act 10-

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.

Act 11.1-15

Jews in Jerusalem upset w/Peter going to the Gentiles- met with apostles/elders- explains what God did.

Act 11.16-17

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.

Act 11.19-26

Gospel- preached to- Greeks/church birthed in Antioch.

Acts 11:26 (NASB95) ... and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

Act 11.27-30 (Act 4.36-37)

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

Act 12.1-3

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.

William Barclay-

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.

Neh 1.4-11

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-

Earnest- v4

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?

Knowledge- v5

Nehemiah understood God and His covenant.

He believed in- greatness/faithfulness/mercy of God.


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