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Summary: Hearing and understanding the voice of God is critical for all beleivers

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INTRODUCTION

Last we ended off with some false teachers that were trying to bring a different a gospel to the gentile believers

The one thing that they mentioned was that the gentiles needed to be baptised in order to be saved

The one thing that came out of our message was that, we are saved by grace alone

There is absolutely nothing that we can add to the salvation that God freely offers us through His Son Jesus

No law adding or abiding grants us salvation, it is by the finished work of Jesus on the cross

That provides such hope for us today, knowing that we don’t have to try and follow certain principles and laws in order to be accepted by Christ

We are accepted already

We find that after the council had met in Jerusalem a decision was taken that the gentiles don’t need to be circumcised

All they had to do was abstain from a few things, which were not laws put on them, but merely for them to respect their Jewish brothers

1Cor 8:9-13 reads, 9Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? 11So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.13Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.

The word tells us that Paul and his companions went all over delivering this message and many were saved and added to the local church

This morning i want to speak on: HEARING THE VOICE OF THE LORD

• RESPONDING TO HIS VOICE

• GODS WORDS HAVE PURPOSE

1. RESPONDING TO HIS VOICE

Throughout scripture we see how God constantly communicated with His people:

• Burning bushes

• Donkeys

• Dreams

• Visions

• Audible voices etc

Now in this setting we find Paul and his companions on mission – to spread the gospel

We see them moving from Derbe then to Lystra, where they add Timothy to the team

Then on they went to Phrygia and Galatia but something happens

They are prevented by the HS from entering Asia and spreading the gospel

Then they tried to enter Bithynia and the HS again stopped them from going there

So two areas, the HS had prevented them from going into

But how did the HS speak to them? Scripture doesn’t tell us but probably:

• Inner prompting

• Lack of peace

Did Paul and his companions brush off the promptings or the voice? NO

The thing we need to understand about these guys, is that they are men of prayer

When you’re in prayer and stay in fellowship with the Lord He will speak to you

God often speaks in those quiet times we spend with him

That’s why individual and corporate prayer is so important

God wants to speak to us and lead us according to His will for our lives


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