Summary: 5 Keys to Maintaining a Clear Conscience
How to Face God (& Your Critics)
With A Clear Conscience
Acts Series: ¡§Completely Irreligious, Yet Radically Christian¡¨ Part 30
Pastor Jeff Christopherson
August 10, 2003
5 KEYS TO MAINTAINING A CLEAR CONSCIENCE:
1. Be Faithful to do what God Asks You To Do.
EXPOSING 4 MYTHS ABOUT GOD¡¦S CALL:
A) God¡¦s assignment doesn¡¦t mean Smooth Sailing.
(Paul was driven out of all 3 Macedonian cities.)
B) God¡¦s assignment doesn¡¦t mean Public Admiration.
(Paul was dismissed with quiet contempt in Athens.)
C) God¡¦s assignment doesn¡¦t mean Easy Situations.
¡§After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth¡K¡¨ Acts 18:1
(Paul was now in Corinth ¡V the centre of moral depravity.)
D) God¡¦s assignment doesn¡¦t always mean Miraculous Provision.
¡§There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.¡¨ Acts 18:2-3
(Paul¡¦s faithfulness required making tents in the short term.)
Principle #1: Walking with God doesn¡¦t mean Walking on Water.
2. Take Responsibility for your Faithfulness,
not for your Results.
¡§Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. But when the Jews opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, ¡§Your blood be on your own heads! I am clear of my responsibility. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.¡¨¡¨ Acts 18:4-6
¡§The men who had leprosy reached the edge of the camp and entered one of the tents. They ate and drank, and carried away silver, gold and clothes, and went off and hid them. They returned and entered another tent and took some things from it and hid them also. Then they said to each other, ¡§We¡¦re not doing right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves.¡¨¡¨ 2 Kings 7:8-9
Principle #2: Walking with God sometimes means Walking Away.
3. Expect Divine Intervention in the most unexpected places.
¡§Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.¡¨ Acts 18:7-8
Principle #3: Walking with God means anticipating the Supernatural.
4. Listen for God¡¦s Encouragement.
¡§One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: ¡§Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.¡¨ So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.¡¨ Acts 18:9-11
¡§Jesus came and told his disciples, ¡§I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.¡¨¡¨ Matthew 18:18-20