Summary: There is power, healing, salvation in the name of Jesus. in the fight against the Coronavirus, we cannot forget that god is bigger than any problem we face.
In the name of Jesus
Acts 3:1-10 11-16
Good morning! I look around and I picture where people would be sitting
Who would have thought that a month ago we would be having church minus people in the pews?
That believers would have to be creative in bringing the gospel even to fellow believers?
That we would have to maintain social distance with each other?
I thought it was hard several years ago when I had a complete knee replacement and had to sit on a chair to preach.
Today I stand preaching to a few people who are making sure everything gets recorded properly. Who knew? God did!
That is good news!
I have titled the message… in the Name of Jesus
There is healing in the name of Jesus
There is salvation in the name of Jesus
There is power in the name of Jesus
In fact none of these happen except in the power and name of Jesus
Over the last two or three weeks we have had our world turned upside down by an invisible enemy that snuck in and disrupted everything that we hold dearly.
We had no say in the matter.
One day we were able to pretty much do what we wanted and what would be our normal and in a short time, we are being told that we cannot do this, and we cannot go there.
We are now in a toilet paper shortage.
I am like a lot of other pastors this morning that want to bring a word of encouragement and lift up the people of God.
To Offer Hope to a world that needs to hear there is hope and His name is Jesus!
There are a lot of people going through anxiety right now and they need to hear some comforting words.
Many who are looking to God maybe for the first time or maybe in a long time-
We have an opportunity to be the light that Jesus calls us to be.
We are all debtors and we are all beggars needing something that we ourselves cannot do for ourselves.
Salvation, forgiveness, healing, and to be guided in the way that we should go.
Our text this morning is found in the book of Acts chapter 3.
The book of Acts is exactly that- the book in the Bible where we find the acts of the apostles, recording what they did after they had spent time in the upper room waiting on the Holy Spirit of God to fall on them.
It changed their lives and they were to go out and change the lives of those that they came in contact with.
My prayer this morning is that Jesus will change our lives and we will then go out and be a part of changing someone else’s life.
Father, in the name of Jesus, today would you change our lives. Jesus, bring healing. Jesus, the Name that draws people into a relationship with God Almighty. Today Jesus, that your anointing would fall fresh on us… just like the upper room. We are the church. We are the people of God and we need your Holy Spirit to direct or maybe redirect us to be what we are suppose to be and created to be. Today we open our hearts and our lives unto you and invite you to do what is needed and we will thank you and lift up that mighty name of Jesus.
Please open your Bible or phone app to Acts chapter 3:1-10 read from Bible
Don’t read too fast through these verses- the background is as important as the event.
These guys had recently been in the Upper room where the Holy Spirit of God fell and 120 lives were changed!
They had an experience with God like no others.
They were filled with the Holy Spirit and they began speaking about the things of God in languages that all who were there could understand and they had church.
People who heard them were as scripture said “amazed and perplexed”.
They asked each other what does this mean? How does this change my life? What can I do with this?
Peter who was always the first to speak no matter if he knew what he was talking about or not stood before a crowd of over 3000 and gave the gospel message.
He stood before them unashamed of the gospel and let the gospel of God touch people hearts and lives.
Acts 2:38- “Peter replied, repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The promise is for you and your children and all who are far off- for all whom the Lord our God will call.”