Summary: Let your voice be heard, because: 1. people will still believe in Jesus (1). 2. people are still belligerent against Jesus (2-7). 3. God is still big (8-10). 4. people are still blind to the truth (11-18). 5. eternity still hangs in the balance (18-20).
Let Your Voice Be Heard!
The Book of Acts - Part 46
Sermon by Rick Crandall
Grayson Baptist Church - June 15, 2014
*Life changing words: Hearing your boyfriend ask, "Will you marry me?" Answering "Yes!" or "No." Both of those answers are pretty life-changing. How about hearing your wife say, "I'm pregnant." That's life-changing!
*But the greatest life-changing words are the words of the gospel: God loves you. Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins. Jesus rose again from the dead. Jesus will save you. These are the most life-changing words anyone can ever hear. And Christians, we must let people hear this good news from us! Tonight's Scripture helps us see why.
1. First: Let your voice be heard, because people will still believe in Jesus.
*Many people will believe and be saved. Verse 1 reminds us of this wonderful truth. There the Word of God says: "Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks believed." Many believed. They trusted in the Lord, and they were saved, because somebody let their voice be heard.
*What an infinite blessing: To be saved and forgiven! To have eternal life! To be part of the family of God! To have a home in Heaven!
*Can you remember what it was like to be lost? Think of life without Jesus Christ, a life that is really not alive. A two-dimensional shell of a life in a three-dimensional world: That's what life is like without Jesus. But Christians: We are truly alive! We are saved, because somebody let their voice be heard. And people all around us need to hear.
*Richard Pfeil challenges and encourages us with these words: "I wonder sometimes whether the myths in our heads are really true, the myths in our churches that people don’t really want to hear about Christianity, the myth that people are satisfied with their lives, that they have everything they need, and don’t need the Lord in their lives. . ."
*Then Richard said: "When I look at the early church, they always spoke out about Jesus Christ. Throughout the history of the last 2,000 years, people have discovered that they do need Jesus. People have listened, and they will listen. People have responded, and they will respond. . . And every time the church caught fire and talked about their faith, people began to listen." (1)
*Bruce Larson gave this testimony about an unexpected salvation. It was a neighbor of his in Sanibel Island, Florida. And Bruce said, "I had a neighbor in his eighties who had been a vice-president for McGraw-Hill, one of the great publishing firms of our land. He was a brilliant businessman. He was a leader in his Episcopal church, and on the city council in Sanibel. He was, respected, and loved by all.
*One weekend, he went off to a renewal conference with a bunch of lay people who began praying with him and talking about Jesus. This beautiful man comes home transformed and says to his neighbors and friends, 'I met Jesus!' 'What happened to you?' they ask. He says, 'I don't know. I fell in love.'" He fell in love with the Lord God Almighty. He fell in love with Jesus Christ! "'He's always been a good man,' his neighbors said, 'but now he's a new man.'" (2)