Summary: one of a series on Acts
Out of this Present Darkness/Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peritti - are both powerful stories. They illustrate several important reality for Christians today.
We are not in a battle with flesh and blood. We are in a battle with spiritual forces. Eph 6 makes it clear - we are in a real war with the prince of the power of the air!
Look. A modern battle must be fought with modern weapons. Imagine Desert Storm with bows and arrows. This is a little bit silly.
No. It was fought with lasers and cruise missles against an enemy - that was outclassed. Now, that is the way I want to fight a battle!
Spiritual battles must be fought with spiritual weapons. If we fight the battle with only our abilities - we are outclassed. If we fight with God’s - Satan is outclassed.
The Church has been given a mission. It’s the same mission today as it was then. Nothing has changed from then til now.
The mission is not, social action, to be moral policemen or to build build nice sanctuaries.
The simple and powerful orders that Jesus gave still stand.
The Mission is to be witnesses (vs 22) of Jesus - nothing else! Let us determine to serve the king.
The Apostles understood this and did it - but look how they did it! With spiritual weapons not earthly weapons.
They took three very important steps as they began the mission!
Step #1: They waited on God - vs 4
Look at apostles!
Look at the sequence of events after the resurrection
the appearances. The comission. The promise of power
The ascension and angels encouragement.
After all this they waited! - think of it!!!
Peter - waited!
James and John - waited!
Simon the zealot - waited!
Mark - waited!
Thomas - waited!
Extraordinary that they would wait on God - especially Peter. It’s hard to imagine him waiting!
Part of prayer is waiting on God to provide the way and the strength. This is so difficult most of us don’t do it very well at it.
Most Christians don’t pray and don’t wait - they just go. ...and go ...and go... and just keep on going
They look just like the Everready Bunny rabbit. All juice and no direction.
Some Christians don’t pray and but they wait
...and wait ...and wait! - never seem to do anything
Years later - ...still waiting. They look like the old dead batteries - no power.
Some Christians pray and don’t wait
They pray but not for wisdom but with wisdom - theirs
they pray not for answers but with answers - never rundown and never quit
We must pray and wait
Here at BCC - absolutely essential if we will do God’s work God’s way. We have been doing this all Summer
Praying for God’s guidance and vision to be given to us
Yesterday morning the Elders and Ministry Staff met. We confirmed the work of the summer. The vision is clear. The mission is clear.
Now let’s move the barriers and let God work in the people through his people. Pray for the people.
Pray for the workers.
Step #2 They trusted God vs 5-7
Look again at the apostles
They were given command to wait and they did. They asked a question - "when" and "how"?
The answer was, "This is not for you to know...Trust me!"