Summary: God expects His people to make a difference in the world around them.
REACHING YOUR JERUSALEM
Intro: People have all kinds of expectations about how things should happen in life. Husbands and wives have different expectations of each other. Bosses and workers have different expectations. Kids & parents; Govt. officials and citizens, etc. Something happens when these expectations are not met. Frustration is the result of unmet expectations. Sometimes expectations are not met because they are unrealistic. However, quite often, expectations are not met because they have not been communicated clearly. People cannot read your mind; therefore, they do not know how to go about meeting your expectations.
-Our heavenly Father has certain expectations of us as well. He has done a fantastic job of leaving us a record of His expectations. Of course, if we never read about them in the Bible, then we will likely fail to meet them. That will result in frustration on our part, at the very least because we will be missing out on what He wants from us. His expectations are not burdensome; rather, they are helpful and will help us navigate the troubled waters of this life. Among the expectations God has for us, there is one I’d like to focus on today.
Prop: God expects His people to make a difference in the world around them.
Interrogative: How can we do that?
TS: Let’s look at 4 expectations that will help us make a difference in our Jerusalem.
I. God Expects His People to Believe Him for Miracles (5:12, 15-16)
12 The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people.
15 … people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.
-We have talked about miracles and the power of God a number of times in the past several weeks. I cannot get away from the idea that God wants to do a lot more than we have seen Him do in our lives and in His church. Yet, I don’t have any instant solutions to what appears to be a lack of the miraculous. I am not saying that nothing is happening, because we have people sitting right here this morning who can attest to miracles of healing and provision in their lives. Miracles are not always accompanied by inspirational music and the flash of a Rolex. Sometimes the greatest miracles occur in the most ordinary circumstances. We should celebrate these and not minimize them. However, I think you know what I am saying when I say that there must be more!
-When I read v.16, that “Crowds gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed,” I have to say that I have never seen anything like that. Yes, I’ve seen people healed, and I have been healed myself, but can you imagine seeing everybody healed who came to you for prayer? I’m not sure I’m mature enough to handle power like that. Yet I sense that the church of Jesus Christ should be operating on that level.