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Redefining significance: how to

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Acts Series: ¡§Completely Irreligious, Yet Radically Christian¡¨ Part 7

Pastor Jeff Christopherson - February 23, 2003

Acts 4:1-22

I. HOW OUR WORLD DEFINES SIGNIFICANCE:

1. Success. (People speak of my accomplishments.)

2. Popularity. (I say all the right things.)

3. Power. (What I say goes. Period.)

II. HOW GOD DEFINES SIGNIFICANCE:

1. People who allow God to work through them.

(not people who do work for God)

¡§Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them¡K¡¨ 4:8a

¡§Each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man¡¦s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward.¡¨ 1 Corinthians 3:10-14

2. People of Courage.

(those who capitalize on spiritual opportunities)

¡§Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ¡§¡¥the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.¡¦ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.¡¦ When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.¡¨ 4:8-13

HOW CAN I BECOME MORE COURAGEOUS IN MY FAITH?

A) Look Up. (see people from God¡¦s perspective)

B) Pray Up. (ask God to be able to see the opportunities)

C) Team Up. (participate in a spiritual community)

3. People who look more and more like Jesus.

(character that cannot be explained apart from the

presence of God)

¡§When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.¡¨ 4:13

¡§Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.¡¨ Matthew 5:6

4. People who are Loyal to God. (those who are willing to pay the price)

¡§Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, ¡§Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God¡¦s sight to obey you rather than God.¡¨ 4:18-19

¡§Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.¡¨ 2 Timothy 3:12

¡§Remember the words I spoke to you: ¡¥No servant is greater than his master.¡¦ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.¡¨ John 15:20

5. People who are Confident about Christ.

(those who stop trying to find significance without Him)


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