Summary: God stirs believers to serve after they have come boldly to Him in prayer.

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"Shaken, Not Stirred"

Acts 4.31 NASB (1 of 1)

November 14, 2004 Chester FBC, Chester, Illinois Mike Fogerson, Speaker

A Video of Acts

In a magazine some time ago there appeared an article about the installation of a new organ in a New York City church. It was a rare and costly instrument. It’s many pipes were capable of pouring forth glorious melodies. However, the first Sunday it was used, the current was somehow cut off early in the service. The organist was helpless to do anything about it. A call for help was made and soon an electrician was on the scene. He made a quick investigation and saw that the problem could soon be fixed. A note was hurriedly passed to the organist: "After the prayer, the power will be on!"

"When we rely on organization, we get what organization can do; when we rely on education, we get what education can do; when we rely on eloquence, we get what eloquence can do. But when we rely on prayer, we get what God can do!"

B Today’s message is entitled "Shaken, not stirred."

Historical Context:

Peter & John had been taken into custody after healing a crippled man.

Order not to preach any thing in the name of Jesus (Acts 4.18, 21)

Went back to church, probably a home, and told everything that had happened before the Sanhedrian Council.

a 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:31 (NASB)

b The early church was emboldened to speak after God shook them. (ETS)

C God stirs believers to serve after they have come to Him boldly in prayer. (ESS)

a I hope you’ll know how to go from being shaken by God being stirred to serve God. (Objective)

b When was the last time you were shaken to being stirred? (Probing Question)

Transitional Sentence: Let’s look at two non-negotiable items that must be present in order to go from shaken to being stirred.

I The first non-negotiable item that must be present in order to go from being shaken to being stirred is . . . POWERFUL PRAYER.

"And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken . . ." -Acts 4.31a

A Peter & John had been living the way Christ wanted them. (Healing in Jesus name, preaching the gospel of Christ, leading people to Christ, growing the church, etc.)

a The bold prayer, and subsequent shaking, we see in Acts 4 is the direct result of the early believers and Peter and Johns faithfulness to God in their lives and service to Him.

b The Jew saw the earthquake as a proof of God’s presence.

4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Isaiah 6:4 (NASB)

8 The earth quaked; The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel. Psalms 68:8 (NASB)

When God’s people earnestly prayed, God shook the church!

God shook the church so their faith would remain unshaken.

B God still shakes the church where his people still take prayer seriously.

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