Summary: If we want more boldness in our lives, we need to spend time with Jesus, pray for boldness, and be filled with the Spirit.
SUPER: NATURALLY! #4: EXPERIENCING THE HOLY SPIRIT
OPENING TEXT: ARE YOU THIRSTY?
“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive.” (John 7:37-39a).
“For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring.” (Isaiah 44:3).
• Are you hungry and thirsty for more of God in your life? We need the Holy Spirit!
INTRO TO TOPIC: Review Acts 1-3 and the story of Peter and John healing the crippled man.
KEY TEXT: Acts 4:1-14
“Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.” (Acts 4:1-3).
• Notice after this great miracle, that the disciples were persecuted & thrown in jail
• Just because we live for Jesus doesn’t mean bad things aren’t going to happen to us!
“However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.” (Acts 4:4).
• What was the result of the miracle? Many people got saved!
“5 And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, 6 as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, "By what power or by what name have you done this?" 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: 9 If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.' 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:5-12).
• Notice the message Peter preached boldly: Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven!
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.” (Acts 4:13-14).
THE BIG IDEA: If we want more boldness in our lives, we need to spend time with Jesus, pray for boldness, and be filled with the Spirit.
A famous Methodist preacher named Peter Cartwright was known for his uncompromising preaching. However, one day when the President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, came to his church, the elders warned the Pastor not to offend the President.
When Cartwright got up to speak, the first words out of his mouth were, "I understand that President Andrew Jackson is here this morning. I have been requested to be very guarded in my remarks. Let me say this: Andrew Jackson will go to hell if he doesn’t repent of his sin!" The entire congregation gasped with shock at Cartwright’s boldness. How could this young preacher dare to offend the tough old general in public they wondered?
After the service, when Andrew Jackson met the preacher at the door he looked at him in the eye and said, "Sir, if I had an army of men like you, I could conquer the world!"
BACK TO THE STORY IN ACTS:
“23 And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. 24 So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: "Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them… 29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus." 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:23-24,29-31).