Summary: Three things are important to remember in the life of a Christian: truth is to be lived, truth is to be spoken, and truth is to be demonstrated.
The Impact of Truth
We are called to have a common purpose in what we do
-- The purpose is to worship, to love, and to celebrate Christ and share Him always
-- That is our challenge, mission, and it is STILL where we find ourselves today
Paul understood that Grace was the key to life; for it had been shown to him
-- Jesus is not to be ‘used’ or consulted only when we need something
-- APP: It’s not right to want the blessings without the relationship/commitment
LAST WEEK: We examined guilt and how even when we make the WRONG decisions … but our God is bigger than that and can STILL use us!
IMP: One of Satan’s most effective methods of wrecking the lives of Christians is the use of guilt to paralyze them from accepting God’s grace
BIG APP: Your past does NOT determine your worth or your future with Him!
Let’s unpack this chapter in sections for easy application and understanding …
Read Acts 24:1-9
Point 1 – Truth is Lived (v1-9)
Happiness really does come and go with some folks; nothing you can do about it
-- Let me just say, it is NOT your job to make other people happy
-- It is also not your job to ensure that everyone around you feels good
-- APP: Let’s face it … You have enough issues with you, right?
So what we are about to see is (again) more complaining and whining about Paul
-- Why? Because they don’t like the way he’s been talking and acting
-- EX: Preachers get this every day; “I don’t like …; he didn’t shake my hand”
There are two things to see in how these men handle themselves in front of power
First comes the sucking up (v2-4) …
-- Evil doers love to be praised and have their egos stroked
-- It gives value and makes them feel important in their shame and wickedness
-- Misery loves company … Face it, when we’re wrong we don’t LIKE to admit it
-- APP: What we do is get others to agree with us to silence the Spirit inside us
Then comes the accusation and what they don’t like (v5-9) …
-- EX: “Hello? Is this the complaint department? Yes I’d like to whine …”
-- This man has perverted “our god” and is stirring things up with this Jesus talk
-- So much to see here … let’s just be obvious: THEY MISSED SEEING GOD!
I want you to see something that is critical here; not only can’t you fix others
-- (PAUSE) … others will get their own answering time with God so let them be!
-- Deut 32:35, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.”
-- Rom 12:19, “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.”
I love v9: It’s as if they were all going, “yeah … that’s the guy … blah/blah”
-- No integrity, no credibility, let’s just have a mob mentality – MISSED GOD!