Summary: God's church matters because we: 1. are witnesses of God's mighty works (vs. 32-36). 2. have the answers to life's greatest questions (vs. 37-38). 3. have the help of the Holy Spirit (vs. 33, 38, 39). 4. have great reasons to rejoice (vs. 40-41).
Why God's Church Matters
Sermon by Rick Crandall
Grayson Baptist Church - June 23, 2013
*Don't you love our church? We are blessed to be part of a church where people love God, love His Word, and love each other. But as we look into the Word of God tonight, remember that we are not just part of Grayson Baptist Church. We are part of the church that we see right here in the pages of the New Testament. We are part of the church of the living God. And that makes all the difference in the world.
*The great tragedy is that we are surrounded by so many people who just don't get it. When it comes to the church, their attitude ranges from ho-hum indifference to open hostility. They have no idea how important God's church is to Him and His world. But God's church matters!
1. God's church matters first of all, because we are witnesses of God's mighty works.
*As Peter said in vs. 32, "This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses."
*Now, we may not have seen what Peter saw. But if we know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, then we are witnesses of God's mighty works. From vs. 32, we are witnesses that God the Father raised Jesus Christ from the dead three days after He died on the cross. And from many other places in the Bible, we are witnesses that Jesus died on that cross for us. We are witnesses that Jesus took all of the punishment for our sins when He died for us!
*For example, Isaiah 53:4-6 says:
4. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
5. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
*And Colossians 1:13-14 tells believers that God the Father:
13. . . hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14. In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
*On top of this, we are witnesses that Jesus Christ has been exalted above all other men. Jesus Christ has been exalted above all other men, because He is the only begotten Son of God who became a man, and lived a perfect life. The God-man Jesus Christ is the only man in history who could die on the cross for our sins. And He is the only man who could rise again to conquer death forever.
*As Peter said in vs. 33-36:
33. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
34. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand,
35. till I make Your enemies Your footstool.'''
36. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.''
*Surely King David was one of the greatest heroes to these devout Jews gathered in Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost. But Peter told them about someone infinitely greater than King David. He told them about the Lord Jesus Christ. He told them about the King of Kings!
*And in vs. 34-35, Peter exalted Jesus with King David's own words from Psalm 110. There David reported a Heavenly conversation, where God the Father spoke to God the Son. And David said: "The Lord said to my Lord, 'Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.'"
*God the Father has exalted the God-man Jesus Christ above all other men! That's why the Apostle Paul could say this about Jesus in Philippians 2:5-11:
5. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
6. who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
7. but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men.
8. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
9. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
10. that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,