November 4, 2012

There is More!

Passage: Acts 18:24-19:6

Bible Text: Acts 18:24-19:6 | Preacher: Pastor Steve | Series: The Solid Acts of God
Acts 18:24-25 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John.
Many in the church today have a RELATIONSHIP with their KNOWLEDGE about Jesus but not with the PERSON of Jesus
Apollos was a Jew born in Alexandria
Apollos was enthusiastic (from the Greek word) enthousiasmos: meaning to be inspired,
to be “in” (en) “God” (theos)
There is More!
Acts 18:26-28 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. And when he desired to cross to Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him; and when he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace; for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.
The Power of Hospitality (Serving and Sharing)
We are changing our culture to one that is willing to
develop “Ohana” in the church
Aquila and Priscilla are an example of what can happen through a husband and wife team!
Romans 16:3-4 Greet Priscilla and Aquila. They have been co-workers in my ministry for Christ Jesus. In fact, they risked their lives for me.
Romans 12:9-13 Don’t just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically…When God’s children are in need, be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging,
for the night.
There is More?
Acts 19:1-6 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? So they said to him, We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit. And he said to them, Into what then were you baptized? So they said, Into John’s baptism.
Then Paul said, John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
There is More
John 16:13-15 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth… He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you…
Acts 2:38-39 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children…
God through Peter is speaking to His church:
You are a prophetic people, the fulfillment of prophecy
You are the ones called out by God to fulfill God’s purpose
You are the living church that has the power for the mission
Repent: turn to the Lord – get your life in order, stop doing what is wrong, confess the sin and submit to Jesus, let Him Reign in your life.
The Greek word for repent, metanoesate, means, “to change your outlook” or “change your mind.” It is a 180 turnaround. It is a change of mind that results in a change of purpose, direction, and values.
Communion Service
John 14:6 Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the father except through me.
Mark 14:22 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, Take, eat; this is My body.
Mark 14:23 Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.
Under the New Testament or the New Covenant
God forgives our sin – Matthew 26:28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
God gives us a new heart – Ezekiel 18:31-32 Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord GOD. “Therefore turn and live!
God give us a new day – 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

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