Presentation on theme: "Dare to Depart in 2014: Lessons from a Herald to Samaria Acts 8:4-25 Message 1 in our 8-part series on the Acts of the Apostles. Sunday, January 4, 2014."— Presentation transcript:
Dare to Depart in 2014: Lessons from a Herald to Samaria Acts 8:4-25 Message 1 in our 8-part series on the Acts of the Apostles. Sunday, January 4, 2014 Speaker: Nick Azzuolo
Cyclical Pattern of the Book of Acts Outpouring of the Holy Spirit Spreading of the Gospel Persecution of the Church
Acts 1:8 You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Acts 2:2-4 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2: 22-23 Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.
Acts 4:12-13 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.
Acts 5:27-29 And the high priest questioned them, 28 saying, We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man's blood upon us. 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, We must obey God rather than men.
Acts 8:2 Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.
Who was Philip? One of the original 7 deacons. Good reputation, full of the Spirit. Married and had 4 daughters that prophesied
Lessons from Philip He was faithful to Gods overarching mission
Acts 4:29-31 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus. 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
Lessons from Philip He was faithful to Gods overarching mission He valued accountability and cooperation with his authorities
Acts 8:22-24 Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity. 24 And Simon answered, Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.
Lessons from Philip He was faithful to Gods overarching mission He valued accountability and cooperation with his authorities His commitment inspired others.
William Borden – A Man in Christ No Reserves No Retreats No Regrets
William Borden (1887 -1913) A man in Christ, He arose and forsook all and followed Him, Kindly affectioned with brotherly love, Fervent in spirit serving the Lord, Rejoicing in hope, Patient in tribulation, Instant in prayer, Communicating to the necessity of saints, In honour preferring others, Apart from faith in Christ, There is no explanation for such a life. -Epitaph of William Whiting Borden (1887-1913)
Philip the Evangelist Stay faithful to the mission Dont go it alone Surrender to Christ in a way that inspires others.