We all have some hard things to deal with. Some of us may need urgent deliverance from certain problems.
1. Critical Challenges (vv 1-4) - James was beheaded brutally already. Now Peter was arrested by Herod who planned his public trial the next day.
2. The Praying Church (vv 5,12) - The church people in Jerusalem focused on what they could do - praying earnestly for Peter the whole night.
"If you prayed as much as you worried, you would have a lot less to worry about." (Rick Warren)
3. The Deliverance (vv 6-11,13-17) - Peter was bound in chains, waiting to be executed. But Peter was sleeping soundly between two soldiers. The angel of the Lord appeared standing beside Peter.
> God's presence is what we need.
> When God's word is heard, the problem disappears.
> Peter went to the house of Mary where the church was meeting and praying. Herod and his soldiers were looking for Peter, but they couldn't find him. God is our hiding place.
> Herod, a violent persecutor of the early Christians, was said to be eaten by worms and died untimely.
What is your biggest struggle that's hold you back?
Stop worrying over what you cannot do. Just focus on what you can do - pray.
And God can do it. God is bigger than your struggle
Luke 5:32; Mark 8:34
Problems of Nominalism
Nominal Christians are the hardest to reach with the Gospel message.
Nominal Christians give the world a false sense of the strength of the Church.
Nominal Christians give us a false discouragement about our declining numbers.
Nominalism is found in …
It was Jesus who called and invited Zacchaeus. (Luke 19:1-10)
2. Many are called, but few are chosen. (Matt. 22:14)
3. Taking our own cross and following Jesus (Mark 8:34)
The crowd + disciples = all Christians are required of two things:
"Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.
Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you-- unless, of course, you fail the test?"
It is our part to respond to the call. We can either receive it or reject it within our own rights. The Holy Spirit will not force us because it is not his nature. But the Spirit will help us effectively if we are open to him and allow his work in us.
Come worship with us at our English service of this International Church in Yangon.
“His witness to the ends of the earth”
Come worship with us at our English service of this International Church.
“Return to Your First Love”
(Acts 19:1-10; Rev 2:3-5)
1. The City of Ephesus
2. Paul's Strategy
5. Wearing the shoes of the Gospel of Peace
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For Lifenet groups and personal reflection:
1) At the beginning, what the church in Ephesus was like? (Acts 19:1-20)
2) Read Rev 2:3-5. Remember your first love for Jesus, the season when you started to love Jesus. How was it like?
3) Look back on the last 12 months. Is your love for Jesus growing?
4) If Yes, how would you make it deeper? If No, what change do you need? What kind of help do you need?
NLIF is an international church in Yangon. Come and join our English Sunday worship service.
We are an evangelical congregation emphasizing Bible centered and Spirit-empowered living. We hope to be a blessing to you.