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Reception and Rejection in Antioch of Pisidia (Acts 13:42-52)

Reception and Rejection in Antioch of Pisidia Acts 13

Acts 13:42-52

I. Two reactions

    A. Reception (Acts 13:42-44; 13:26; Galatians 5:4)
    B. Rejection (Acts 13:45, 50)

II. Paul and Barnabas refused to back down

    A. The Jews should have accepted the gospel (Acts 13:46-47; 13:17; Romans 1:16)
    B. The Gentiles joyously accepted God’s grace (Acts 13:48; Ephesians 2:12)
    C. Joy resulted in evangelism (Acts 13:49)

III. The missionaries driven out of Antioch

    A. You can knock them down, but they will get back up (Acts 13:50-51; 2 Corinthians 4:8-9; Luke 9:3-5)
    B. Despite opposition and persecution, the church was planted and disciples were joyful

God Is Gracious

Grace God is Gracious

I. Complementary attributes of God

    A. Goodness (Matthew 19:16-17; Romans 11:22)
    B. Mercy (Titus 3:3-5; Ephesians 2:8-9)
    C. Benevolence (Hebrews 13:6; Psalm 118:6; James 1:17; 2 Corinthians 1:3)

II. God’s grace in the Old Testament

    A. Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:18-24; Proverbs 18:22)
    B. Noah (Genesis 6:5-9)
    C. Abraham (Genesis 22:15-18)

III. God’s grace in the New Testament

    A. Man can do nothing on his own to erase the stain of sin (Galatians 5:4)
    B. Grace does not negate obedience (John 1:17; Hebrews 5:9; Titus 3:3-5; Ephesians 2:8-9)
    C. “Grace alone” is false doctrine (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Acts 10:34)
    D. Grace is available to all, and it demands obedience (Titus 2:11-14)

Prophecy and Proof (Acts 13:13-41)

Prophecy and Proof Acts 13:13-41

Acts 13:13-41

I. The historical background of the Messiah (Acts 13:13-23)

    A. The exodus, wilderness, and Joshua (Acts 13:16-19; Deuteronomy 7:1-2)
    B. David (Acts 13:20-22) and his part in God’s plan (Acts 13:23)

II. The prophecies and proofs of Jesus (Acts 13:23-37)

    A. John the Baptizer’s testimony (Acts 13:23-25; John 1:29-30; 3:30)
    B. Paul’s target audience: “those among you who fear God” (Acts 13:26)
    C. Jesus’ rejection and crucifixion fulfilled prophecy (Acts 13:27-29)
    D. Jesus’ resurrection fulfilled prophecy (Acts 13:30-37; 2:29ff)

III. Jesus is the answer to every man’s problem of sin (Acts 13:38-41)

    A. Forgiveness and justification (Acts 13:38-39; Galatians 3:23-25)
    B. Warning against rebellion (Acts 13:40-41; Habakkuk 1:5; Isaiah 53:1)

Psalm 21: The Blessing of Victory

Psalm 21 The Blessing of Victory

Psalm 21

I. Thanksgiving for mercies granted to the king (Psalm 21:1-6)

    A. Joy in the salvation of God (Psalm 21:1; 1 Peter 1:10-12; Ephesians 3:4)
    B. Prayer (Psalm 21:2; James 1:6; 1 John 5:14-15)
    C. The crown (Psalm 21:3; Galatians 4:4-5; 2 Timothy 4:8)
    D. Life (Psalm 21:4; John 10:10)
    E. Honor and majesty (Psalm 21:5-6; 2 Samuel 7:18; Ephesians 2:8-9)

II. The hope of future victories (Psalm 21:7-12)

    A. Steadfast trust (Psalm 21:7; 1 Corinthians 15:58)
    B. The enemies of God do not stand a chance (Psalm 21:8-12; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Matthew 8:12; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30; 25:21, 23)

III. The reward for faithfulness (Psalm 21:13)

    A. The power rests with God, not with us (Psalm 21:13)
    B. Coffman: “There can be no higher activity on the part of mankind than that of worshipping and praising the Creator” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; Philippians 2:12-13)

That Which Is Precious To Peter

That Which Is Precious To Peter

I. Faith (2 Peter 1:1)

    A. The problem of false teaching (Jude 3-4; 3 John 9, 11)
    B. Warning against false teachers (2 Peter 2:1-19)
    C. Continue in the truth because faith is precious (John 8:32; 2 Peter 3:18)

II. The trial of our faith (1 Peter 1:6-9)

    A. The testing of faith (James 1:2-3)
    B. Present suffering will not compare to eternal glory (Romans 8:18)

III. A gentle and quiet spirit (1 Peter 3:3-4)

    A. Gentle/meek (Matthew 5:5)
    B. Quiet/peaceable (1 Timothy 2:2)

IV. The promises of God (2 Peter 1:2-4)

    A. God’s revelation is sufficient (Proverbs 17:8)
    B. God’s promises are conditional upon obedience (Romans 11:22)

V. Christ (1 Peter 2:4-7)

    A. The living stone chosen of God (1 Peter 2:4-5)
    B. Old Testament prophecies
      1. Isaiah 28:16 (cf. Ephesians 2:19-22)
      2. Psalm 118:22

VI. The blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19)

    A. Intrinsic value (Acts 3:6; Mark 8:36-37)
    B. The blood of animals not sufficient (Hebrews 10:4, 10)

The Journey Is On (Acts 12:25-13:12)

The Journey Is On (Acts 12:25-13:12) Paul's First Missionary Journey

(Acts 12:25-13:12)

I. The first stop (Acts 13:4-5)

    A. Cyprus (Acts 13:4; 4:36; 11:19-21)
    B. The work is straight-forward: preach the Word (Acts 13:5; Romans 1:16; 2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Corinthians 1:14-17)

II. The mission was met with interest and opposition (Acts 13:6-8)

    A. The opposition: Bar-Jesus/Elymas (Acts 13:6-8; 2 Timothy 4:4)
    B. The interested party: Sergius Paulus (Acts 13:7)

III. Opposition must be opposed! (Acts 13:9-11)

    A. Paul was inspired in his opposition of Elymas (Acts 13:9-10)
    B. We must be gentle and patient in our opposition of error (2 Timothy 2:24-26)
    C. Mercy even in opposition (Acts 13:11)

IV. The result of truth (Acts 13:12)

    A. Sergius Paulus believed (Acts 13:12)
    B. Belief is always preceded by hearing (Romans 10:17)
    C. Belief is a “synecdoche” for the proper response – obedience

I Am The Good Shepherd (John 10:11)

I Am The Good Shepherd (John 10:11)

(John 10:11)

I. The shepherd throughout Scripture

    A. Psalm 23
    B. Psalm 79:13-80:3
    C. Psalm 95:6-7
    D. Ezekiel 34

II. Jesus as the Good Shepherd

    A. He knows His sheep by name and leads them (John 10:1-4)
    B. He provides for them abundant life (John 10:10; Ephesians 3:20-21)
    C. He lays down His life for the sheep (John 10:11, 15, 17-18)

III. The spiritual satisfaction of Jesus’ sheep

    A. Are you listening? (John 10:27)

      1. Hear His voice (John 8:43-45)
      2. Does Jesus know you? (Matthew 7:21-23)
      3. Follow Him!

    B. Eternal life, protection, and security for His sheep (John 10:28)

God Sees and Hears the Righteous (Acts 12)

God Sees and Hears the Righteous (Acts 12)

(Acts 12; cf. 1 Peter 3:12)

I. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous (Acts 12:1-4)

    A. The evil of Herod Agrippa I
    B. The martyrdom of James the brother of John (Psalm 116:15; Revelation 14:13)

II. And His ears are open to their prayers (Acts 12:5-17)

    A. God answers the church’s prayers concerning Peter
    B. Such an unbelievable turn of events, the church didn’t believe it

III. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil (Acts 12:18-24)

    A. Herod’s pride (Romans 1:24-25)
    B. Do we give God the proper glory? (Matthew 5:16)

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Rules the World

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Rules the World

I. Godly mothers

    A. Jochebed (Exodus 2:2-10; Hebrews 11:25)
    B. Hannah (1 Samuel 1-2)
    C. Lois and Eunice (2 Timothy 1:3-5; 3:14-15)
    D. Mary (Luke 2:41-52)

II. The influence of a godly mother

    A. “Behind every good man is a good woman” – and that good woman is often his mother (Ephesians 5:23; 6:1)
    B. The power of a mother’s prayer (Rudyard Kipling’s “Mother O’ Mine”; James 5:16)

III. The sacrifice of a godly mother

    A. She takes initiative (Proverbs 31:13)
    B. She provides for her family’s needs in the home (Proverbs 31:15)
    C. She is shrewd in business dealings (Proverbs 31:16)
    D. She is generous (Proverbs 31:20)
    E. She is not lazy (Proverbs 31:27)
    F. She is blessed (Proverbs 31:28-31)

The Conversion of Cornelius (Acts 10-11)

The Conversion of Cornelius Acts 10-11

Acts 10-11

I. Cornelius was a good man

    A. He was devout (Luke 10:25-28; 9:23-25)
    B. He was reverent (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Psalm 36:1-4)
    C. He was a leader in his home (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)
    D. He was generous (Leviticus 19:9-10; Galatians 6:10)
    E. He was a praying man (James 5:16)

II. Cornelius was a lost man

    A. He needed to be told what he “must do” (Acts 10:3-8)
    B. Peter brought the gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 10:28-29, 34-35, 42-43; 1:8; 2:39)
    C. God showed the acceptability of the Gentiles (Acts 10:44-46; Mark 16:20; Acts 10:47-48)

III. The Jewish response

    A. Initial backlash (Acts 11:1-3)
    B. Peter’s defense: “at the beginning” (Acts 11:15, 17)
    C. God was glorified (Acts 11:18; Galatians 3:28)