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God Is Love

God is Love

1 John 4:7-21

I. Accepting God’s love

    A. Knowing God (1 John 4:7-8; Philippians 3:8-11; Titus 1:16)
    B. Christ gives us life (1 John 4:9; John 14:6; 1:4; 11:25; 5:24) as the propitiation of our sins (1 John 4:10)
    C. We have no excuse to not love the brethren (1 John 4:11)

II. Confessing God’s love

    A. The good confession (1 John 4:15; Acts 8:37-38; 1 Timothy 6:12)
    B. More than mere lip service (Matthew 15:8; 7:21)

III. Abiding in God’s love

    A. A mutual spiritual indwelling; a reciprocal abiding; the closest fellowship and communion possible (1 John 4:12-16)
    B. We can be bold by conforming our lives to His (1 John 4:17; 1 Timothy 6:11; Ephesians 5:1-2)
    C. There is no fear in love (1 John 4:18; Psalm 111:10)

IV. Practicing God’s love

    A. Selflessly seeking the very best for another person (1 John 4:19)
    B. Love for the brethren flows from a love for God (1 John 4:20)
    C. You cannot love God if you do not love your Christian family (1 John 4:21)

The Encouragement We Receive (Ephesians 6:21-24)

The Encouragement We Receive Ephesians 6:21-24

Ephesians 6:21-24

I. From friends (Ephesians 6:21-22)

    A. Seeing old friends who have been away for some time (Acts 20:4; Ephesians 6:21; Colossians 4:7)
    B. Good news about friends (Ephesians 6:22; Philippians 1:12-14)

II. From God (Ephesians 6:23-24; 1:2-3)

    A. Peace (1 Peter 3:10-11; Romans 12:18; Ephesians 2:14; Matthew 5:9)
    B. Love with faith (James 2:22; 1 John 5:3; 2 John 6; 2 Thessalonians 1:3)
    C. Grace (Romans 6:23; Isaiah 59:2; John 3:16; John 14:23)

Saul and Ananias (Acts 9:1-19)

Saul and Ananias Acts 9

Acts 9:1-19

I. Saul of Tarsus

    A. A very religious man (Acts 7:58; 8:1, 3; Philippians 3:5-6; Acts 23:1)
    B. On fire for God, but misunderstood God (Acts 9:1-2; Matthew 7:21-23)
    C. Saul needed a heavenly intervention (Acts 9:3-9)

II. Ananias

    A. “A certain disciple” (Acts 9:10), willing to do what the Lord commands (Isaiah 6:8)
    B. Ananias’s hesitation (Acts 9:11-14)
    C. The Lord explains (Acts 9:15-16; Isaiah 62:2)
    D. Jesus said, “Go!”…and Ananias went (Acts 9:17-19)

The Energy We Employ (Ephesians 6:18-20)

The Energy We Employ Ephesians 6:18-20

Ephesians 6:18-20

I. Prayer (Ephesians 6:18-19)

    A. Paul’s prayers (Colossians 1:9; Philippians 1:9; 2 Corinthians 13:7)
    B. Paul encouraged prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:1-4)
    C. When should we pray? (Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
    D. For whom should we pray? (Ephesians 6:19; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; James 1:5; Matthew 6:9-13)

II. Perception (Ephesians 6:18b)

    A. Gideon’s army (Judges 7:5-7)
    B. Keep your eyes open so you’re not taken by surprise (1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 5:15-16)
    C. Be watchful for opportunities to do good (Galatians 6:9-10)

III. Persuasiveness (Ephesians 6:19b-20)

    A. Peter and John’s boldness (Acts 4:8-13)
    B. Paul’s boldness (Acts 20:27; Romans 1:16; 2 Timothy 4:2)

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-39)

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch Acts 8

Acts 8:26-39

I. The providence of God (Acts 8:26-29)

    A. God provided the right teacher (Philip) for the student (the eunuch)
    B. Philip and the eunuch ended up in the same place at the same time
    C. The eunuch was reading from Isaiah 53

II. The value of questions (Acts 8:30-34)

    A. “Do you understand what you are reading?”
    B. “How can I, unless someone guides me?”
    C. “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?”

III. Philip “preached Jesus to him” (Acts 8:35-39)

    A. Preaching Jesus includes preaching about baptism
    B. Preaching Jesus produces joy when one obeys

God is Merciful

God Is Merciful

I. David – “a man after My own heart” (Acts 13:22)

    A. David’s sin (2 Samuel 11:1-27; 12:9-12)
    B. David’s repentance (2 Samuel 12:13; Psalm 51:1-4, 10)
    C. God’s mercy (2 Samuel 11:27; 12:13-14)

II. Peter

    A. Peter’s proclaimed loyalty (Matthew 26:31-35)
    B. Peter’s denials (Matthew 26:69-75)
    C. God’s mercy (John 21:15-19)

III. Paul

    A. Paul the persecutor (Acts 8:1-3; 9:1-2; 1 Timothy 1:13a)
    B. God’s mercy (1 Timothy 1:13b, 15-16; Acts 22:16; 2 Timothy 4:8)

The Equipment We Wear (Ephesians 6:13-17)

The Equipment We Wear Ephesians 6

Ephesians 6:13-17

I. Questions about wearing the whole armor of God

    A. Why? (Ephesians 6:13)
    B. Stand against what or whom? (Acts 20:29, 30, 38; Ephesians 2:1-5; 4:17-24; 4:1-3)

II. Defensive weapons

    A. Gird your waist with truth (Ephesians 6:14a; John 8:32)
    B. Breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14b; 1 Timothy 6:11; Romans 3:10, 23; 1 Corinthians 1:30)
    C. Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Peter 3:15; Acts 8:4)
    D. Shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16; Hebrews 11:1, 6; Romans 10:17)
    E. Helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17a)

III. The offensive weapon

    A. The sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17b)
    B. Use it properly (2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 4:12)

The Gospel Spreads Beyond Jerusalem (Acts 8:4-24)

The Gospel Spreads Beyond Jerusalem Acts 8

Acts 8:4-24

I. The responsibility of every Christian to evangelize

    A. It wasn’t the apostles who scattered and preached outside Jerusalem (Acts 8:1, 4; Colossians 1:23)
    B. A perpetual commission (Hebrews 5:12-14; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2)

II. The gospel is for all mankind

    A. Not just those who look and act like us (Acts 8:5; John 4:9, 20, 25)
    B. The reaction (Acts 8:6-7, 12) was joyous (Acts 8:8, 39; 16:34; 15:3)
    C. It is even for those that we don’t think will obey (Acts 8:9-13)

III. The possibility of apostasy…and restoration!

    A. Simon shows immaturity (Acts 8:14-19)
    B. Peter’s rebuke (Acts 8:20-23)
    C. Simon’s opportunity to repent (Acts 8:22, 24)

“I Am The Light Of The World” (John 8:12)

I am the Light of the World John 8:12

John 8:12

I. Jesus is a progressive light

    A. We must follow, not stand still (John 1:43; Matthew 4:18-19; 9:9; Luke 9:23-25; John 6:68)
    B. He provided guidance in the Old Testament (Exodus 13:21)
    C. He still provides guidance today (1 John 1:7; 2 John 9)

II. Jesus is a light of safety

    A. Darkness represents spiritual danger (John 12:35)
    B. Jesus’ light guides each step of the way (Psalm 119:105)

III. Jesus is a life-giving light

    A. If you take man away from the Son’s light, man will stop growing! (John 1:4; 10:10b)
    B. Jesus’ effect on spiritual health (James 1:14-15; Malachi 4:2)

IV. Jesus is a light of hope

    A. Old Testament view on immortality (Hebrews 11:13; 2 Samuel 12:23; Job 14:14)
    B. He has “brought life and immortality to light” (2 Timothy 1:10; Ephesians 2:12-13; 5:8-14)

Stephen: Uncompromising Devotion (Acts 6-7)

Stephen Uncompromising Devotion Acts 6 Acts 7

Acts 6-7

I. Full of faith

    A. A principal characteristic (Acts 6:5, 8)
    B. Faith is the foundation (2 Peter 1:5-8; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:36-37)

II. Full of power

    A. “Great wonders and signs” (Acts 6:8; 1 Corinthians 13:8-10; Mark 16:20)
    B. Wouldn’t it be easier to evangelize today with miracles? (John 20:30; Acts 6:9, 11-13; 7:54, 59-60; Luke 16:19-31)

III. Full of Scripture

    A. He knew it! (Acts 7)
    B. We can know it too! (Ephesians 5:17-21; Colossians 3:16)

IV. Full of light

    A. They could not deny who Stephen stood with (Acts 6:15)
    B. True Christians cannot help but shine the light of Jesus (Matthew 5:14-16; Philippians 2:15)

V. Full of wisdom

    A. Insurmountable wisdom (Acts 6:3, 10; 7:57)
    B. Through the Scriptures (2 Timothy 4:3-4; 3:15)

VI. Full of courage

    A. Stood up to the opponents of truth (Acts 7:51-56)
    B. We must stand for truth regardless of consequences (Galatians 4:16; Romans 1:16; Ephesians 4:15)

VII. Full of love

    A. “Do not charge them with this sin” (Acts 7:57-60)
    B. The attitude of Jesus (Luke 23:34) and Paul (Romans 9:3; 10:1)