Right priorities create space for great opportunities

Here are my notes from Pastor Kev’s message at Hebron Church last Sunday. I hope you got as much from the message as I did.

Let’s boldly and compassionately live for Christ!

Now Peter and John were going up together to the temple complex at the hour of prayer at three in the afternoon. And a man who was lame from birth was carried there and placed every day at the temple gate called Beautiful, so he could beg from those entering the temple complex. (Acts 3:1, 2 HCSB)

For Peter & John, prayer was a priority. Is it for you?
Right priorities create space for great opportunities.
Hurry is the archenemy of intimacy.

When he saw Peter and John about to enter the temple complex, he asked for help. Peter, along with John, looked at him intently and said, “Look at us.” So he turned to them, expecting to get something from them. But Peter said, “I don’t have silver or gold, but what I have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk! ” Then, taking him by the right hand he raised him up, and at once his feet and ankles became strong. So he jumped up, stood, and started to walk, and he entered the temple complex with them — walking, leaping, and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God, and they recognized that he was the one who used to sit and beg at the Beautiful Gate of the temple complex. So they were filled with awe and astonishment at what had happened to him. (Acts 3:3-10 HCSB)

See the opportunities that are right in front of you.
Yes, it takes sacrifice of time and energy to invest in others.
Peter & John didn’t have much to offer. But what they did have, they gave him. God miraculously healed him!
People were filled with awe and astonishment when they saw life change!
Let people know what God has done in our lives.
He is the God that makes all things new. If He did it for me he can do it for you!
Pray and ask God to help you to see Him at work in such a way that you are in awe.

While he was holding on to Peter and John, all the people, greatly amazed, ran toward them in what is called Solomon’s Colonnade. When Peter saw this, he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this? Or why do you stare at us, as though we had made him walk by our own power or godliness? The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you handed over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you. You killed the source of life, whom God raised from the dead; we are witnesses of this. By faith in His name, His name has made this man strong, whom you see and know. So the faith that comes through Him has given him this perfect health in front of all of you. (Acts
3:11-16
HCSB)

One opportunity leads to the next opportunity.
Peter immediately pointed the man and all the people to Jesus.
If you are looking to anyone besides Jesus to meet your needs, you are looking in the wrong place.

“And now, brothers, I know that you did it in ignorance, just as your leaders also did. But what God predicted through the mouth of all the prophets — that His Messiah would suffer — He has fulfilled in this way. Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus, who has been appointed for you as the Messiah. Heaven must welcome Him until the times of the restoration of all things, which God spoke about by the mouth of His holy prophets from the beginning. (Acts
3:17-21
HCSB)

Peter calls them to repent so that their sins can be forgiven.
Seasons of refreshing come after you repent. Do you need to spend time in confession and repentance today?

Moses said: The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your brothers. You must listen to Him in everything He will say to you. And everyone who will not listen to that Prophet will be completely cut off from the people. “In addition, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those after him, have also announced these days. You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, saying to Abraham, And all the families of the earth will be blessed through your offspring. God raised up His Servant and sent Him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways.” (Acts 3:22-26 HCSB)

Jesus is the Prophet who comes to reveal God to us.

Now as they were speaking to the people, the priests, the commander of the temple police, and the Sadducees confronted them, because they were provoked that they were teaching the people and proclaiming the resurrection from the dead, using Jesus as the example. So they seized them and put them in custody until the next day, since it was already evening. But many of those who heard the message believed, and the number of the men came to about 5,000. (Acts 4:1-4 HCSB)

The opportunities continue.
Sometimes great opportunity involves great risk.
The results of life-change in Jesus is life-change by Jesus.
When Peter & John were persecuted for their faith, the gospel spread greatly! Persecution led to salvations.

The next day, their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John and Alexander, and all the members of the high-priestly family. After they had Peter and John stand before them, they asked the question: “By what power or in what name have you done this? ” Then Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders: If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a disabled man — by what means he was healed — let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene — whom you crucified and whom God raised from the dead — by Him this man is standing here before you healthy. This Jesus is the stone rejected by you builders, which has become the cornerstone. There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.” (Acts 4:5-12 HCSB)

Peter opened his mouth boldly to speak about Jesus changing lives.
People need to hear about how Jesus has changed our lives.
Tell this good news to the next generation.
Salvation is found in no other name than Jesus.

When they observed the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and recognized that they had been with Jesus. (Acts
4:13 HCSB)

You see four things displayed in Peter and John’s lives. The next generation needs to see these things in us:

  • Boldness
  • Authenticity
  • Available to be used by God in extraordinary ways
  • They recognized that these men had been with Jesus

Remember:

Faithful attendance at church is not enough.
We must invest in the next generation.
We must boldly, authentically walk with the Lord.
We must share the gospel with others.

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