A Faith That Does Save by Miles Seaborn

No. 1637
BBC. 9/28/86 p.m.

"THE FAITH THAT DOES SAVE"
ACTS 8:25-40
Miles Seaborn

Intro: Jesus' instructions to His early church formed on the day of Pentecost
was to call out a body of believers that was to take his message of salvation
unto all the world. cts 1:8)

Step 1 - Begin in Jerusalem. Peter, James, John and others filled the city
with the good news until all the city was in an uproar. Church fell
into persecution. Stephen was stoned to death because of his powerful
sermon and the Christians were scattered everywhere and they told
everyone about Jesus.

Step 2 Judea/Samaria. Acts 8:4, "Philip went down to Samaria and pro-

Step 3 Uttermost parts of the earth. Acts 8:26. Church reaches out.

We saw that whenever the gospel is preached, two things happen. Men either
reject Christ or receive Christ as Savior and Lord.( The true and the false,
Acts 8:9-24. The faith that does not save!

I. WRONG VIEW OF SELF. 9-11

His claim, his fame.

II. WRONG VIEW OF SALVATION - vv. 12-13

The people believed/baptized
Simon believed, baptized, continued, amazed by miracles

III.WRONG VIEW OF THE SPIRIT - 14-21
Receiving the word of God - 13-14
Receiving the Holy Spirit - 15-17

IV. WRONG VIEW OF SIN. 22:24

Peter's rebuke, Simon’s evasion. No repentance, only that terrible
things would fall on him.

NOW LOOK AT THE FAITH THAT SAVES

In the Old Testament Israel was supposed to reach the Gentiles, were to be a
channel not a , but they got trapped on two extremes. One was a
separatistic nationalism where they didn't want any Gentiles having anything to
do with their God. This is perfectly illustrated by Jonah who asked God to kill
him because he couldn’t tolerate the Gentile revival in Ninevah. But you have
the other extreme too. It if wasn’t separatistic nationalism, then it was such

Faith Saves/2

a mixture that they corrupted their own faith. or example. they brought in Baal
worship. They couldn't seem to find the h ...


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