"THE IDEAL CHRISTIAN LIFE"
INTRODUCTION: What does it mean to be a Cli-iestiari? The ideal
Christian life would present 1i% a standard of perfection or
excellence, genuine, real, with no pretense at all. Here are
some things you will face and confront, and will be a threat
to you as aChristian.
T.S.: The text relates to us five events that take place
within our lives:
1. THE INTIMIDATION OF SATAN.(Vs. 1-4)
Exp: Herod the King-was grandson of Herod the Great who
killed all babies in Jesus' time. He was also the
nephew of Herod Antipas who beheaded John the Baptist.,
Herod the King-had James killed with a sword and he
saw how it pleased the Jews so he set his siglhts on
Peter! He had him arrested and guarded prior to his
planned death after the Passover!
Ill: Satan always tries to intimidate God's people-The
children of Isael in bondage--others were persecuted,
threats made, mocking them, false accusations
anything to scare them and fill them with fear!
App: Today he does so to us by making fun of our faith
and makes us afraid to fail.
*Many Christians and churches are scared to try any-
thing great for God because of the fear of failure!
Ths is Satan's intimidation! (I John 4:4)
2. THE INTERCESSION OF THE CHURCH.(V. 5)
Exp: Peter kept in prison guarded by many soldiers. The ;
church, his friends, responded by praying. Fervently
App: How do we respond to crises? "Well let's go get them'.'
"They'll kill Peter as they did James" NOTICE: They
did not react to the situation!
They responded by standing in the gap--intercessory
prayer! Who are you praying for today?
Ill: Church called to prayer--Crusade!
3. THE INTERVENTION OF GOD.(VS. 6-11)
Exp: Peter was chained in cell guarded by soldiers--angel
appeared in light and stuck him in side and said
get up and follow me. Chains fell off!
Peter tl(ouglIt he w~is 1-I vi i)Il !i--Passed by first and
second guiard! He came to an iron gate and it opened by ...
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