Turning Our City Right-Side Up by Ernest Easley

Turning Our City Right-Side Up
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Acts 17:1-6
October 19, 2003

In Acts 17 .. you find the kind of vision and vitality needed today to reach our community for Christ. Paul and Silas were on their Second missionary journey. They had left Philippi where they saw at least three people come to faith in Christ.

There was Lydia who had a tender heart. There was a Slave Girl who had a tormented heart. And there was a Jailor who had a tough heart! And though they had very different backgrounds .. they had something in common! They all needed their sins forgiven and their souls saved! They all needed a touch from Jesus.

Aren't you glad that the gospel is for everybody?

Aren't you glad that God is not willing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance?

Aren't you glad that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life?

I know that those two missionaries .. Paul and Silas .. were glad! In fact .. they were so happy in Jesus that they headed to the city of Thessalonica to share Jesus with them.

Now in Acts 17.6 .. we find an interesting statement said about their influence. Verse 6b, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here too." What they didn't realize was that the world was already upside down. When you turn something upside down that is already upside down .. you turn it right side up!

This world was turned upside down when Adam introduced sin to mankind and it has been operating upside down ever since. That is why life never works right. When it's all said and done ... everything seems to fall apart: life falls apart .. marriage falls apart .. relationships fall apart .. because you are living in an upside down world!

But oh ... when Jesus steps into your life .. He turns it all right side up! And when your life gets turned right side up .. it's then you experience peace and joy and cont ...

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