Special Touch for a Specific Task
November 28, 2004
INTRODUCTION: Phillips Brooks wrote, "Pray to be stronger men and women. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks."
Augustine's wise words, "Pray as though everything depends on God, and work as though everything depended on you."
R.A. Torrey wrote, "Pray for great things, expect great things, work for great things, but above all – pray."
In what was to become a recurring theme in church history, opposition and persecution only made the church grow stronger. As He had done with Joseph (Gen. 50:20), God took the evil intentions of men and used them for His own purposes.
Genesis 50:20, "But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive."
Peter and John had been taken before the Jewish Supreme Court (Sanhedrin) of the first century. They were arrested for two reasons:
1. Preaching an Exclusive Salvation – Jesus Christ alone
2. Living as Extraordinary Saints
a. They loved Jesus
b. Had the world on their hearts
c. Were bold witnesses
d. Cared for the down-and-out
e. Loved fellowship with one another
f. Had changed lives as evidence that their message was authentic
g. They held their possessions loosely in case someone had a need
h. They believed God ruled in the affairs of man
I. WHAT IS DISPLAY IN THEIR RELEASE. 23
A. FAMILY. 23a
"went to their own companions" – (company); expresses what is one's own. Used in John 1:11, "He comes to His own" (His own things or domain)
John 1:11 goes on to say, "and His own did not receive Him" (Jesus' physical lineage; the Jews))
Proverb says, "Birds of a feather flock together."
When restraints are removed we gravitate to our own people. That is one of the incidental proofs that we love the Lord; we love His people.
B. UNITY. 23b
A primary benefit of perse ...
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