The Mighty God Who Changes Lives
December 11, 2005
INTRODUCTION: Billy Graham wrote on the subject, "God in Human Form." The argument was concerning the proof that Jesus Christ is God.
QUESTION: What proofs did Jesus offer that He was truly God come in human form?
First – There was the proof of His perfect life. He could ask, "Which of you convicts me of sin?" (John 8:46) and no one could answer!
Second – There was the evidence of His miraculous power. His power was the power of God Almighty.
Third – There was the evidence of fulfilled prophecy. Hundreds of years before His birth, the prophets of the Old Testament spoke precisely of His death and resurrection.
Fourth – There was the evidence of His resurrection from the dead.
Fifth – There is the proof of changed lives. Christ alone, the divine Son of God, has power to change the human heart. And He does.
Faith in Christ – is not a "leap in the dark." It is based on the solid facts of Christ's life, death, and resurrection. Thank God we have a solid foundation in Him!
In Acts 15, the first century church is called back to Jerusalem, the birth place of the church, to discuss how someone's life can be changed for all eternity. The Jerusalem Council is not only the church's first counsel in its history, but it also serves as its most important. It is here that the most vital doctrinal question of all will be answered, "What must a person do to be saved?"
The progress of the gospel has often been hindered by people with closed minds who stand in front of open doors and block the way for others.
In 1786, when William Carey laid the burden of world missions before a ministerial meeting in Northampton, England, the eminent Dr. Ryland said to him, "Young man, sit down! When God pleases to convert the heathen, He will do it without your aid or mine!"
Paul and his associates faced this same challenge at the Jerusalem Conference about 2 ...
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