When God Breaks Through
ACTS 4 - 5
Central Idea -- The supernatural acts of God are designed to confirm His providential involvement in our every day lives.
INTRODUCTION: Things are not like they used to be. Consider the following:
- The face value of the 2007 Super Bowl tickets is $700 and $600. At Super Bowl I in Los Angeles, the face value of tickets was $12, $10 and $6.
- The cost of a 30-second commercial during the 2007 Super Bowl is $2,600,000. The cost of a 30-second commercial during the first Super Bowl, in 1967, was $42,000.
- The share for each player on the team that wins the 2007 Super Bowl is $73,000. The players on the losing team receive $38,000. In Super Bowl I, the winners' share was $15,000 and the losers' share was $7,500.
Things are not like they used to be in the church either. The Church is built on the foundation of the Apostles and prophets and we look at what the church did in the book of Acts as a precedent for what we do today. For instance, the New Testament church assembled on the first day of the week, Sunday (Acts 20:7), and therefore WE assemble for worship on the first day of the week.
However, as I was studying through the book of Acts something was nagging at me and I finally realized what it was. It was the fact that there is a lot of activity going on in the book of Acts that is NOT a pattern or a precedent for the church today...namely the supernatural activity. The book of Acts is CRAMMED FULL with supernatural activity. You have signs and wonders and healings and angelic jail-breaks and divine smack-downs and holy earth-quakes and I'm thinking...that kind of stuff just doesn't happen today. What are we supposed to make of it all? What are we supposed to learn from it all? What am I supposed to SAY about it all?
There are basically two options. Option one is to fake it. That's right, fake it. Try to manufacture some counterfeit versions of supernatural activity and simply CLAIM ...
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