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I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel (13 of 16)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: ACTS
Steve N. Wagers
November 4, 2007
1. His Commitment to Share It!
A) The Word Rejected
B) The Word Received
C) The Word Resented
1) A Strange Messenger
2) A Supernatural Message
a) Jesus the Ruling One
b) Jesus the Redeeming One
c) Jesus the Righteous One
2. His Conviction to Show It!
A) He Embraces the Promise of God
B) He Establishes the Purpose of God
C) He Experiences the Power of God
The story is told of a young Christian man who received his military draft notice and was facing induction into the army. The young man's father, who had been a soldier himself, knew his son would face ridicule, harassment, and persecution for being a Christian in the rough world of an army barracks. Dad wanted to prepare his son for army life, so just before the young man left for boot camp, his dad told him about the trials he might have to face as a Christian.
The young man went off with great fear and trembling. After he had been is basic training for a few weeks, he got a call from his father asking him how things were going, and what he had experienced as a Christian. He said, "Things are going great, Dad! I haven't had any trouble at all. Fortunately, no one has found out yet that I'm a Christian."
In his classic work, "Practical Religion," J. C. Ryle gave these priceless words:
"A zealous man is pre-eminently a man of one thing. It is not enough to say that he is earnest, hearty, uncompromising, through-going, whole-hearted, or fervent in spirit. He only sees one thing; he only cares for one thing; he only lives for one thing; he is only swallowed up in one thing; and, that one thing is to please God!
Whether he lives, or whether he dies; whether he has health, or whether he has sickness; whether he is rich, or whether he is poor; whether he pleases man, or whether he gives offense, whether he is though wise, or wheth ...
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