Christ in All the Book of Acts (34 of 37) by John Barnett

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Christ in All the Book of Acts (34 of 37)
Series: Christ in All the Scripture
John Barnett

A few years ago Bonnie and I were at a huge garage sale called the world for sale in Southern California. Members of Grace Church had been encouraged to drop off anything saleable in a large parking lot. Thousands of items placed in long rows for a fund raising sale for the college class missions trip. At the sale something happened which has deeply impacted my life.

This is the scene. We are at the gate on Saturday morning with literally hundreds of others many of them unsaved residents of the area around the church. The gate opened and people rushed in to grab their treasures to buy. Along one side a whole bank of electrical outlets had been set up for people to test out their purchases. The book tables were nearby, so as I looked at books for an hour I could hear people plugging in appliances.

The first sound I heard that morning was an Oriental couple plugging in an old radio. On it came with the sweet strains of gospel music from a local station. Did you catch that? Out of hundreds of items, when that radio (formerly owned by a member of the church) was picked up it was already tuned to a Christian station, all it needed was power and the message came out.

There are the two themes of the Book of Acts: first, Christians in the 1st Century were tuned in to Christ. Secondly, all they needed was the power to come on and out came the message! Isn't that what we need to ask ourselves as we study this book ? Are we tuned in to Christ? Are we plugged into the power source?

To show you what I mean, look at Acts 1:8
"But you shall receive power (they were plugged in to the power source) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me (they were tuned in to Christ) in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

Turn over to Acts 5:20
"Go, stand in the temple (by the power of being plugged into the Ho ...

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