Changed Life Sets Stage for the Gospel
August 29, 2004
INTRODUCTION: The greatest testimony to the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a changed life.
John 20:30-31, "And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name."
Acts 3 records the story of a hopeless man "looking for life in all the wrong places."
In the 1970's I became familiar with the music of Keith Green. Not many years later, he was killed in a plane crash. I am told that before he became a Christian there was a rival between Keith and Donnie Osborne. When Donnie Osborne won the day, so to speak, great depression set in on Keith's life. At that time, someone shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with him and this song, later recorded by Eddie Carswell and Billy Goodwin, became his story.
I. THE HEALING OF THE LAME MAN. 1-8
v.1 The Jews had 3 times of prayer per day: morning, 3
P.M., and sunset. The new Jewish believers were still committed to the temple and to the traditional hours of prayer. It was their custom to go to the temple frequently.
"Peter and John went up together" – they had been mutual partners in a fishing business before their call as disciples.
With John's brother, James, they made up the inner circle of the 12. Peter and John were the first of the disciples to visit the tomb after the resurrection. In Acts we see them traveling and ministering together.
They were different, but together. Calvary had brought these men into closer relationship with each other.
John Phillips –
Peter was a doer - John was a dreamer
Peter was a motivator - John was a mystic
Peter had his feet on the rock - John had his head in the clouds
Peter would point to John and demand of the Lord, "and what shall this man do?" (John 21:21)
John woul ...
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