by Jeff Schreve

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Series: Rock your World
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Acts 4:23-31

If you have your Bibles, please turn Acts chapter 4, Acts chapter 4. We're starting a new series tonight entitled, "Rock Your World."

I was thinking about the early church. You know, when you read through the gospel, you'll find that there was great excitement when Jesus was at the height of His ministry, when He was preaching and teaching and healing and just tons of miracles. And the people would follow Him. And they'd come out and they'd stay all day, and at the end of the day, He'd have to shoo them away. And Peter and James and John and Andrew and all the twelve disciples were so excited. And then, things didn't take place the way they thought they should take place. Obviously, Judas Iscariot didn't like the way things were going. He betrayed Jesus. You see, they wanted Jesus, Judas, especially. Simon, who was a Zealot, they wanted Jesus. And they thought Jesus was going to be, the king and take over and dethrone Rome, and Israel was going to be the power once again, and God's Messiah was here. But what they missed was the fact that the Bible speaks of the two comings of Jesus - the first coming as a humble servant who died for the sins of the people; the second coming as the reigning king. And so they got that confused. And when things didn't go quite the way they thought, especially in Judas? mind, he turned on Jesus. He betrayed Jesus. And when Jesus was arrested, the guys scattered. And then, when Jesus was being tried, Peter denied that he even knew Jesus because he was scared.

Well, after they nailed Jesus to the cross, the disciples got together behind locked doors. They were very afraid of the Jews. They thought, Hey, our leader has just been crucified. We're probably next. And so they were afraid, scared to death. But when Jesus rose from the dead, they didn't even want to believe that. They couldn't believe that. And when they finally saw Him, and when t ...

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