In every case of conversion, a change occurred, but in some cases the change was more apparent. Since change is what God expects in us (Rom 8:28-30; 12:1-2), what must we do to change? And, how can we help to change others too?
I. CHARACTERS (Acts 3:1-3)
- Victory: Peter and John (Acts 2:14-47 — Joel 2:28-32; Isa 2:1-4; Dan 2:44-45)
- Defeat: Lame beggar (Luke 16:19-31; Mark 10:46-52)
II. A CASE OF CHANGE
- Focus: Name of Jesus Christ (Acts 3:4–6; — 2 Tim 2:14; 1 Cor 2:1-2)
- Rely: Power of Jesus Christ (Acts 3:7–11)
- Trust: Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 3:12-26 — Rom 1:16; 1 Cor 1:21)
III. HOW TO CHANGE
- Yourself: Stay alert to your greatest need (salvation, focus, rely, trust)
- Others: Stay alert to their needs (body and spirit)
Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
“Therefore, repent and return [be converted], so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19).
Through prayer we maintain a sense of dependence on God. Prayer is something we must be taught to do, and we need continual reminders to pray and to refine our abilities to pray. We should greatly desire to approach God in the manner – and with the words – that He longs to hear from us.
A. He is emphasized (Psalm 105:1–5)
B. He is approached (1 Tim 6:15–16; Heb 4:14-16)
A. Yielding to His word (John 15:7)
B. Yielding to His will (1 John 5:14)
C. Yielding to His discipline (Psalm 143:7–10)
A. A heart’s desire (Romans 10:1)
B. A friend with friend (Jas 2:23)
C. A parent with child (John 3:1)
A. Laboring with Christ (Matt 12:30)
B. Laboring with the church (Rom 15:30; Col 4:12; Acts 12:5)
C. Laboring like Christ (Mark 1:35; 14:32-32; 22:31-32; John 17:20-21)
A. Fighting with power (Eph 6:10–17)
B. Fighting with persistence (Eph 6:18)
C. Fighting with the Commander (Heb 2:9-11)
Revelation 1:1-20. The Book of Revelation shows us that Jesus is at the center of everything. We can’t have a proper view of the world, or of the church, until we have a clear view of Him (Rev 1:1, 4, 11). When we finally do see Him clearly, the pressure to conform to the ever-fluctuating standards of this world will be released.
I. JESUS REVEALED: PURPOSE
A. To brace the church against persecution (Rev 2:10)
B. To warn the church of false teaching (Rev 2:14–16)
C. To threaten the impenitent with rejection (Rev 2:20–21)
II. JESUS REVEALED: POWER
A. Faithful Witness (Rev 1:5; John 18:37; 1 Tim 6:13)
B. Firstborn of the dead (Rev 1:5, 18; Matt 27; Heb 7:15-16)
C. Ruler of the kings of the earth (Rev 1:5; 19:11–16; Matt 28:18)
D. Awe and Fear inspiring (Rev 1:12-16)
III. JESUS REVEALED: APPLICATION
A. Appreciate what HE has done (Rev 1:5-6)
B. Appreciate what HE will do (Rev 1:7–8)
C. Appreciate what HE wants to do (Rev 1:17; Matt 11:28-30)
This image of the Lord should make us consider how we are living.
He comforts us, but He evaluate us too (Rev 20).
Are you in His Kingdom?
Isaiah 6:1-13. God commands respect and honor for leaders (1 Pet 2:17; Rom 13:7). Our national anthem, however, leans toward honoring veterans. People may not wish to honor leaders or veterans, but one day ALL will honor God. Let us petition God that ALL might know the truth about Him now (1 Tim 2:1–4). The vision Yahweh (God, the LORD) gave Isaiah ought to shape everyone’s view of God, the world and ourselves.
I. GOD IS HOLY
A. God is ON His throne (Isa 6:1-4; Ezek 1:22-28; Rev 4:1-11)
B. God is HOLY on His throne (Isa 6:3; Exo 15:11; 1 Sam 2:2; Rev 15:4; Isa 40:23–25)
II. MAN IS LOWLY
A. Sin must be exposed (Isa 1-5)
B. Sin must be confessed (Isa 6:5)
- God’s nearness to man drives some away (John 3:17–21)
- Man’s nearness to God gives clarity to sin (Rev 1:17; Dan 10:8)
C. Sin must be cleansed (Isa 6:6–7; Isa 53:5–6; Eph 1:7; Col 1:21–22; Heb 10:9–10)
III. GOD WILL PARDON
A. Ready to serve-up (Isa 6:8)
B. Ready to bear-up (Isa 6:9-13)
Confess your faith in Jesus Christ (Rom 10:9-10).
Repent of your sins and to be baptized into the Name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:36-38)
That is an invitation to be cleansed and made holy as God is holy.
There’s one characteristic seen in the “personality” of every generation. The ever-present need to COMPLAIN about something.
I. WARNING (1 Cor 10:1–12)
A. In adversity (Num 11:1)
B. In fear (Num 14:36-37)
C. In leadership (Num 16:25-33; 41-49)
D. In God (Num 21:1-20; cf. Phil 2:14–15; Jas 5:9)
A. Destroying joy (Psa 105:42–43; cf. 5:11–12; 9:2; 16:11; 32:10–11; 64:10; 100:2; 118:24; 122:1)
B. Destroying morale (Num 13:1-2; Deut 1:20-23; Num 14:1-4; Deut 1:26–28)
C. Destroying progress (Deut 1:34–35; 2:1; cf. Phil 2:14–16)
A. Set your sight on Heaven.
B. Expect disappointment along the way.
C. Love your manna and quail.
Joy, even in sorrow and adversity, is how a Christian must approach the presence of God.
(Phil 3:1; 4:4-5; Psa 126:5; 100:1-2)