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Having Confidence in the Gospel

July 7, 2019

 

 

SERMON NOTES

 

Having Confidence in the Gospel 

Acts 2:29-39 (ESV)


"29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,


        “‘The Lord said to my Lord,
       “Sit at my right hand,
35      until I make your enemies your footstool.”’


36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”


37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”

 

1. Confidence in the Word (vv.29-31)

 

“29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.”

 

2. Confidence in the Power (vv.32-36)

 

“32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,


        “‘The Lord said to my Lord,
        “Sit at my right hand,
35       until I make your enemies your footstool.”’


36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

 

3. Confidence in the Promise (vv.37-39)

 

“37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”


“Repentance is not just regret. They had already been cut to the heart. And now Peter says, "Repent!" Repentance is more than feeling sorry. It means following through on that conviction and turning around—changing your mind and your heart so that you are no longer at odds with God but in sync with God.”-John Piper

 

 

 

LIFEGROUP NOTES

 

Having Confidence in the Gospel! 

Acts 2:29-39

 

Sunday’s message showed us how Peter’s confidence in the Gospel allowed him to preach boldly!  When I think through the whole of scripture, there is one passage that stands out regarding boldness and confidence in GOD--that is the story of Elijah and the Prophets of Baal.

 

Today we will study this story from 1 Kings 18:20-40. This passage was chosen because of its inclusion in the Old Testament and when combined with Sunday’s passage (from the New Testament) demonstrates to us that confidence in GOD, whether preaching the message of a sovereign GOD (1 Kings) or of a crucified Christ (in Acts 2), is a ubiquitous theme throughout all of scripture.

 

Turn to this passage and read aloud as a group. Below is a list that illustrates Elijah’s boldness throughout this situation. Discuss each as a group and answer the following two questions about each item on the list: a) What makes each action on this list bold? b) How would you have responded to each in the same situation?

 

(1) He is drastically outnumbered (v22).


(2) All the other prophets of God had been executed by Jezebel (v4).



(3) Elijah mocks the prophets of Baal (v27).

(4) Elijah set up a scenario where God had to respond--if not, Elijah would be killed.


Stacking the Competition in Baal’s favor


(5) It was Elijah praying vs 450 prophets of Baal (v22)


(6) Elijah let them go first

(7) Elijah made his altar more difficult by pouring a large amount of water on the altar (v33-34)
 

 

Impact Statement:


A deficient faith is a huge problem in our Christian culture--for Pastors and ministers, as well as families and communities of the Christian faith. Often times we feel like we need to apologize for God--we feel like we need to handle our problems on our own or at least minimize them and make them smaller so that God can handle them.  We definitely don't want to make the problem more difficult--because we certainly do not want to put ourselves in the position to be embarrassed. But this is not the model that we see from Elijah--he was ALL IN! Elijah was bold and unrelenting in his proclamation of the one true GOD.  Elijah did not seek to minimize his exposure as a follower of GOD--he made every effort to be bold and vulnerable in his submission to GOD.  We often want to secure God’s provision on our own instead of placing our faith in Him in a radical and bold way! Sunday’s sermon and today’s study have provided two great examples from which we can see and learn how to have bold expectations for our God!
 

 

 

 

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