Acts – The Gospel Advances Through The Extraordinary Power of God
Big Idea: The Gospel Advances Through the Extraordinary Power of God
1. Power Defined
2. Power Abused
3. The True Source of Power
1. Trust that God’s use of power led to our salvation.
2. Use our divinely delegated power (wealth, influence, job, resources) for the flourishing of others for the glory of God.
Jesus Christ, God himself, knew that true power wasn’t found in overpowering people but in serving other and laying down your life in order to empower them. Out of his great love for humanity He healed the sick, fed the hungry and gave power to those had it robbed from them. His gospel threatened the power fo those who had power, as a result they crucified him, nailing him to a cross. And on that cross passers by mocked him saying that if he really was God, if he really was powerful, he should come off that cross. He should manipulate things in his favor for his own gain. But it took more power to stay on that cross than to come down because by doing so he died and was resurrected three days later so that anyone who places their faith in him as their Lord and Savior will have their abuses of power forgiven and they will inherit true, eternal life. Jesus, by giving up his power, gave us true life and true flourishing. And so Christ calls each of his followers to do the same, he tells us in Matthew 20:26-28, “But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” And the measure that we trust in Christ and his way of using power is the measure that we will be able to imitate him to bring human flourishing through his power and in his name. Modern examples of this are parents who lovingly and self sacrificially raise their children up in the Lord. Or teachers who self-sacrificially wake up early and go to bed late in order to serve their students so they can get a fantastic education