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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised | Sunday Message (with Jonathan Laurie)

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February 6, 2022 3:00 am

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised | Sunday Message (with Jonathan Laurie)

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February 6, 2022 3:00 am

The early Church was ground zero for the very first “Jesus revolution.” But it wasn’t easy to cause mass revival: it took some bold leaders to proclaim the Good News. In this Sunday morning message,, Pastor Jonathan Laurie, Greg Laurie’s son, shares how the early Church turned its world upside down. Listen in!

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Luke is the only Gentile to have written a book included in our Bibles.

We are the Church, not this stage, not this platform or these walls or this screen. You are the Church! 

Barnabas: The Son of Encouragement.

Simeon: The man who helped Jesus carry the cross.

Lucius of Cyrene: A founder of the Christian Church in Antioch.

Manaen: Was brought up with Herod the Tetrarch.

The church is diverse, multicultural, multiethnic, multigenerational, and unified through believing that Jesus is Savior and Jesus is Lord.

Christianity isn’t about bad people becoming good people, it’s about dead people coming to life.  

“But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him . . .” —Acts 13:9

“The gospel is like a caged lion. It does not need to be defended; it just needs to be let out of its cage.” —C. H. Spurgeon 

You can be made free from all your sin.

Scripture Referenced

Acts 5:28

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Hey there Victor, listening to the great glory part just a ministry supported by harvest partners on Greg Laurie encouraging you if you want to find out more about harvest ministries. To learn more about how to become a harvest partner, just go to harvest.org hey everybody, I'm Jonathan Lori and I can be sharing the message today as we continue in our series in the book of acts which we have titled upside down, living in this is been a really fun time to go through this. This book really an amazing book that chronicles the explosion of the first century church. I titled this message today. The revolution will not be televised. Revolution will not be televised for those either just joining us, and you haven't heard a whole lot of the series. Or maybe this is your first message. Let me give you little context as to what this book is all about. Most of you know acts was written by a guy named Luke. It was the same Luke, who wrote the gospel of Luke.

Luke was not only an investigative author and journalist. He was a physician by trade. In fact, we read that Luke becomes a disciple of the apostle Paul in the book of acts we read about that and we read in three of Paul's letters that Luke was not only just one of the guys that travel along with Paul.

He was actually a close friend and he was a physician. As I mentioned, by trade, and Paul mentions in three different places that Luke is in his company.

Note safe to make the assumption that Luke being a physician, and Paul being, let's say, susceptible to injury. They were a good match for each other multiple times we read that Paul endured many meetings. Meetings all all kinds of different times because of the message that he preached people got upset. Basically Paul would preach would be a revival and then there would be sometimes a revolt and people would freak out and they would beat Paul drag him out of the city beat him halfway to death. He was beaten he was stoned he endured shipwrecks. He had snakes by them in all sorts of other physical trauma that Paul endured as a follower of Jesus, so it must've been super convenient to have Dr. Luke nearby to help diagnose and treat Paul's latest injury to me, though I think one of the most interesting things about the author of our book today.

Acts is that Luke is the only person in all of the Bible who is a Gentile, have a book that he penned included in our Bibles today as we arrive in chapter 13.

Now, in the book of acts. The focus has now shifted from Israel and the Jews in the explosion of the church right there, Ground Zero and the primary focus being on Peter and the Christians in Jerusalem to now from chapters 13 to the end of the book, the focus is almost exclusively on the apostle Paul and to the ends of the earth you ever Jesus last words to the disciples as he ascended into heaven, he told them you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. The first 12 chapters of acts we have seen, the apostles preached in those areas preaching Jesus in those areas in Judea and Samaria, and of course in Jerusalem and those areas.

At this point had just been saturated with the message of the gospel according to Caiaphas, who is the high priest at the time in Jerusalem. He actually said this to the apostles and acts five. He said we strictly charge you not to teach in this name. Speaking of Jesus, and he says yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teachings about have you filled Jerusalem, everybody everywhere knows who Jesus is. They know what he his teachings were. And it's because of you. You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching about it. What an epic complements right that this area was so saturated with the gospel so saturated with the teachings of Jesus that you have people on the outside, testifying as much.

Let's really be our goal as believers and that should be our goal as a church.

The people in the city surrounding where we live in Southern California in Montana in Virginia in Texas in Africa. In Italy, wherever you might live the people would know meant you have made Jesus known to everybody and anybody in the surrounding areas about who Jesus is. You've saturated the surrounding communities with his teachings. The people would testify as much that we have flooded the area with teachings of the Bible. What a great complement. The Caiaphas gave to the apostles. They must've stood up a little bit straighter when they heard that yet we have done our job heavily we saturated the area with the teachings of Jesus. That should be our goal. All of that that happened happened because it was just a small handful of committed Jesus followers.

They were able to do it on their own by the power of the Holy Spirit.

It's really amazing when you think about it, just a very small group of people turn into thousands and tens of thousands and now millions, even billions of people know who Jesus Christ is. It is amazing and this was all before radio it was before TV before you to before social media, they are able to travel across the ancient world before Jets before cars before trains for all of those things.

All they had was the Roman road system which they used to their advantage.

It connected all the major cities in the Roman Empire's and then there was the common language which united all of the ancient world. You could speak to anybody in Greek, a common language. The pre-much everybody spoke about more than that, of course, they had the Holy Spirit of God moving and Pat empowering them and speaking through them so they had that to go as well.

Recently I I got one of those virtual reality headsets and it's pretty crazy on enough you try one before, but they are quite immersive now and so I like to play a friend of mine after our small group have a little Bible study group that we do together on Wednesday nights and sometimes after group will jump on and will throw her headsets on officer he's at his house on the mine and will play miniature golf together pretty fun little game and it's it is Antonio. It's immersive.

It's crazy you feel like you were there you turn around there's a giant when Melody you turn around and there's like this obstacle.

Whatever it might be you feel like you there and so it's fun because not only playing a game, but also talking to each other so touchy quite social will talk about our families were talked about the group that we just had the lesson that we went over and it's super fun and so we get done playing the game we play a whole round of 18 little miniature golf holes and I decide you know what I did get my fix yet. I got to keep playing, so he hops off and I decide I'm in a play quick round of 90 on the front nine and so I decide on in the play that quick round of of nine holes and I'm looking for an option to select I'm not real familiar with the game yet, so I hit click match as I hit click match and immediately transported to this new level and I'm in space now right miniature golf and so you're playing in space and the first hole is a tricky one.

I had to launch my ball up over this thing and into the hole and I knew I was in it and make it why take my first shot. I swing and whom I sunk a hole in one. I couldn't believe how sexy pretty stoked pretty proud of myself was one of the shots that you could like never repeat again was totally accidental actually hit like the wrong thing and then it bounced back and then bouncing and then bounced into the hole was perfect, and out of nowhere somebody behind me says nice shot man and I all I freak out. I thought there is somebody in my house for second and I turn around in the game with my headset on and there's this other guy. There's an avatar.

There I didn't realize I jumped into a match with a completely different person. That was not my friend of never seen this guy before. I don't recognize his username and I realized oh I got quick messed up with the person don't mind you, it's 11 o'clock at night. I've been at work all day. I am not exactly in a social mood. I might ready to go crash right after this and so he told me nice shot and I realize I'm in the way and he wants to pot so I step out of the way and I let him take his shot in for the next nine holes or so.

We banter back and forth and eventually the conversation turns to what you do for work what you do for living and he tells me that he is a nurse and he works in the medical community and then he asked me.

So what you do and I tell them, well, I'm a pastor actually and I work in a Christian church silence silence trade okay and then he starts asking me some questions and we start going back and forth and I'm like so not mentally prepared. I did not have any time to psych myself up to go have a spiritual conversations go witness to somebody, but I tell you what I got to minister to them. I got to tell him about Harbison homemade checkout harvest.org you know on Saturdays and Sundays we have online content along online church that we have great teaching on come check it out sometime daughter know if you ever join us or not, but it was such a cool opportunity to use the tools at my disposal to go and tell somebody about Jesus and I swear to let you know that is you see me standing up here on a stage, and you see my dad's any appear on a stage preaching you might think that that is pastor Greg's job that's pastor Jonathan shall but I want to let you know were all called to do the work of an evangelist were all called to do the work that we see of the apostles doing and and Paul and Luke in these gentlemen that go along with him on his missionary journey were all called to do that work and it is such a privilege is not just for Jonathan or Greg.

It's a job for Thomas. It's a job for Ryan is a job for Luke and Josh and Britney and Mandy and Lindsay and so forth. It's a job for everybody. We are the church.

We are the church.

Not this stage not this platform.these walls not this webpage that you're watching no you are the church and so Jesus he commanded the disciples to go out and preach in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth that part had pretty much been fulfilled.

But now we see Paul enter the scene and he takes this message to the ends of the earth. And so again the first 12 chapters we see really the focus on Peter and the church in Jerusalem and all over there in that area with the apostles, and so forth now in the next 13 chapters 13 all the way to the end of the book we see the focus exclusively almost on Paul and the work that he does in his missionary journeys to the ends of the earth, Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and been saturated now. The focus turns to the ancient world.

I titled this message the revolution will not be televised. Revolution will not be televised.

Were looking at acts 13 starting in verse one. If you'd like to join me, says this and other were those in the church in Antioch profits and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon, who was called Niger, Lucius of styrene Monai in a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. That's an eclectic group of people right there. Will get back that a minute verse two while they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them and then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off was positive for just a moment. Those first three verses are packed with so much good stuff right away were taken to a prayer meeting we see these five guys sitting together there fasting there, praying, they're seeking the Lord in his will and what he would want them to do.

And immediately we see the Holy Spirit speak to them and tell them to lay hands on Saul that he wants Barnabas and Paul or Susie Barnabas and Saul set apart to go to this work. But first, before we jump in and see what the Holy Spirit to do a Barnabas and Saul. Let's look at some of these characters that are in this room quite eclectic. First, we got Barnabas Barnabas's name meant son of encouragement. His his given name was Joseph Sir Joseph and he was given the name by the apostles, son of encouragement, likely because he was a man that encouraged people. He was a man that came along side other people, other believers and help them along in their faith, he assisted the apostles, we read that Barnabas was a landowner and he actually sold this significant plot of land and he took the money and he brought it to the apostles and he wanted them to use it for the proclamation of the gospel to help further the teachings of Jesus. We also know that Barnabas was someone who came alongside Saul and help to vouch for him and be a mentor to Saul and helped him grow in his relationship with Jesus. He vouch for Saul. When Saul wanted to go and meet the apostles in Jerusalem and the apostles are like Saul of Tarsus wants to meet us know were good. Thank you very much Barnabas put his name on light no no no this Saul. He is change you need to meet him. He wants to spend time with you.

So we see Barnabas in that room. The next man we see is a man named Simeon.

We know that he was a black man. He was an African guy likely scholars even speculate that this man Simeon was the same man Simon of styrene, who is the man that carried Jesus cross when Jesus was carrying his cross to Calvary so that's a pretty interesting guy that you got there in the mix, and then you got Lucius Lucius was a guy from styrene. Another area which is in Northern Africa to modern-day Libya off the northern coast of the African continent and then you've got someone by the name of Monai in Monai in the name was this guy who was brought up with Herod the tetrarch, yet Herod Antipas the same guy not just like a lifelong friend like their childhood friends, but more akin to being like a foster brother Jan like he was the adoptive brother by Herod the great, and he grew up with Herod the tetrarch heard the guy who took over his father's position. Now he is the governor of Judea. It was the same Herod who would've executed John the Baptist and asked for his head on a plate. This was not a good do talk about a different choice in life one ends up being the persecutor of the Christians and he's decapitating John the Baptist because of him calling him out for inappropriate relationship that he had and the other guy Monai and he ends up doing what serving the church teaching in the church. Fasting and praying Herod in Monai and making very different choices, so men talk about a diverse crowd your people from different continents, different skin colors different walks of life, different upbringings, different socioeconomic scales and so forth. Really there is not a lot of these guys would have in common right, but there they have the most important thing in common and that is the relationship with Jesus Christ and guys, this is really what the churches look at the church today. Is it any different.

It's totally diverse it's multiethnic it's multigenerational. It's rich, it's poor. It's men, it's women it's educated, uneducated, hey, it's Rams fans its bangles, fans and what are we all doing in unison.

We all proclaimed together that Jesus Christ is Lord and Jesus is our Savior of love that we are called to be a part of the church and it looks not always just like us. I would want to be a part of church looks just like me. I want a church that's different than me has different perspectives on things has different upbringings than ideal because it was just like me and only looked like me that would be very special.

That would be very unique at all. I heard a story about a guy who was driving home on his way from work and as he crossed over this bridge really high bridge couple hundred feet high, as he did every day from work he saw for the first time there was somebody standing on the edge of a bridge about to jump, and he knew that if they jumped they were to take their life their life would come to a close. They beat the be dead. There's no way they can survive it. So the guy pulls over his car ride.

We jumps out of the car he says hey what are you doing don't do it. Don't jump and the guy said you don't understand. Nobody loves me the RP Sena says back to me says hey that's not true there's a God who loves you. Do you believe in God. The guy standing on the side of the bridge has, yes, actually I do believe in God and the man said are you a Christian or a Jew that said I'm a Christian is. It's all well me to argue a Protestant or Catholic masses under Protestant. He says me to what denomination are you man said I'm Baptist. The Caicos no kid. I'm a Baptist who are you, a northern Baptist or a Southern Baptist says, northern Baptist guys is mad meet you on the northern Baptist to are you a northern conservative Baptist.

Are you a northern liberal Baptist guy says I am a northern conservative Baptist guy says no kidding me too.

I am to this is too crazy and he goes on are you a northern conservative Baptist Great Lakes region or northern conservative Eastern region and the man says.

I'm a northern conservative Baptist Great Lakes region and he said I am to this is too crazy and they said northern conservative Baptist Great Lakes region Council of 1879 or northern conservative Baptist Great Lakes region Council of 1912 and the guy said northern conservative Baptist Great Lakes region Council of 1912 and he said die heretic and he pushed him over that week. We might think that's funny but really how good are we as human beings and just dividing and getting into smaller and smaller little Saxon know you're Christian but I go to this church and oh you listen to that style of teaching and oh I like his teaching, but I don't like that style of worship were so good to just breaking things down, listen, this is not why Christianity is revolutionary Christianity is revolutionary because it has the ability to unite and bring people together and reconcile people only the gospel has the power to do that Christianity is not a way to enhance your life like being a vegan or doing CrossFit right no Christianity being a disciple of Jesus presents us with a new way to be human because Christianity isn't about bad people becoming good. It's about dead people coming to life in the early church. There was no racial discrimination. We didn't see that happening at all in see that happening in the leadership there is no favoritism based on where you're from or how much money you had or what type of education you have uttered the color of your skin or your nationality. Listen, the revolution will not be televised.

Christianity was a revolution. The revolution that we are going to see in the years to come, and the revolution that we need in America today.

It's not necessarily the one the reader to hear about on television is not the one the writing necessarily hear about in the mainstream media is not the revolution that the mainstream culture in the world wants to see happen so don't look for encouragements. Don't look for permission to be a part of the next Jesus revolution because the revolution not be televised to be a part of something as we see Jesus begin to work in people's lives, something that culture cannot understand cannot define and doesn't necessarily support so don't be surprised when you are a part of a countercultural move of God.

Sermon title today is also the title of the song. The revolution will not be televising was written during the civil rights movement was written by a man and it pointed out that what was a good thing was definitely not the popular thing at the time.

No as we look back with clarity today in 2022, we see that the civil rights movement that took place. It was something that had to happen. This was something that must happen in our society and I would say it's one of the most important things that is happened in our 246 years as a nation we see that this revolution while it was not the one the Hollywood or television or the newspapers or even the school were raging in the 1960s and 70s. We do see that it was the right revolution. It was the right thing to do, and here's what I want you to know the Jesus revolution will be the same way that Jesus revolution will be the same way. It's not just the right thing to do is the best thing that we can have happen in our country, but it will likely not be the most popular controversial and opposed because it will be like that people are going to oppose a people don't like change a revolution. This wheel of Time that continues to roll through history and turn things on their heads is something that people don't always like to have happen because what it messes with the status quo. It flips things on their head. Don't be surprised if people even within the church are reluctant and hesitant about this next Jesus revolution because it doesn't look the way they want it to look the last great American revival that took place in our nation was the Jesus movement in the 1970s. It's how my dad came to faith. It's how my mom came to faith. It's how this church. This ministry started it was birthed in the middle of a of Jesus revolution in the midst of a revival in the next one is going to take place is not to look like the one that just happened in the 1960s and 70s.

It's not to be a bunch of hippies sucking be a bunch of 1970s Volkswagen buses are stuck to be any flute playing his coin to be different and you know what that's okay that's okay because as long as it's about Jesus. It's the right revival. It's the right thing to happen.

It's not about you it's not about me it's all about our political candidate or I don't like that music, or I don't like the way that preacher dresses run like the way they preach.

It's not about you it's not about me it's not about our preferences. It's about Jesus meeting the needs of mankind, and him coming into relationships with people. The revolution will not be popular. The next Jesus revolution. The next revival that Takes Pl. in America is knocking to be one that is put on by the government. This can be put on by the media know it's going to take place because people are seeking Jesus and I gotta say today, more than any other time in my life I see there is a hole in people's hearts, and they're looking for answers and for the first time in a long time.

They're not finding them in the culture but not finding them in politicians than finding them in and TV and drugs and all of those things no, they are empty and are looking for an answer and we know as Christians.

The answer is Jesus.

I know a lot of you are aware that kingdom pictures, which is production subsidiary of Lions gate entertainment there beginning filming on a movie which were calling Jesus revolution. I say we are calling at that because while we get to be a part of it. Story is based really closely on my dad's experience of the last great American revival here in Orange County called the Jesus movement nationwide was referred to as the Jesus revolution.

That's what they called on the cover of Time magazine and my dad got to experience this first hand. And so this story is going to be really following my dad's footsteps and what he saw and what drew him to Jesus and were so excited to see that this film is W a major motion picture with release nationwide worldwide and working to see what the Lord does with this film. We believe that the fame of revival spreads the flame of revival and by telling the stories about revival, it will pique the interest of people today in our prayer and II hope your prayer to is that this film would create a hunger and a thirst for our very own Jesus revolution today because we need it.

We need it.

As we look around society there so many people that are hurting are so many people that are looking for answers on all of the wrong places, more than ever people are talking about their emptiness or loneliness, the depression and they're looking for this answer.

And we know it's in Jesus Christ and so telling this story.

Our prayer is that it will get people's attention and create a hunger for them to know Jesus and a personal way and so back to our text, Saul and Barnabas there now commissioned by the Holy Spirit to go on a missionary journey we just read that in verse three, and then we pick up. Now in verses 4 to 12 were to continue, it says this and so being sent out by the Holy Spirit. They went down to Solutia and from there they sailed to Cyprus and when they arrived in Salama's. They proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews and they had John to assist them when they had gone through the whole island as far as pathos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet named bar Jesus he was with the proconsul, the governor named Sergius Paulus a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God, but a Lemus the magician for that is the meaning of his name, oppose them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith, but Saul, who was also called Paul. You might want to underline that filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him. In verse 10 he says, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord. And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time and immediately missed in darkness fell upon him and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand and then the proconsul believed when he saw what occurred. For he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord in Matthew 13 Jesus said there were ever the gospel was preached wherever the seeds of his message would be, so that there would be counterfeits that Satan would plant counterfeits and this man bar Jonas Lemus. He had influence over Sergius Paulus, the governor of Cyprus and he didn't want to lose it. He didn't want to lose it. Lemus had no interest in the message that Paul and Barnabas were teaching. He actually didn't care what it was true or not, he just knew it was bad for business.

It was bad for the status quo. He had a cushy job, get a cushy position, getting to influence the governor of Cyprus and he liked being there and he knew that this message that Paul and Barnabas for preaching would dislodge him from that position, and so he did whatever he could. He tried to dissuade them. He tried to dispute what they were saying everything he could to turn the proconsul to turn the governor away from their message.

He tried to do. You know I'm reminded of the rich young ruler who came to Jesus and asked him what he must do to be saved and he told Jesus that he had kept the commandment since he was a young boy in all his life and now he just wanted to know what he needed to do to be saved.

What he was lacking in his life and Jesus supernaturally knowing exactly what this young man needed to hear. He said to him you see what you need to do is you need to take all that you have and sell it and you need to give it to the poor.

The next thing that we read as the rich young ruler. This young man he went away very sorrowful because he had many nice things you see this guy. He wanted what Jesus had to offer, but he didn't want to give up his comfort. He didn't want to give up his idol, which was his stuff, his possessions ultimately his own will he wanted his will more than he wanted the will of God in his life in same way we see the same thing happening with this guy here this bar Jesus.

He wanted to have this position of authority. He wanted this position this status and he wasn't willing even to listen to a true message was willing to turn from it, even if it meant going to heaven, he wasn't willing to turn from that he was willing even to go to hell.

Pretty wild pretty wild. How many today know the truth of God's word. Know God, and know what he teaches and know what they need to do in this life and yet they reject it because they love their sin. They love their way of living and honestly they don't want to give it up.

Jesus asked the man at the pool of Bethesda.

The lame man who was lame from birth, he asked him do you want to be made whole.

I think that's really interesting because our obvious response that would be will, of course, if you were paralyzed for your entire life and unable to get up and walk around. Why wouldn't he want to be made whole. Hey listen, not everybody wants to be made whole, not everybody wants to leave that sin or be healed of that issue in their life. Not everybody wants to be made whole. Not everyone wants to be free from alcoholism and drug abuse in the life they are living. In fact, there are many who don't. So again, this brings us back for sermon title.

The revolution will not be televised. Listen, if it changes the status quo of Jesus and having this relationship with him.

Changes the status quo in your life changes the cultural status quo and flips things on its head like revolutions always do, it will be opposed by anybody who wants things to say the same outside the church inside the church, wherever historically speaking changes rarely embraced and we see this magician a Lemus opposing the apostles, unwilling to be reasoned with, or hear what they had to say because his comfort was being challenged. He didn't care with the apostles were teaching.

He and Heather care whether was true or not, because he knew it was bad for business and so I love this.

We read Paul just taking this guided task lighting above. Looking him square in the eyes, putting him in his place, telling him you know, you son of the devil, all things on righteousness is you just goes allays into them in verse nine we see it says but Saul was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him. I really want you to notice right there. That is the moment that is the place in Scripture were we see Saul of Tarsus turn into the apostle Paul, the man the myth the legend Paul, the guy who literally wrote one third of the New Testament that is the transition verse right there from here on we read Paul and the apostle Paul.

We don't read anything more of Saul of Tarsus of Tarsus. The revolution that took place in Paul's life. It was just that it was revolutionary. Jesus came in to Paul's life and he flipped everything on its head.

One minute Paul is persecuting Christians he was taking them to jail overseeing the stoning of Stephen and the next we read that he is preaching the gospel using that same zeal that same intensity he is to persecute the followers of Jesus and he is now clearing the way for the gospel to be presented. Listen, that is a conversion that is what happens when he left the gospel do its thing. CH Spurgeon, a famous preacher and evangelist said the gospel is like a caged lion does not need to be defended.

It just needs to be let out the cage. That's all Paul did. He let the lion out of the cage and the next thing that we read that Paul and his companions are doing is once they finish there and lead the proconsul the governor there to Christ they get back on a boat and they sailed back to the mainland and they arrive in an area called Antioch of basidia. This is a different Antioch that we first read about the prophets and teachers having their prayer meeting in this is Antioch of Syria that we read first, about which is a coastal port city a hub and this is Antioch of basidia which is in Galatia and it's more landlocked so they arrive in Antioch of basidia and they do what was customary to go into the synagogue as it's the Sabbath day. And what happens. Paul is given the opportunity to preach okay, watch out.

Give the guy a microphone in verses 17 to 41. Paul goes and he makes the case for Jesus Scripture. He speaks their language. He gets on their level.

He points to the prophets, and that the different people they will be familiar with hearing the Torah all of their lives, and he presents the gospel at the very end. The apostle Paul. He closes his message with these words. Read them in verse 38 to 41. He says let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man speaking of Jesus. Forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you cannot be freed by the law of Moses beware, therefore, less what is said in the Prophets should come about, look, you scoffers, he says, be astounded and perish drive doing a work in your days of work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.

This is the message that is so revolutionary. This is the gospel in a nutshell, I love that part.

Regis says everyone who believes is freed from everything because of Jesus. Everyone who believes is freed from everything you might think that because a person struggles with a certain sin or certain lifestyle that maybe they could never be a Christian all you can never be a Christian struggling with that you can never get close to God, the God could never accept them because they are raised in this kind of home or from this culture or this political persuasion they could never come to God and there's no way that this could happen. Listen allow me to redirect you to verse 41 for the apostle Paul quotes from Habakkuk. He says, look, you scoffers, be astounded and perish.

I am doing a work in your days of work that you will not believe, even if someone were to tell it to you listen, it may not look the way that we wanted to look this revival that's going to come and that the years to come. In the days to come. Hopefully in our lifetime. It may not look the way we thought it would look may not sound the way we wanted to sound but listen as long as it's about Jesus. It's the right revolution is the one that we need to help make happen. So many today are plagued by their sin, unable to break free from their behavior, their lying, their fornication, their drug usage or alcoholism and so much more. Listen Paul is saying, you can be made free from all of those things because of the work that Jesus did, I want you to know today that that same power that Paul proclaimed is available to you and to anybody today who would share this message.

All you have to do is turn from your sin and turn to Jesus and make him the Lord of your life.

The king of your heart.

Stop seeking your will stop seeking what you believe is best and start seeking him and what he tells you is best and what he is proven to you as being the best thing for your life you can have that hope today you can have that relationship them with him today and so in closing I do want to extend that invitation to you now that wherever you might be you might be driving on the freeway. You might be watching this in your living room, you might be sitting in your office on your lunch break, watching a YouTube video.

This randomly popped up. I'm not sure really how you came across this concept, but what's important is your hearing me now. God loves you.

He sent his son Jesus to die in your place because the sins that you committed.

It's enough to keep you out of heaven. That's why God sent his son to pay for your sin with his own blood. And if you're turn from your sin today you can know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you are going to heaven.

You can have your very own personal Jesus revolution, which he will give you a new way to be human. A new way to live again. This is in the body add person becoming good. This is about a dead person coming to life.

Jesus came to give you life and life more abundantly. And you can have that today if you like to receive Christ as your Lord and Savior. You like to ask him into your life and encourage us to pray these words out loud after me, wherever you might be. Again, you could be sitting at work in your car you might be at the gym.

Just pray this prayer meeting in your heart say this dear God, I know I'm a sinner but I know Jesus is the Savior who died on the cross for my sin and gone I turn for my sin no and I turn to you from this moment forward, I asked you would help me to walk with you to talk with you and to hear from you. Give me my own personal Jesus revolution and to change me from the inside out. In Jesus name I pray, amen, amen.

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