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June 29, 2022 6:00 am
Pastor Rick teaches from the book of the Acts
All the world's false religions, false religion leaves man in a disastrous state. We look at these religions of the world. As Christians we see what if you worship being sued, but sincerely really thought that was God being a part of being sued. What if you were a murder bomber blowing up busloads of children wouldn't approve your sincerity. My point is sincerity means nothing if it is without truth. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston because the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of acts. Please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching, but for now let's join Pastor Rick in the book of acts chapter 4 as he continues his message obedient disobedience and authority was given to him over every tribe and tongue and nation anticrisis reach is going to be global.
Incidentally, there's more to the book of Revelation and prediction. There's so much more doctrine. The main thing of the Bible is to get the person of God. No matter what you studying in the Bible. The purpose is to get to the person of God who he is. What's his response.
What is he think of this is the same with my life continues. All who dwell on the earth who worship him. That is antichrist to think he's worth it, whose names have not been written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world for the Christians will be persecuted. What the world will love this guy. Scripture is not in and of itself make life easier for the ones who believe it and study it and follow it. In fact, in many ways it makes life more difficult for us.
Thus, the cross stick up your cross, Jesus is to compute difficulties they going to be painful and follow me again.
Revelation chapter 10, so I went to the angel and said to him give me the little book. Many said they needed and it will make your stomach better, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth God's will. God's word is sweet but it can make you sick for a time while John was witnessing billions of people being slaughtered in the great tribulation.
The judgment of God falling on humanity that would make any righteous person sick.
What I'm saying is, as we devour Scripture. It is sweet to us.
We know that that is our first impression. But then there's this war with evil and that makes us sick. That creates the bitterness this contest.
The struggle Romans 18 for I consider that the sufferings of this present time is the sickness of his life are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Don't forget heaven don't get so busy with struggles in this life that you forget heaven. I would say if I would to preaching at a pastors conference.
I would say don't get so caught up in ministry that you forget heaven the realness of your faith, the difference between marker before she was corrected and Mary Martha was busy she was rebuked because in her busyness. There was self-righteousness make Mary, help me.
She's trying to dart work Mary sitting at the word of God and Jesus that she's chosen right thing and I'm not taken from her profound lessons are everywhere in Scripture. But we become too bitter with life without Christ. Sometimes to pick him up or to keep them in front of us again. Romans eight we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. While the what is that good. What good is it if I'm being flayed in life, heaven ultimately heaven. God's house God's place place where there is no curse with. There's nothing wrong the truth of Christianity rules out all of the world's false religions, false religion leaves a man in a disastrous state. We look at these religions of the world. As Christians we see it.
What if you worship being soup but sincerely really thought that was God being a part of being soup.
What if you were a murder bomber blowing up busloads of children wouldn't approve your sincerity. My point is sincerity means nothing if it is without truth, it must have truth when God says those who have a contrite heart that is under the umbrella of obedience and faith in him, not apart from him. Enter by the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by their choice. What are you going to do about that.
I will post at the gate and I will try to intercept as many people as I can. I will engage Lane humanity and try to be part of the solution come back to that later on and in the message that I started yet. This spirit of the world. Of course in her religions and communism, incidentally, is a religion that pretends to be a political doctrine.
Islam is a political doctrine that pretends to be a religion is whether the emphasis they were the dominant features of these things are is almost a take over the world as a religion that's imperialism closer to anyway coming that was side note no charge for that one, but the spirit of the world is activated by Satan and his lies. Ever since Eden and the only thing that can neutralize Satan's lies is the gospel, and the only ones that are entrusted right now with delivering the gospel are believers and believers suffer and believers are still expected to preach the gospel, even if they feel forsaken or stay in the winepress and lament by the Bible studies a real good, but you're stuck in the winepress or be responsive to God's call to his expectations. Peter was going to get away without a beating.
This time they won't. Next time they'll take beatings for Christ again. He upset the apple cart by preaching the resurrection which we still must do in times of war.
In times of peace, especially in seasonality's business note interruption in this. Even if there are wars and rumors of wars where to preach the gospel because we know where everything is going these apostles vigorously preach the gospel and suffered for truth and so Paul again says why am I in jeopardy, the resurrection, I can't get away from it.
Christ did die for me. Christ did rise no one if it was not resuscitated. Christ was not resuscitated. He was resurrected. It was no longer the same. When he rose again. It wasn't the same body rules that changed and this is the difference between resurrection why he is the firstfruits it wouldn't be the firstfruits of it. He was resuscitated. Many people experience that even Lazarus was raised from the dead was not resurrected into a resurrected body that would come later. Fact fact in the facts surrounding the fact of the resurrection. That makes it all worthwhile and I think I know I speaking for myself. Sometimes I lose sight of the value of the resurrection, and in dealing with other matters. I mean if you stop me said are you saying out course I get that right resurrection is the foundation. Without that, we have no faith but do I remember this when I'm preaching the gospel to somebody doing. Remember to say Jesus actually died on the cross and rose again or do I think I don't need to do that because everybody's familiar with this nowadays, and there's really no point. The challenges be exciting and so to answer the question why study why trust God, the resurrection, now we look at verse 13 because everything I've said has gotten has something to do with what we are looking at now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceive that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled, and they realize that they had been with Jesus you they had been with Jesus before he died. After he died and rose again. And that is what they were looking at. They just saw the boldness of so much more. These Memphis was anointing like they never encountered ever, ever, what are they going to do it in the trash. Not everybody does that, Peter. He knows the Scripture now and he refuses to be bullied by those who either one don't know the Scripture to think they know the Scripture, but misapplied, or three. Those who just refuse it altogether, he being educated by the son of God personally face-to-face, not he, alone, of course, a man was lame from birth and Christians did something about it while we have hospitals and doctors today that do something about these things. We applaud that spiritually who is lame who are the lame beggars today.
Those who don't have the gospel of Christ. Paul said this and such were some of you when he when he bliss tease him in morale, immoral behaviors. The sins that people commit. He says to the Corinthians, and such were some of you but you were washed, but you were sanctified when you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. Paul says you were not left spiritually lame. Christianity needs people who were once lame from birth were no longer lame would been restored to a state a relationship with God that man lost there and Eden is says here in verse 13 and perceive that they were uneducated and untrained men while they weren't accredited, according to the rabbis while there's something to be said that we need to be accredited but by who just because these men did not go to seminary doesn't mean they were undertrained or uneducated is no excuse for Christian to be untrained or uneducated in the ways of Christ which was Gideon's initial argument. Why should I be educator training was a crazy didn't do anything for me. They were not approved by those whom Jesus disapproves Jesus said about these guys, Jesus bypassed the rabbis the writings or lifestyles. Early in his ministry comes along and he preaches on this mountain and he says unless your righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees and scribes, you're not going to heaven. How profound is that you gotta do better than your pastors the corrupt ones the people gobbled that up because they knew they knew these guys had become corrupt and there was nothing they could do about it as it is in history so often a minority rules.
The majority corrupt minority. These handpicked apostles of Jesus Christ were homeschooled by God the father and the things of the kingdom and again that does not mean you do, I believe, a Christian should do a Christian you should do is best they can. When learning anything as best you can, because you are an open vessel and you want God to pour into you, so that later he can pour out of what you've got nothing because you just, you know, I just wanted here and do this and do that when you got nothing.
What can he do, he found a man Paul that was could speak multiple languages, knew the Greek culture was ready to embrace parts of Gentile cultures I become all things to all men. Paul said he was ready for this.
He was fit for this anyway. The result of this preaching of Peter, standing up and says they marveled. Well, that's not enough is not enough to be impressed with the things of the Bible. Hollywood does that they are impressing a we can make a movie out of this and make money you have to be converted. Revelation 22 in the Spirit and the bride say, let him who hears say, let him move first come whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely