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May 26, 2022 8:00 am
Encouraging Word, you would be today.
The Bible-based teaching Dr. Don Wilton head of that we bring your powerful conclusion to the message yesterday: looking ahead with confidence in God's word is filled with opportunities for us to realize that we don't have to put our confidence in our skills or education or resources but we can put our confidence in God and look ahead with great anticipation as we study the word together another reader to encourage you to pray with you at 866899 word that's her phone number 866-899-9673 and we have a number of great resources on our website GW online.org will tell you more about wonderful antidote to loneliness later in the broadcast.
But first let's dive in today's teaching Dr. Don Wilton read to you some of what he preached. Just take salmon foundation out of that and I'm just going to give them to the camp on because like very important as we look ahead with confidence. Here is Peter folks listen to me just Peter God has revealed himself to them through his Spirit. He's given them the message he's told them what to do. Peter is making the announcement before anything else is happening and he puts everything onto the seven foundation yes what we do today. We just going to tell one another from God's word what the Sabin foundations and folks let me tell you if we make a commitment in our hearts in our church individually to stand on the seven solid foundation. You can look ahead with confidence arrived. Verse 14 then Peter stood up with the 11, raised his voice and he addressed the crowd, fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you listen To what I have to say these men are not drunk, as you suppose Sonya 9 o'clock in the morning not this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel said in the law studies God says I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women. I will pull my spirit. In those days, and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved is listen to this. Jesus was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs which God did among you, through him, as you yourselves know this man was hand over to you by God's sake, purpose and foreknowledge, and you with the help of wicked men you put in today by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death because it is impossible for to keep its hold on him. Let's skip over diverse 32 God has raised this Jesus to life and we are all uses to that perfect all right let's go down to verse 36 therefore let all Israel be assured of this that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and they said, men and brethren, what shall we do Peter replied repayment and be baptized every one of you for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit for the promise is for you and your children and for all who are afar off, all whom the Lord our God will call and with many other words he warned them saying and he pleaded with them, saying, save your souls from this corrupt generation. Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about 3000 were added to their number that day and so they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and fellowship, and the breaking of bread and to pray everyone was full with all, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles, the believers were together and had everything in common.
Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. And every night they continued to meet together in the temple courts that broke bread in their homes and that together with glad and sincere hearts, praising and enjoying the favor of all the people and the Lord added to their number identity.
Those who were being say now you heard the first message ever preached. Yes, the issue how can we look ahead with confidence folks. I don't know what the next year hold you. I don't know what the year 2015 holes 2018 the next decade holds what tomorrow holds, but I can look ahead with confidence.
So the issue is this what was it that Peter said that provided a solid foundation on which to stand. You not but children just like you raising children in today's world's tough work Charlie all somebody can say I managed quite all right jolly heart you know what parents do when our kids just to bricks in the tricky high that that big. We start teaching what you put into a little child's life and why are you doing that you know yesterday.
My grandson was at my house. I love and his grandmother gave him a banana that's a banana disarming you to sign things along thing like is a fruit that little chap ate the whole thing. How many just ate the whole thing is just to bricks in the tricky. So when he had finished eating it. I mean he just sat there. He ate an entire banana when he had finished, my wife grandmother looked at my son and said can I give him another one he should have better mama. He needs all of the non-he can get.
So why do you want your little kids to eat fruit, eat good food will cultivate good habits. I mean, they don't even know the difference. I haven't got date yet because you know that what ever it is that you put into their lives at the earliest ages going to provide them with the foundation when I need it most.
All right here are seven solid foundations number one, stand up. I mean, remain seated this morning stand appears foundation number one taken from Peterson. This is how we can face tomorrow.
We can look ahead with confidence, stand up and address the crowds. 26), verse 14, Peter stood up, raised his voice addressed the crowds just right. That is one of your foundations, you gonna stand up and address the crowds.
Now what does that mean make up your mind today do not going to sit down you not going to capitulate. You're going to step back step down when it comes to the things of God. See folks, if you take college for example, one of the most difficult things for college student to do is to actually arrive on a college campus and stand up you go to make that decision before you get stand up and address the crowds. This foundation number one, number two, stick to stick to the word of God from verse 17 through 21 Peter did was quote the prophet Joel just stick to the word of God, you heard me say many times the Bible. This word is the centerpiece on the mantelpiece of this church. It's also the centerpiece on the mantelpiece of my heart.
This is the absolute sick stick to the word of God. At first Baptist Spartanburg. We call this absolute truth. That's why I'm not preaching to you from the Reader's Digest this morning. Folks watch this. We are living in a world today where the Damond is to do anything but to stick to God's word.
God's word is going to become increasingly unpopular stick to the word of God. This foundation number you want to know how to live right there.
You know want to know how to conduct yourself right there you want to know how to meet God on God's terms right here in the Bible. The Bible tells us that it's at the name of Jesus. It set up Jesus you want to know who God is it right.
God is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He's not any God and he's not anyone's God and he's not everybody's God is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Bible tells about who God is.
Stick to the word number three. Focus on.
Yes, your third foundation you want to look ahead with confidence, focus, focus, focus, focus on Jesus Christ and him crucified.
That's what this message was all about. From verse 21 through verse 24. I'm in this message that he preached before the church even began before anybody even understood anything before that even the person committing understood something equipment complete and was focus on Jesus Christ forgive the corruption but always in the good to be reminded of what needs to be important to keep focusing on Jesus Christ will be back with the rest of today's message and Dr. Don Wilton in just a moment the Dr. Don Wilton remind you we are here to pray with you 24 hours a day, both on the 866-899-WORD number 866-899-9673 but also on our website tewonline.org Jean God's doing something in your life you like to share. Maybe have Dr. Wilton pray about know that he would love to have your email firstname.lastname@example.org is his email address that's Don DOM at tewonline.org he would love to pray for you if you need resources will make sure that you get that Dr. Don hears from you again Don DOM at tewonline.org.
He is his email really would love to pray for you.
Now let's dive back in today's great teaching Dr. Don Wilton single people might say what your church will about trees. What's the most important thing we do around here Jesus focus on the Lord Jesus focus on the Lord Jesus focus on the Lord Jesus frame. If you take your eyes off Jesus… Just like Peter did when he walked on the board of the Sea of God. The shocks will eat you alive, folks, people in today's world are looking for an excuse of God. You don't have to look for it everywhere.
How do you overcome how you look ahead with confidence, focus, focus on Jesus number four celebrate because celebrate because look at verse 36 because of what because God made Jesus Lord celebrate because Jesus is Lord. Look at verse 36 therefore and all Israel be assured of this country. Love that would be assured you and I'm looking forward to watching a few bowl games read in their head coaches everywhere saying today bowl teams.
You can be assured you've got stand up, you can that we can win.
Be assured I love that would be assured carries with it, but dynamic confidence doesn't give you something to hold on to what was he signed. Be assured of this that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.
By the way, Jesus did not become Lord, because you are not decided he would be Lord he is Lord, you are not going to make Jesus Lord. He is Lord we we crowned the king. He is folks we we we just don't seem to get it sometimes what he's talking about her. Celebrate with reason to celebrate because Jesus Christ is Lord, he's king Bob God by the tree of God, you know, we are a political nation.
We have elections coming out about is every year whether begotten is my is presidents we exercise prerogative as citizens. God doesn't see you when it comes to God, Jesus Christ is Lord, I may ask why you can look ahead with confidence, but he doesn't even have just an eight-year term or four-year term limited congresses doesn't matter what the parliament votes. He's Lord he's king Herod is folks celebrate because what a powerful foundation or foundation number five respond with respond with repentant heart right there in verse 38 repent and be baptized every one of now there is a tremendous foundation. If you want to look ahead with confidence to respond with repentance, you know that that's one thing God requires of us, requires us to repent. He requires us to come into his presence. First of all as unbelievers and say I repent of my sin. That's the only way you can be saved to be saved unless you repent of your sin. But then when you trust him as your Savior. He requires us to repent of our sins not under salvation, but under the joy of our salvation. I know some of you might look at me and say pasta you just trying to sound little but hopefully here today but I'm telling you it is very rare that I don't step into this pooping on a Sunday morning. I have done so this morning I can tell you that very early this morning got on my face before God and I were painted before him, not because I'm not a Christian on Christian I were painted because of sin in my life that I know about concern that I don't know about. I just know that I'm standing here in the presence of a holy and a righteous God, and I don't want to stand before you with an Paignton God requires that you require. So respond with repentance church.
We need to repent state, we need to repent America, we need to repent before God.
That's how you respond. You want to look ahead with confidence to go to repent our number six act upon act upon God's instructions from verse 42 through 47 I acted.
They devoted themselves apostles teaching Fellowship to the Lord's supper breaking bread to pray. Just look at all the things that they did. They just acted.
I went out they did what they knew they had to do now folks to act upon. Something means you gotta take definitive steps to do what God is telling you to do with her being a marriage, business practices, your life, your relationships upon take action.
It's a principal isn't the foundation you know that's what I love about about the new year.
I'm no different because I make resolutions. I've already decided to lose another hundred and 50 pounds this year.
I am folks we make it.
Listen, I can't wait to get back to the notice. Did you notice get back to the notice I'm going to the Nautilus fitness and I'm going to John Langford #John just have mercy upon me be nice to me but I'm telling you what I'm I am's are so resolved.
Man, I'm gonna.
I can't tell you what I'm to put all almost warranties water from California in the shade. I mean, people are going to be walking around saying you seen Don lately man is a boot or what I mean. Steve Skinner is going to have so much admiration for me by the end of the year, folks look how many times we make resolutions, I'm gonna quit smoking, stop, stand, folks, this is this is they acted upon.
That's a solid foundation is upon what's God telling you to do what the Lord telling what's he putting your heart department and then one number seven, the seventh foundation cannot just give them to you blitz quickly stand up and address the crowds. That's number one number two stick stick to the word of God. Stick to the word about number three.
Focus on Jesus Christ and him crucified before celebrate because Jesus is Lord is Lord hasn't gone anyway. Number five respond with repentance.
Number six, act upon God's instructions. Act upon God's instructions number seven.
Herod is close with this number seven anticipate all God will do for you anticipate all God will do for you. Verse 47 the Lord added to their number folks of God is on his throne. You see, you can claim the victory before you even say it out through the gate you can you can anticipate today that God is on his throne tomorrow. Now that's power for living folks.
That's how you can say that tomorrow is as bright as the promises of God.
The future is bright as the promises of God, anticipate, anticipate, God has in store for you and me looking at it tomorrow. That none of us have even been God's will rating the he knows us he loves us. He has us in the palm of his hand. He will never leave us nor forsake us friends. He loves such a powerful truth to wrap up our day on God will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He loves you and he's using this broadcast to let you know that no matter where your listening. Maybe your listening online or on radio wherever God is using this particular message to get to you. He wants you to know he loves you is a plan for you is an opportunity for you to get your sins forgiven today to discover your purpose and to find a way into heaven for all eternity, but it starts with one singular decision, a choice that can be made for you a choice. It's not inherited from our parents or grandparents. It's a choice that you can make today. You've listened as Dr. Don has taken us to the Scriptures and allowed us to understand more insight on this particular message statement. How great to be in the book of acts right steps to open your heart to what he wants to share next are you ready to give your heart and walked to the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm so happy to hear that wanting to pray this prayer with me to hear God on no love very very and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross so that I might be forgiven today. I painted myself. I confess my sin.
And I invite you to come in my life.
Jesus, if you prayed that let me be the first one welcome to the family. One, I hope that you know how much I'm going to be praying how very important this is so we can talk to Nick like vice, you can begin this wonderful journey. Perhaps you just gave your life to Jesus Christ, praying along with Dr. Wilton.
Moments ago. Perhaps, throughout this entire broadcast of what's been stirring your heart and you know you need to rededicate your life to Christ today. Don't put it off tomorrow is too late. Today's the day to make certain you know you belong to Jesus Christ. One of our joints here at The Encouraging Word is to pray along with folks in and maybe put some resources in your hands it will help you know that you know you belong to Jesus and then help you grow as you belong to Jesus to someone who is confident in your faith and who is someone who can share your faith with others.
It starts with a simple decision.
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