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January 5, 2022 7:00 am
Refunding studios to the city of Byron Tyler who would cure involves seeing your global funding. Today Adrian Rogers message making Jesus known will be looking at the first chapter of the book of acts. What a great chapter, you know, basically our thing for the month across all platforms. Whether you watch weekly the TV, listen daily to the radio program receive the daily heartbeat emails or just visit firstname.lastname@example.org. All of our programs. All of our devotions. All of our articles will be centered on the same theme, God invites you to a closer walk will carry as part of this theme closer walk in discipleship. We have really two things we want to mention that I think and help people have that closer walk with Christ and that is women living courageously. This is something I'm excited about from LWF hosted by Melanie read in partnership with love refunding ministries. Absolutely you can find out email@example.com. Also, we want to mention the Adrian Rogers legacy Bible hot off the press great discipleship to get it while you can. firstname.lastname@example.org will, in keeping with our truism this month. God invites you to that closer walk in that series were in right now living supernaturally volume 1 into the series is from the book of acts and its beginning with the New Testament church and this is really exciting because great things happen. As the church moved out in the power of the Holy Spirit and we see that annex what we do in the power the Holy Spirit gives you the confidence and and and you can become courageous in sharing the love of Jesus Christ in a very unique way will we talk Carrie about living supernaturally. Adrian Rogers said it best.
This way, why so many people are living superficially. What I mean by that is that they are trying to live the Christian life and the strength of the flesh, and very much is like driving a car with the brakes on when God saved us God gave us all that we need to live the Christian life. But so many people are living in the flesh and Paul had to chide the Galatians and he said, who bewitched you, having begun in the spirit. Are you going to be made perfect in the flesh. As we said every Christian is living either supernaturally or superficially, where to live supernaturally.
Now I don't mean by that that way to be performing miracles everyday but our life is to be a miracle.
The very life that we live is to be the life of the son of God in us, and so that's my prayer for the people who will hear these messages will carry making Jesus known is really what our messages about today and that is what we like to hear from our listeners and how they are making Jesus know you know this lover fighting is a discipleship ministry.
We as we share God's word people's lives are changed and they in turn go and share the good news with her neighbor with her colleague at work and so we love hearing from those who write in and let us know how the ministries impacting them in the cold from our ministry services down the hall stopped in the cool you have a response from the listener and shared a Byron, thank you for so much for inviting me to be here today. I am excited to share that one of our listeners right in and said years ago my Weinstein gave his life to the Lord after pastor Adrian Rogers get a powerful heartfelt sermon that was the greatest gift Nelly my son wanted to trust Jesus as his Lord and Savior telling other people what we have seen and heard.
Nobody can rebuttal that would carry to help us to know more about making Jesus known.
Here's Adrian Rogers with today's message making Jesus known that they were talking about making Jesus know making Jesus known friend. This world makes no Jesus.
Now that's not just rhetoric that is absolute truth there is no answer to the problems of this world apart from the Lord Jesus Christ.
I sincerely believe that with all my heart and I hope that you do. Making Jesus known not only to our neighbors, but to the nations, and not only to the nations, but to our neighbors, friends all around me are trying to find what the heart yearns for by sin undermined.
I have the secret I know where it is found all true pleasures in Jesus about Jesus is all this world needs today blindly men strive for sin darkens the way will pull back the grim curtains of night one, look at Jesus and all will be like. Now we're going to look in the book of acts and find out how they did it in the book of acts we want to do something new we need to study something old. We need to go back to the very fundamentals back to the basics. I will lay three things on your heart because this speaks to you.
Number one, you need to recognize his presence in you. We need to recognize his presence in us.
Look here verses one through three.
The former treatise have I made all Theophilus, of all that Jesus began to do and teach on till the day in which he was taken up. After that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen to whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them 40 days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God go back to verse one.
Look at it, of all that Jesus began to do and teach notice it is an unfinished story of all that Jesus began to do that is Jesus had not finished now in the book of acts was written, Jesus had already ascended to heaven it already going back to the glory and Luke had written about that he call that the former treatise have I written under the oath, the office what was the former treatise that Luke at RIT was a gospel of Luke.
Luke wrote the gospel of Luke and told about all that Jesus did and taught.
But Jesus said this is what he began to do.
Now the emphasis is that the book of acts is what Jesus is continuing to do in the gospel. Jesus began in acts Jesus continues in the Gospels. He did that through his literal body in the book of acts he does that through his mystical body now learn this that the church of Jesus Christ is the body of Jesus on this earth. This don't let that go over your head that is not incidental that is so fundamental that Jesus Christ inhabits his church is alive and well. We are his body.
We are his spiritual body. People talk about what would Jesus do if he were here Brandy is here. He lives in us and we need to understand that because if we don't we will be superficial and not supernatural God wants us to be supernatural anything about you or me survive my Christian life is concern that can be explained is superficial, anything that you can explain apart from Jesus is superficial. I am called upon in your called upon to be supernatural. Our Christian life is supernatural from beginning to end. It starts with the supernatural.
The new birth is supernatural, were not just nice people were new creatures. When we get finished when God's finished with us and we direct account going to be made like him sweat that the glory of a glorified body that supernatural so they beginning miracle is supernatural.
The ending miracle supernatural. I would have something. The middle miracle is supernatural, that is Christ in you have a great day when we learned that Jesus doesn't want us to do anything for him. He wants to do something through us you say playing with words. No, I'm not.
I am not listen. Paul said I'm crucified with Christ. Nevertheless I live yet not I but Christ lives in me and the life I now live. I live by the faith of the son of God, not faith in the sun got the faith of the son of God. He puts his faith in me, faith is not something I conjure up the faith of the son of God. That is the life that we are now to live now. Many of us start on the Christian life and we think it's a it's very easy to live. Stuart Briscoe great preacher when I got saved. It was a wonderful burden of sin was gone.
Why started out as the live forgot be so happy is wonderful here I am, save hallelujah Jesus I'll never make another mistake not been save my sins are forgiven.
I have the Holy Spirit in me and he said I was saying this is this this is just wonderful. And then he said I stumbled and fell. I realized I wasn't perfect in I got I got discouraged a little bit. I said well this isn't as easy as I thought this is difficult and he began to strive to try to be a better Christian and that he still failed miserably may stop saying this is easy to stop saying this is difficult. He hung his head in despair said this is impossible. Nobody can live the way I suppose I I just can't do it manually was right, it is impossible, but then he discovered that God is the God of the impossible and the Jesus Christ was in him and when he stopped crying and started trusting and let the Lord Jesus Christ live his life through him. He's not saying this is easier. This is difficult of this is impossible.
We start saying this is wonderful and it is wonderful when we understand that Christ is in us major and Thomas said we can and never said we could speak and he always said he would.
We need the letting we need to let the Lord Jesus Christ live his life and us what Jesus began to do in the Gospels, Jesus wants to continue to do, and Jesus Christ wants to live his life through you. I've said before, there's only one person was ever live the Christian life is not Eunice, not Adrian is Jesus, and if in your home or my home or your job or my job in your school or my school if it is live to be Jesus Christ living the life in us, and therefore it will not be a superficial life. It will be a super natural life. Now it is Christ in us is Christ in us. It is Jesus in you that is living the Christian life. I'm not just playing with words, folks, it is Christ in you the hope of glory. Colossians 1 and verse 27 in acts chapter 5 verse 12.
The Bible says and by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders God by the hand. Actually, the Greek language is through the hand of the apostles signs and wonders were done.
One pastor used to keep a tattered old glove on his desk and he pick it up and say Lord you fill me like my hand feels this glove and Lord God, you use me now would you say that today would you recognize his presence in you because he wants to do something through you look in verse two until the day he was taken up after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles now for 40 days Jesus had been walking talking teaching the apostles after his resurrection. Then he was taken up and he gave commandments. Well this out like to know what those commandments were and I'm glad you asked, putting margin.
Matthew 28 verses 19 and 20. When I had to guess about is what Jesus said during this time from his resurrection before his ascension is what Jesus said to the church which is his bottle go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. Hello, I'm with you always, even to the end of the age. I'm not going back to heaven tearing down through the clouds and tell you to do this. I am with you all way to the end of the age. And what did he command us to do what has he commanded you to do all right, first of all way to make disciples.
Therefore and make disciples. I didn't say make decisions. He said make disciples. People talk about great revival crusades and said whether thousand decisions. I will know how many disciples did you get make disciples. A disciple is a learner follower somebody has a new master. We are to make disciples.
Verse all way to make them and then went to mark them, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Ghost. Did you know the baptism is upon the great commission to the church where a lot of evangelism programs today.
They don't emphasize baptism that is wrong.
It's almost heresy Jesus a way to baptize them in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Ghost. What happens when you have been that that Mr. get baptized your St. everybody look, I am identify myself with a death fairly resurrection of Jesus Christ. I'm not ashamed of Jesus. I want everybody to know that I am baptized as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. When you get baptized your single saying I Jesus Christ died with him. I present with him on the Senate with him.
I belong to Jesus Christ. We are to make disciples where to mark disciples pending were to mature disciples, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you where to take people once we bring them to Jesus. Once we baptize him then way to move believers in Jesus toward maturity and ministry teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And therefore, the book of acts that we can study ends in chapter 28, but the rest of us will be writing chapter 29 with our lives as Jesus Christ is alive and well, living in the city living not only in our church corporately, but living in you individually because the corporate body is made up of individual members. So what's the first thing that we need to understand we need to recognize his presence in us. This is all that Jesus began to do and to teach, but he is continuing his continued good night's number two. Not only do we need to recognize his presence in us, but friend we need to rely upon his promise to us what number school and being assembled together with them, that is Jesus is with them after his resurrection, he commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the father, which he said he had heard of me for John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
This is the promise that he made. Luke 24 verse 49 says, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you, but Terry in Jerusalem until you be endued are close with power from on high. That is, he said to the disciples don't you start out to do a thing until the promise of the father, now the promise of the father is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit of God the Holy Spirit of God was poured out upon the church of the day of Pentecost 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, they were tearing. They were waiting and then all that special day.
The Holy Spirit is we going to see next chapter was poured out upon the infant church and Jesus said you wake there in Jerusalem. Unitarian Jerusalem until you are endued with power. Don't just go out and try to do something until you have the energy of the Holy Spirit the power of the dynamite of the Holy Spirit in you to do this. What if he told what he told them that they were to be witnesses. They told him that they would share himself what you think about the home is he speaking folks, this is a motley crowd that tax collectors and fishermen just ordinary people there on letter that the finances several colleges and seminaries.
They have no political clout. And yet he tells this little group. This will motley group, a small group you'd be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
The outermost part of the were mission impossible. But he said don't you go out and do it until you be endued with power from on high. When we look at what our Lord has commanded us to do. We are totally inadequate, but with the promise of the power of the Holy Spirit. Look again in verse eight, ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me. You are to be consciously filled Holy Spirit of God. I was reading where a scientist said there's enough power in a cube of sugar automatic atomic power enough power in a queue of sugar to decimate the entire City of London one little cube of sugar not that sugar does not generate that power. All it would do would be to release you might see a anatomic power station is a will that generates electricity are generates power. What in the truest sense of the go back to the rudiments. It is releasing the see the power in this church is then, but it's got to be release.
We have been endued with power from on high.
How can we do this will first of all we need to recognize his presence enters Jesus lives in us. Number two. We need to rely upon his promise to us. He has promised the Holy Spirit to enlighten us. We don't have to ask for guidance to energize us to encourage us. The Holy Spirit is alive and well in us and we don't have to be waiting on God anymore. He has sent the list. We need to surrender is the third and final thing look recognizes prison sentence. Jesus is continuing to work and to teach number two rely upon his promise to us, you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and number three. We need to respond to his program through us now look again at that what he says in verse eight but you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses on the me both in Jerusalem and in Judea and in Samaria, and the outermost part of their patches program borrows we will have to wonder what he wants us to do way to be witnesses essay yourself if I'm saved on the witness you are witness this. They wanted when a pastor I don't how to be a witness. Well I hope you train submit better witness but friend if you saved your witness.
Your witness. You will have to have a training course to be a witness that I want to take if you can't but you see he didn't say you should be my lawyers was a difference between a witness and a lawyer.
A lawyer argues a case, a witness tells what is seen and heard real reason some people, not witnesses them seen or heard anything spiritually. They don't know anything. If you know Jesus you can help would be a witness is it will pass to Rogers.
I tried witness somebody they would ask me some questions about something I can answer, of course, they could people asked me questions I can answer you have to know the answer to everything I witness doesn't have to know the answer to everything. All they want to know the courtroom is one of you seem like you're just the facts ma'am, that's all one another to see there was a man born blind. Jesus opened his eyes and so they the enemies of Christ begin to castigate and excoriated and not and interrogate this man and now they said it wasn't that huge.
What were his credentials.
By what authority did he. What this man had been hidden in everyone known of Jesus before until Jesus came and opened his eyes and I have a set Telesis is sent this message look into whether the center not I don't know that one thing I know once I was blind, now I see Dr. Vance having her said a Christian with the glowing testimonies were the library full of argument. Once I was blind and now I see you don't have to know the answer to every question. Let me give you a good answer.
You always use errata for all this will take a lot of pressure off of someone asking a question you don't understand, you can answer.
Here's the answer to say I don't know, and a great answer you when you tell people you don't know what you don't know, they begin to believe you when you do tell them what you do. I was Josh Billings, was that Amanda chose ignorance by not knowing so much as it is by no insomuch thing so just let me tell you what I do know a witness is somebody who tells what he is saying and what is heard, you have to know everything. The witness friend if you met Jesus of Jesus is change your life you're going to want to share the Lord Jesus.
Do you have a test when have you seen anything. Have you heard anything share Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ known this world number one, we need to recognize his presence and his number two, we need to rely upon his promise to us. Number three. We need to respond to this program through us is program through us is we are to be witnesses both in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the outermost parts of the earth. This is the Lord's call to us to listen to me friend.
God can use you don't compound age is no barrier education is no barrier. Social status is no barrier.
God can use you. God can use you. Now God can use you with what you have and God will supply all that you need to be a witness. We're going to be making Jesus known by neighbors and the nations, and you to be a part of it. God is calling you and friend. This is not something that is just nice. This is a necessity. And if you call yourself a Christian and Jesus Christ says you are to do whatever I commanded you. If you fail you, not just merely failing your guilty of high treason against heavens King are you will take this gospel dynamite do nothing with you shall receive power That the Holy Ghost is come upon that what we got one from the gospel is not failed is just not yet been tried.
I'm telling you folks, if we ever really catch fire for the Lord Jesus Christ and recognizes prison sentence. Remember his promise to us, and rely upon his program for us to make disciples witnessing Jesus do something wonderful in this area.
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