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January 12, 2022 7:00 am
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See you fighting. Today Adrian Rogers part one in a message holy boldness architect is that of acts chapter 4, you know, if there ever was a time for courage is right now in a world of cowardly Christians who are afraid of being criticized or disliked. We are called to be bold in our faith.
We are nothing God invites us to have a closer walk with him personally and that's our thing for the month.
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Living supernaturally, volumes one and two and really holy boldness is we look at our text today carry with Adrian Rogers. No agent, Roger says that boldness is having the courage to stand for the Lord Jesus in the face of opposition.
Absolutely, you know we're bold when somebody cuts in line them and were bolded were charged too much, but are we bold in our representation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
That's a holy boldness right that we we talk about the things that God is done. We talk about the cross we talk about Calvary in a bold way we talk about that boldness and how that affects tolerance and culture today.
Adrian Rogers had this to say. Obviously tolerance is a virtue if were thinking about things that are not moral or spiritual issues. We need to tolerate other people's opinions and taste and the desire for music in their philosophy and politics but that tolerance really is a virtue only if it's a tolerance about things that need to be tolerated. Jesus was the most intolerant human being that ever lived. If you think about it.
He said he was the way the truth and the life and no one would come to the father but by him in the Bible says there's a way that seems right to a man but the end there are ways of death. So toleration in the matter of Morrows and virtue is not a grace at all, but it is a vice and we need to be bold, we need to be bold in proclaiming the truth, believing the truth of living the truth sharing the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ Terry boldness is really the theme as we talk about today's message and really boldness is also part of how we see our listeners responding to the Ministry of love are finding because they are encouraged by the program and the teaching ministry of Adrian Rogers which encourages them to be bold in the marketplace whether the school or the workplace and then we in turn love hearing from those listeners and Nicole is back this week from our ministry services. Nicole I think you have another great response as Sherry D. Byron, thank you for having me back today one of our listeners Raggedy Ann instead I have learned so much from Pastor Rogers teaching the Bible. He had such a wonderful way of explaining the meaning of biblical language and how every book of the Bible is about Jesus.
These messages are always relevant.
Dr. Roger said the man who can kneel before God can stand before anyone else. You know, being with Jesus is the really the secret ingredient that we need to have this holy boldness will with today's message on how to have a holy boldness part one peers. Adrian Rogers would unify the book of facts try to chapter 4 and as you find it masculine question are you a bold Christian. Or, perhaps, are you a cowardly Christian man put it this way if you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you. Neighbors know that your Christian little boy had a mongrel dog and a man asking said son what kind of dog is that boy said he is a police dog man said what he doesn't look like a police dog. The little boy said well he's in the Secret Service.
I think we have a lot of Christians today for cowardly Christians, they say, but somehow they are in the secret service bears the curse of cowardly Christians. They don't want to be seen in the office with the Bible on the desk. They don't want to be seen in the cafeteria, bowing their head and thanking God for the food they don't want to witness the saving love of Jesus Christ. When there is an opportunity afraid that someone may dislike them while criticize them all.
Whatever other say what they are cowardly Christians, well, we can look at some versus today, I want you to notice the word boldness that is used in all three of these verses that I meant to read one time is associated with God the son time with God the father. The third time together. Holy Spirit boldness, boldness, boldness, are you able are are you a cowardly Christian. We want to be a bold believe what is boldness in the first place. Well it is not arrogance, not the ability to put your finger in somebody's face and tell them all boldness is not being rude accrue some people think that they are bold and their just arrogant. They have bad manners and sometimes bad breath to go with it.
That's not boldness. Those people turn more people all them bring people to the Lord Jesus would be gentle after teaching and nothing give offense. Don't think that they go around getting people's face that you necessarily bold. Boldness is not arrogance and boldness is not presumption where you just do things to show how much courage that you have now as we look here at this particular passage. What is happened is this, there has been a man that was healed.
He was lame from his birth, and the apostles healed him right there at the beautiful gate we read about that in chapter 3. It's the gate leading into the eastern side of the temple. It was made of Corinthian brass.
It was incredibly glorious and beautiful. This poor beggar was on the wrong side of the gate and he was asking alms and John said silver and gold have I none but such as I have give I unto the name of Jesus rise of wall and a miracle was done in those Pharisees and Sadducees, and others who hated the Lord Jesus Christ is hard to fill with them could not deny the mayor but I thought well perhaps we can contain it. If we tell the apostles not to preach anymore in the name of Jesus. Well of course they were not able to stop them and keep them from preaching that brought them before the apostles look in verse nine basket this they said if we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole. Known you and all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom he crucified this assignment. Peter talking. He's not cowardly anymore is not denying Jesus Christ, and more. They put him on trial, but he is not the definitive becomes the prosecuting attorney whom you crucified and raised from the dead, even by him that this man stand here before you whole. That is, we did raise this man from the dead, Jesus Christ raised him from the dead. This is the stone which was set at naught of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Now I want to notice how bold is neither is there salvation in any other war. There is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be safe and let me just pull up and park it was just a moment.
Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved now if you say that today this was going to come down on you like a hammer. They can call you arrogantly going to call you bigoted they going to call you narrow whatever else they may call you. They also want to call you a Bible believing Christian. Neither is there salvation in any other, but there's none of the name of heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.
Now that was a bold statement dominated is bold to turn to those who crucified the Lord Jesus is that you crucified. God is made in the head of the corner. There is no salvation in any other. Now, when I saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceive that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled at the knowledge of them that they had been with Jesus.
What is the basis of our boldness is linked to the holy Trinity and we see that right now I want to tell you how to be a bold Christian.
I want to give a testimony. What I am saying today is not something that I have learned out of the book. It is something that I have found from the book the word of God and something that I have experienced in my life and continue to experience as I preach and witness and testify.
Here is the basis of my boldness. This can be the basis of your boldness. These three things can keep you from being a cowardly Christian and being intimidated by Satan when the Bible says we are and nothing to be terrified by our adversary, and if there were ever need for bold Christians. This is the time. This is the day this is the hour, number one. Keep company with God the son that we can talk in a moment about God the father and God the Spirit, but first of all, keep company with God the son that look in verse 13 now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceive that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled and took knowledge of them that they had been with Jesus. They were keeping company with the sun God. You cannot walk in his presence and be a coward.
You just can't do now. Jesus is alive and well on planet Earth, they said. How did this man get healed as I don't blame them is blamed on Jesus. Give him glory by him by his name by his presence. This man was he about what would Jesus make certain that Jesus is real you. I want to say to you I say this from my heart all sincerity, Jesus Christ is real to the man named Adrian Rogers he is real to me. I've talked with him.
I fellowship with him. I love his real to me is not somebody that I read about in the book. I love the song. Sometimes it won't take it out of the hymnal because I think it's ephemeral and syrupy one the greatest songs and hymnody I come to the garden alone when the do is still on the roses and the voice I hear falling on my the son of God discloses.
He walks with me and he talks with many tells me I'm his own and the voice I hear his voice of Jesus. No one else knows what we know as believers. Jesus Christ is not up in heaven peering through the clouds. Jesus said were two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in their midst. Jesus Christ is here. That's the reason you want to saying that's the reason you want to worship.
That's the reason you want to rejoice. He has not left us alone.
He is here with us always the first times I was ever called on the witness or just a kid not been saved very long my dear sweet mother who is in heaven right now was a young lady in the church and they gave my mother and assignment taking the survey.
That is one thing my mother did not want to do go from door-to-door taking a survey Christian survey and bless her heart she unloaded that only she said Adrian will you take this survey for me and I said yes, I will. And there in West Palm Beach, Florida. I went to my first door and I said oh I don't do things I want to document door.
I'm afraid I don't know what's behind that door and what it was going to say and at that moment the Scripture came to me. Jesus said, you go and make disciples and low I'm with you low I'm with I cannot tell you the change that made in my heart just as a boy in the Christian price it will lessen Jesus. We are going to go to the store and I went down that street with Jesus. Guessing that's where the boldness comes from. That's where the boldness comes from knowing that the Lord Jesus Christ is with you for telling us we can't take Jesus into the public school hole we can limit a howling taken in public schools. I was coming back to this country and you know when you come back to this country to been overseas go through security and the several things that will let you bring when you go through security. You can bring in your fruits and vegetables and animal life and certain product food products as a man in front of me. He had some gourmet cheese, ham, inspected a set of I'm sorry sir, you cannot bring this cheese and discomfort, but is that I paid allotment note, you can bring it is that I will bring it. He said you will not bring it. He said I will to bring in and walk back there and ate it and then walk right on through ASAP. I am going to rewrap it is Mark this and they may say that we can take Jesus in the public schools before and he's in us. He is in us that no way that they can keep Jesus out as long as Christ is in us, they marveled and took knowledge of them that medicine that met in college, yes, but they had been with Jesus. That's the basis boldness you keep company keep company with God the son, you see, Jesus didn't come to get you out of trouble. Mr. he came to get into trouble with you and he will be with you now, here's the second basis of boldness not only keep company with God the son, but number two have confidence in God the father to know you have to get things in perspective. If you don't get things in perspective.
You will get spooked. That was what have you on the run, but we had things in perspective. When you see God who he really is the mannequin Neil before God can stand before anyone else. One fear of holy fear of God removes all other fears say they saw God look at this time.
Here's the confidence they had they had confidence in God is the creator of all things look in verse 24 and when they heard that they lift up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which may never see in them is, this isn't God whose scope out the oceans who leapt up the mountain but not in the universe was stylized, billions and billions of stars over the velvety blackness of space they saying God, you made it all, why should we tremble when you are our father.
Why should we be intimidated when a God who could do such things is on our side. A college student asked his pastor pastor.
Do you believe is life on other planets of the places out in space. Pastor said no.
So, I really don't believe there he said not pastor think about.
There are billions and billions and periods in Dave's start and you don't believers life out there anywhere they said I can prove that is not what he said II just don't believe.
Then the college since it will pastor why did God go to all the trouble to make all that stuff.
Pastor said what problem only God can do that. He spoke and universes dripped from his fingers. What a mighty God we serve to seek they had confidence in God is the creator of all things, and so it follows as night follows day they saw God as the controller of all things. Now listen, you gotta get your perspective right look. Beginning in verse 25. They speak of God the father, who, by the mouth of my servant David said, why do the heathen rage and the people imagine vain things the kings of the earth stood up, rulers were gathered together against the Lord, why can you see that as a stem to big feet stick out there big chested shaker. Krista the face of Almighty God. They stand up together against the Lord and against his Christ for the truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel were gathered together to watch this for to do whatsoever by hand and by counsel determined before to be done. I love it. God is creator of all things is control of all things dark Gethsemane blood caliber. It was a mistake to think things got out of hand guards walking up and down the heavens, and all will know what you think. The Holy Spirit never meets in emergency session to say all my look. Now what is happened. They crucified the son of God, not a blade of grass moves without his permission to do whatsoever thy hand has before, by counsel, has before.
Determine to do.
Let me tell you something Fran God has never lost control and God never says this God is in control of that out to give you courage and know that he is the creator of all things. Here's the control of all things, and therefore he is the conqueror of all things, Peter is quoting Psalm two and he says that the kings of the earth set themselves against the Lord his Christ is anointed. But Psalm two goes on the site yet have I set my king upon the holy hill of Zion will give you news we win, we win. Jesus Christ is going to be in throne in Jerusalem Santa Ana when faith can't fail things not right in this world right now because things out of place.
The church is the bride and the bride belongs with the groom. We will and direction. Jesus is the King and the King belongs on the throne. He will be when he comes again.
Satan is the criminal he belongs in the dungeon and he will be when Jesus comes again yet have I set my king upon the holy hill of Zion. Sometimes you look at the ebb and flow of things and you get the idea well everything is going wrong. Maybe God has failed. Maybe the Bible is not true whole whole sin can win. Faith cannot fail.
I was raised in Florida on the East Coast.
I love the ocean I love to watch the ocean.
I love what a unknown poet wrote when he said on the far reef. The breakers recoil and shattered phone yet the sea behind them urges its forces home. His chant of prior surges for all the thunderous Dan wave may break and failure, but the tide is sure to win this Almighty see by message in changing sprays cast within God's plans are progress. It matters not at last, how strong the shores of the how and why and how deep the race of sin. The wave may break and failure.
But the time he sure to win.
Don't you get your eye on some little wave I'm doubting God's tide is moving and the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ. What is your problem.
Think about it today.
You got in your mind a double make it twice as bad now double watch of deviled and I won't ask you question is that big to God is that big to God. Of course not, what is the basis of boldness, you must keep company with God the son, you must have confidence in God the father.
When these people were terrified. They took their eyes off of man and put their eyes on God, the Bible says the fear man brings a snare, take your eyes off your problem.
Focus your eyes upon Almighty God, who is the creator of all things is the controller of all things is the conqueror of all things.
That's the basis of your bones.
What a great word of encouragement for us to days. We conclude this message.
Take your eyes off your problems. Focus your eyes upon Almighty God will your part to this encouraging lesson tomorrow but maybe today you have questions about who Jesus is or what he means to you. You can go find God's love firstname.lastname@example.org/radio.
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