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February 1, 2022 7:00 am
Share your faith, the moment someone asks about the window people keep Richard to give her jewelry) share that with the best news this world has ever known is the saving gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
This testimony from the day that I gave my heart to Jesus Christ this very moment. There has always been a desire in my heart sure welcome to Leavenworth finding featuring profound truth. Simply stated, my pastor, teacher and author Adrian Rogers winning souls is not only a command of God, but a great privilege God doesn't send angels to win souls.
He sends us in acts chapter 10 Simon Peter was invited to the home of a Roman officer to share his faith with them in his household. In response, Peter gave a threefold testimony that reveals how we can share our faith.
If you have your Bible turned acts chapter 10 will begin in verse 34 as Adrian Rogers shares part one of learning to share your faith. Imagine a man who is not a Christian, not a member of your race, much less your church or your denomination but he is inquiring about faith. He wants to know more about the Lord Jesus Christ.
So this is what is done he has gathered all of his family, his neighbors at his friends has evolved his house and then he invites you to come and share your faith in detail why you believe in Jesus Christ. Would you be prepared to do that.
If not, I hope you be prepared at the close of the service, because that's what happened to a man named Simon Peter.
There was a man named Cornelius.
Cornelius was a Gentile and is a Roman army officer and audit spoken to him and God said, Cornelius.
No sinful man named Peter and he will come to your house and tell you how to be say so Peter under direct orders and by special invitation. Also went to the house of this man, Cornelius shares great now suppose that had been in one human writer what you meant.
Prepare what would you say what we say to an opportunity that you may have this afternoon or tomorrow. Now my sermon will be a colossal failure either. For me offer you if you cannot come away from this message saying you know, I know what I would say that I believe I know how I would say so that's what I want to do is to prepare you for that opportunity that may come because precious friend you are to share your faith. You believe in the hope you do you want to share your faith might affect if you have no desire to share your faith. I wonder if you really say no. We tell people to keep the faith.
Not only should you keep at your giveaway is not giveaway.
Perhaps you want to give it up if you knew the cure to cancer you want to share that with the best news this world has ever known is the saving gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I can give you this testimony from the day that I gave my heart to Jesus Christ, to this very moment. There has always been a desire in my heart, share Christ.
That's one of ways I know through. I'm not always sure to missile. I'm not always been wise. I'm not always been diligent, but there has been down in the recesses of my heart always a desire to share the Lord Jesus Christ and so here's Cornelius. He has his friends and neighbors over. He has his children is everybody there and in walks Simon Peter to give his testimony that he gives a threefold testimony or threefold confirmation of the gospel and I want to lay those three things upon your heart today. But before we get to those I want you to get the introduction click in verse 34 then Peter opened his mouth and said of the truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.
I love that Peter is a Jew he's come to a Gentile house up until this time. No Jew would enter into a Gentile house like this to have fellowship with them to share spiritual things within the Godhead work on Simon Peter and say Simon, I love the world I love all the people of the world, red, yellow, black, white, they're all precious in my sight and whoever you are today what every background I will tell you God loves you with God. There is no respect a person's and then notice in verse 35 but in every nation he that fears him and worketh righteousness is accepted within the word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ. He is Lord of all, the door to salvation is very one. There is no respecter of persons whomsoever will may come and we notice in verse 43.
The Bible says that if anyone will believe on him, he will receive remission of sins so you save yourself. I can be saved if I want to be saying God did not say that some people can be saved and other people cannot be saying that some are in a select group no. There is no respect of persons with God, none whatsoever. The Lord is not willing that any should perish. If you go to hell a broken hearted, God will watch her drop in the hell it is not God's plan that you die and go to hell. The Lord is not willing that any should perish but that all should come repentance.
But the second thing is if you're going to be. Say you're going to be saved by Jesus, are you not going to save it all. That's what that verse says he is Lord of all. Jesus is not a good way to go to heaven.
Jesus is not the best way to go to heaven. Jesus is the only way to go to heaven. The only way the only way and if Jesus is not the only way he's not a boy. These are just one of the ways is either the only way another ways what they say in John 14 verse six on the way the truth and the life and no man cometh to the father but by me is either true or false, right if it is true he's the only way if it's faulty is a liar and he's not any of the way so you can't just got a tip you have to Jesus yet evaluated Jesus and so the door is very why, but the way is very narrow.
You come to God the father through the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus alone has the answer. Cornelius, the life's pressing questions Jesus alone can forgive your sin. Jesus alone can give you a hope that is steadfast and sure Jesus alone can take the sting out of sin. The pain out of parking the gloom out of the grave.
The dread out of their Jesus alone is the answer. I believe that with all of my heart. So the door is very why hold with the way he is very now he, Jesus is Lord of all, why should Cornelius believe that why my previous to walk in and say look, Cornelius, Christ is Lord of all, he gave three lines of evidence to convict and convince Cornelius and he wants to use those three lines of evidence through you to bring others to Christ.
LR else to bring you Christ today. The Bible says a threefold cord is not easily broken. I want to see the first of these things that Peter used when he came to this incredible opportunity, and by the way it is such an opportunity.
Did you know to win souls is not only a command of God, but a great privilege, a wonderful opportunity. An angel had visited Cornelius. Prior to this, and the angel said to Cornelius, yes, you go and get that man Peter and he will come and tell you how you and your house can be safe now wait a minute as an angel is an angel. Talking to Cornelius Cuesta why didn't Angel just tell Cornelius how to be saved. God never gave the great commission angels. He gave it a human being. We have a privilege that angels don't have. Did you know that no angel can be a soul and God never sent an angel of a soul winner God has sent you. You have a primitive angel still have nothing.
God, angels can clear the way. Thank God the Holy Spirit can go before you. When I played football every so often I get my hands on the football hit door to go it alone is always grateful for somebody doing some downfield blocking somebody just clearing the way for me but friend no matter how much downfield blocking there is somebody taught Jared will not, God will do the downfield blocking for you but you got to carry the ball and if somebody not caring about how much blocking. There is good I go to scoreless somebody cares about and what I want you to do today's to do that. Not to fumble the ball God will clear the way which you have a privilege and an obligation and a joy that even angels are what is this threefold: first of all, there is one I want to call the personal confidence of the soul and the personal confidence of the soul. And as you listen to Simon Peter here as he shares his fate, a dozen new within his daughter. He doesn't know with a stammer. He doesn't do it with any trepidation. He has a rock rhythm personal confidence. I want you to notice how this confidence is shown right here looking you in verse 39 Peter says, speaking of himself and the other apostles and where witnesses of all things, which he did best Jesus, which he did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they slew and hang monitoring him, God raised up the third day and showed him openly.
Not all the people, but on till witnesses chosen before of God, even Thomas and notice the confidence Peter had included E and drink with them after he rose from the dead, and he commanded us to preach under the people and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the judge of the living and the dead areas Peninsula way I witnesses what he said where witnesses of these things.
He was talking about the apostles. Can you imagine what a jury.
The apostles would've made had they been put in the jury box and asked to adjudicate whether Jesus Christ is the son of God or not.
Think of the apostles. First of all, there was the apostle John. He was young, philosophical, and very observant. Secondly, there was Peter. He was a brash loudmouth fisherman Max. There was Simon's abilities. He was a right-wing political zealot. And then there was Nathaniel and Thomas. They were inclined to be doubters.
We call them, doubting Thomas and then there was Matthew. Matthew was a tax collector, the hard-bitten businessman. Then there was Andrew who was shy and gentle got along well with little children. Then it was Philip was kind of shrewd and calculating and then there was James, who is very straightforward and I had a no-nonsense disposition.
All 11 number. This is very different but it was one thing they were all unanimous about and that's the Jesus is Lord that's very interesting were so different. You come from different backgrounds you have different accents have different educations you have different taste. You have different political ideals you like different kind of entertainment like different kinds of worship services were not all exactly like on any surface. Some people will have more him others, it will have more courses something. Go to clapboard something Walter S something will not clap at all, something the services ought to be longer something bill to be shorter something to will meet a different time. What holds us together. The same thing that held these 11 apostles together. His name is Jesus. We would not come here and be the kind of people we are have the love that we have enjoyed it. We have apart from Jesus is not that true. These 11 man bonded together welded together one in the Lord Jesus Christ levitate you what they were all three completely solo. Are you ready what do they all have the same confidence about first of all, the virtuous life of Jesus.
Look, if you will, in verse 38 Peter begins to talk about how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power who went about doing good.
They saw him they saw his life. They saw that he was infinite goodness and he did miracles look what about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with them. They saw both his character and his works. They were eyewitnesses of these things I can just hear Peter saying look yes I know a change water and wine I drink some of I know he walked on water because I got out of the boat and walked on water within. I know he raised the dead. I saw with my own eyes I know he healed lepers. I saw the transformation with my own minds. I know he was transfigured I was with him on the mountain.
I was an eyewitness of his Majesty. I heard the voice from heaven, so they first of all unanimous on the virtuous life of Jesus. But not only were they unanimous on the virtuous life of Jesus.
They were also unanimous on the vicarious death of Jesus look in verse 39, and where witnesses of all things, which you did both in the land of the Jews in Jerusalem, whom they slew and hang on a tree. Peter said I saw him dying in agony and blonde I saw when I took his lifeless body down from across.
I saw him wrapped in linen right close I saw him placed in the two we were eyewitnesses of his dad. His dad is an historical fact and they were all convinced of the third thing. Not only his virtuous life in his vicarious death, but he is victorious resurrection look in verse 40, God raised up the third day and showed him openly. Not all the people, but under witnesses chosen before God even Thomas who did E and drink with him after he rose from the dead. Well Peter when you get this confidence. Are you sure that you are not hallucinating, Peter.
Are you sure he wasn't a ghost goes man. We ate and drank with thing we touched what are you sure it was not an hallucination. Are you kidding me an hallucination he was. See the more than 500 people at one time while Peter can we be sure that you have just cooked up his whole store. Can we be sure that you're not telling a lie. All man I would die for what I'm telling you later own Peter did mid-May live for line but no man will willingly knowingly die for a lie from people tell lies to get out of trouble to get into trouble. They were convinced of his virtuous life. They were convinced of his vicarious death, they were convinced of is victorious resurrection. And so, here's the soul winner. The soul one has this confidence do you have that confidence you have a confidence concerning the life-and-death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If not you like to make a very good soul winner. Are you going to witness with stutter and stammer an apology but a whole lot of bold witness when you say I know that I know that these things are true, and if you are not solid on these things.
I can tell you that you're not going to be the kind of witness that you all to be. I'm so grateful that we serve a risen Savior.
Joyce and I were in Moscow, Russia right after the Soviet communist system disintegrated and fell apart. I was invited to go to the city of Moscow to preach in Red Square on Easter morning. All nationwide television. Can you imagine an opportunity like that Easter morning there in Red Square what Ronald Reagan had called the evil Empire nationwide television to share the Lord Jesus Christ. We saw so many come to Christ.
11 wonderful Sunday. Easter was spitting snow there in Moscow within Red Square were limits to men's I said to Joyce, we're going to see Lenin's tomb on Easter because the tomb of our Savior is empty just going to go to Lynn, assuming we walk their indolence to and they're all the words concerning linen listen to it. He was the greatest leader of all peoples of all countries of all time. He was the Lord of a new humanity. He was the Savior of the world did you catch that little word was the greatest leader. He was the Lord of the new humanity gave us the Savior of the world. Now let me put Jesus in the equation. He is the greatest leader of all peoples PA is the Lord of a new humanity. He is the Savior of the world because he died and he has risen again. Thank God for our dear Savior, now you have that confidence. There is the personal confidence of the soul and if you don't have that confidence today. You need to get it and you can have it I will dictate how just a moment now. Secondly, there is not only the personal confidence of the soul and but there is how confirmation of the Scriptures. This is not enough for you to say well I know this or I feel that even if you are an eyewitness because someone may say you misinterpreted what you saw or maybe you made it up. Maybe it's autosuggestion.
So God gives us something else.
Not only does he give us this personal confidence, but he gives us a powerful confirmation and that is through holy Scripture look in verse 43 that Peter is talking to Cornelius and his household. He speaking of Jesus, and then he says this to him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believe in him should have remission of sins. I listen to him give all the prophets witness what was Peter talking about here is talking about the Old Testament and they say all the prophets in the Old Testament are unanimous about Jesus, not some of the prophets did Jesus all the prophets did witness that Peter says look we all are you man where witnesses but now not only is that the witness of the soul and there is the witness of the Scriptures. The Scriptures give witness Jesus fulfill the prophecies of the Old Testament and coming up tomorrow will you part two of this important message but today if you have questions about who Jesus is what he means to you.
How to begin a relationship with God through Christ.
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