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February 2, 2022 7:00 am
What were fighting studios to seek Barbara Tyler here with you revolves your body. Today we continue with report to investors for Adrian Rogers, learning to share our faith, share our faith and how to share well and how to share it really is a way of life everyday evangelism basically is what were talking about when we did a series called living supernaturally taking from the episodes of the New Testament church in the book of acts, and our friends can catch up on the entire series.
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I did to look you know that we pray for opportunities to share. We pray for confidence to carry us through and we pray for God's wisdom in knowing what to say and how to say it will. We need that totally more sharing our faith and Adrian Rogers was devoted you know his whole entire ministry to personal evangelism. You know that I know that sometimes we wonder what is the gospel, or what we supposed to be sharing exactly when we share our faith and Adrian Rogers put it best. This way you know man is a center and he always has been a center and so we don't need a new the modern gospel for new in the modern age is the old gospel, but that you just we just got to get back that that man is sampled by nature and by birth and that God and mercy send his son the Lord Jesus to pay our sin debt on the cross and that were saved by faith in him and by his grace and that therefore we ought to live a godly life and look forward to eternity with him is really not all that complicated.
And this is the message that I have preached and it is a message that I found people responding to. I went there something about the gospel, the word of God when it is clearly presented, causes a residence in the heart of those who here if we truly believe the fields are white for harvest. The question is what's stopping us what what hinders us from sharing that faith enough for this and you have to you know we need to always share the gospel and when necessary use words hey we need to use words we we need to figure out a way to present the good news of Jesus Christ. That reminds me with Adrian Rogers says we tell people to keep the faith. Not only should you keep it, but you also ought to give it away and we can remember that that that is the message that changes lives, not our clean likes to hug you know I it is in our resume is actually not our pedigree, but but the good news and the only thing will take to heaven with aspirant our family and friends will. Today we look at acts chapter 10 as we see Peter he really gives us some insight on how we can share our faith.
You know he had that personal confidence is a soul winner is will see here the powerful confirmation of the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit. And I think that's so important we don't miss out that these are divine appointments when we share Christ and the gospel. Yeah, the Holy Spirit can convict in the Holy Spirit can save we cannot but we are that mouthpiece. Part of sharing our faith is having an active relationship. You know we we have to have something to tell and that's part of growing in knowing and walking in the spirit and looking for those opportunities and I like what our listener letter says today.
This letter says God is so active in my life now and I feel Dr. Rogers was sent to me from the father, thank you God for such a wonderful messenger. Blessings to you all, you know that's a great reminder that the outcome belongs to him. We just have to be willing to cast the net just that and it is a good work. Well, what today's message learning to share your faith, part two here's Adrian Rogers. There was a man named Cornelius. Cornelius was a Gentile and is a Roman army officer and got it spoken to him and got sick on this. No sinful man named Peter and he will come to your house and tell you how to be safe.
So Peter under direct orders and by special invitation. Also went to the house of this man, Cornelius shares faith. Now suppose that had been you what you been writing what you then prepare what would you say what will you cite an opportunity that you may have this afternoon. Tomorrow you want to share your faith 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.
And so here's Cornelius. He has his friends and neighbors over. He has his children that he has ever bother and in walks Simon Peter to give his testimony. Peter is a Jew is come to 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, but God had to work on Simon Peter and say Simon, I love the world I love all the people of the world. Read 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 an angel had visited Cornelius. Prior to this, and the angel said to Cornelius going 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, there's an angel, angel talking to Cornelius question 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 to be a soul winner God has sent you.
You have a privilege and angels don't have nothing, God, angels can clear the way.
Thank God the Holy Spirit can go before you, but you have a privilege and an obligation and a joy that even angels. First of all, there is what I want to call the. 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 doesn't do with any stutter he does know with a stammer. He doesn't do it with any trepidation. He has a rock rhythm personal confidence 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 and if you don't have that confidence today.
You need to get it and you can have on 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 maybe you made it up. Maybe it's autosuggestion.
So God gives us something. 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 all the prophets witness, that through his name. Severability within him should have remission of sin. 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 but to Jesus all the prophets give witness not, Peter says look we all are unanimous where witnesses but now not only is that the witness of the soul and there's the witness of the Scriptures. The Scriptures give witness Jesus fulfill the prophecies of the Old Testament you are thinking person may I tell you that there were 300 prophecies in the Old Testament that were directly fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ. But there's some people who see the Scriptures fulfill and they say well that's only because they rate that's only because Jesus and his apostles rigged it they they arranged it for him to fulfill these prophecies when you know what I agree with. He did arrange it everyday what he arranged what he managed. First of all, he managed to be born in Bethlehem.
You think you could manage the place where you were going to be born. Micah chapter 5 verse two thou, Bethlehem, if often, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of these shall he come for them to me. That is to be the ruler of this essay manage the place where he was going to be born onto what else he managed he managed to be born of a bird you think you could manage that he manage that you can choose your mother he chose it said he chose to be virgin born Isaiah 7 verse 14 Old Testament. Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign.
Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and also called his name Immanuel pay something else that he managed he managed to have his crucifixion. Describe 7 to 800 years before he was born when death by crucifixion is not even know the form of capital punishment that the Jews used was stoning, but Psalm 22 speaks of Jesus and it says this, they pierce my hands and my thing.
700 800 is before Jesus was even born. He managed to be crucified.
Yes he manage that and he managed to have two things crucified with him, one on either side and subsequently to be buried in a tomb reserve for the rate Isaiah 53 verse six and he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death because he had done no violence, neither was there any deceit in his mouth. They something else.
He managed he manage that Judas would betray him for 30 pieces of silver. Zachariah 11 verse 12 and I said under them. If you think good, give me my price and if not, forbear, and they waited for my price 30 pieces so yesterday he manage that to happen, and then the classic arrangement that he managed after three days he managed to walk out of that brave alive, the Savior of the world to be seen by more than 500 witnesses now friend.
Most of these prophecies is not all of them were fulfilled not by his friends, but by his enemies. Those who had the most to gain by their not being fulfilled.
Yes, thank God, the Lord Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of Scripture, Scripture to take the Bible and convince somebody about the Lord Jesus Christ is not one that is the third line of evidence.
Remember, there's the personal confidence Peterson where witnesses of these things. Secondly, there is the powerful confirmation of the Scripture that thirdly, there is the persuasive conviction of the spirit look now in verse 44 while Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word all I love.
Peter was giving his testimony he say look I'll take what I know. Here's my confidence is my rock group assurance and they says look backed up by the Scriptures to him give all the prophets witness now while he's doing this, the spirit of God comes upon how wonderful it is an old God, send your spirit today Lord in all of your fullness and power in the service to convince and convict many times I've told you anything. I'm talking to somebody else can talk. That's the reason. Before I preach. I cry out to God and so God unknowingly because I want the Holy Spirit of God to bring that final threefold strand, there's the personal there's a personal confidence of the soul and there's a powerful confirmation of the Scriptures and then there's the persuasive conviction of the Holy Spirit you want Holy Spirit conviction is when the Holy Spirit of God speaks to you and the Holy Spirit says that's true, how do you know that Jesus is the son of God. How do you know that the Scriptures are true. You know that those who say that Jesus is transform their lives had really transformed because the Holy Spirit of God the Holy Spirit of God is the one who conviction. I've had people tell me hate you would've made a good salesman. I don't know what I would've but I don't want to be a salesman when it comes to gossip. I'm not trying to just argue you in to signing on the dotted line. I want the Holy Spirit of God to convict you of these things that I'm preaching, and the Holy Spirit of God will he will. I'm not dependent upon eloquence. I'm not dependent upon logic, I am not dependent upon the personal magnetism all his name, unless the spirit of the holy one comes down you don't accept the five. The apostles were witnessing and they said something wonderful.
They said we are witnesses of these things and so is also listen to this. So is also the Holy Ghost, whom God had given to them that obey him. I love that I cannot go back in the Scripture cement on where witnesses I'm witnessing to you. I'm tell you my heart I tell you all that I know is best I know how but I'm not dependent upon that alone. I'm dependent upon the Holy Spirit of God, going up and down these aisles and through these views and say you better listen him.
He's tell me the truth.
This is a God, you better lives. See, I'm a witness, but so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God had given to them that obey him.
Now let me tell you how the Holy Spirit of God. Witnesses and these in first John chapter 5, but the Bible says if we receive the witness of men.
The witness of God is greater. I will receive the witness of men. If you eat you put some faith in the cook right.
How do you know your wife not going to serve you little straightener arsenic this afternoon when you get automobile somebody else's driving you put your faith in the driver. I do know this is not the day. He's determined to drive off the bridge you get on an airplane you put your faith in the plan.
Most of you don't even know the name the pilot when you get an airline hearing led by the door to see if you like is scheduled what what to say this, we could not live without putting our trust in other people for certain things. If we receive the witness of man. The witness of God is great God speaks you. That's the reason. When a person tells me hey I can't believe he's line is nobody who says I can't believe who's telling the truth. Jesus did not say you cannot come to me said you will not come to me that you might have life. If you want to believe you can believe because God will enable you to believe your problem is not in your head. Your problem is in your heart. The Bible says, beware lest it be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief. It is insane if he had good and evil heart. If you want to believe you can believe why, because the Holy Spirit of God will enable you to believe he will witness to you. God is speaking to you today that would you open your heart and let God speak to you can stonewall God. But if you will receive the witness a man if you put your trust in people man with all of his failures and foibles. Shortly you can put your trust in Almighty God in the word of God. We receive the witness of men. The witness of God is greater. First John 59 and then not as Holy Spirit of God. Witness to you, but the Holy Spirit of God, witnesses, and you and I love this. The Bible says in the next verse, their first John 510 he that believe upon the son hath the witness in himself. Now, the Holy Spirit of God spoke to me and I believe in Jesus and now the witness that was witnessing to me is now witnessing in me. I have the witness in myself.
The Holy Spirit of God lives in me right now and enables me to believe and if you know because I have the witness in myself. I'm not at the mercy of some paganism infidel with an argument you could argument that hypocrites are all common contradictions in the Bible or anything else that you want argue about you not going to stampede me because I have the witness in myself. I suppose I just had a big piece of apple pie.
Somebody comes along and says there's no such thing as apple pie, or somebody else says. What if there is, it doesn't taste good, doesn't satisfy what you shake me you know why I have the witness in myself is a of the Bible says taste and see that the Lord is good so he witnesses to me. Then he witnesses in me, and when he witnesses to me in witnesses in me is then that he witnesses through me is if this is what an effective witness is an effective witness is somebody who has had experience with God.
Jesus then save and be my lawyers. A lawyer argues a case witness tells what he seen in her. That's the reason Peter has such confidence to see Peter is there he say look, we were eyewitnesses of his Majesty. We ate within my walk with and we talk with him.
We saw him risen.
I have absolute confidence. There is personal confidence of the soul and and then there is the powerful confirmation of the Scriptures we have the holy Scriptures. There the fulfilled prophecies save the Lord Jesus is and then on top of that, there is the confirming persuasion of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit takes these first two things and he comes and he says to the household of Cornelius. These things are true. These things are true. Jesus said you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and you shall be witnesses on the main God did not tell me that I have to go out and witness in my own strength God gives me the Holy Spirit as an ally.
Remember we are witnesses of these things and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God had given to them that obey him that if the Holy Spirit of God is not bringing conviction through your life.
It may be that you not living in obedience as God does not give Holy Spirit reference, but to them that obey him as an interesting thing. What would this take a passage notice in verse 44 while Peter yet spake these words. Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word and they of the circumcision that means the Jews which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. Now how did they know that the Holy Ghost was poured out on the Gentiles, for they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.
Then answered Peter, can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we passed the Rogers do you have to speak with tongues in order to be saved. Tongues assigned that you are say no while what is tongues is the ability to speak in a language of never learn the supernatural utterance given of God is assigned now. The first evidence of this is the first happening of this was on the day of Pentecost in acts chapter 2 and I would use that. Now here's a new dimension to the gospel. Now Peter is going to the Gentiles to the household of Cornelius. This is the Gentile Pentecost and the Jews were there they were amazed. They said would you look at that God is given the Holy Spirit to the Gentiles the same way he did. Thomas and what God was saying is, now there's one new body I is called the church Jew and Gentile are like now that was assigned you will have to have that gift repeated when I tried to repeat Pentecost anymore than we try to repeat Bethlehem account. Bethlehem was God with the scalper God force Pentecost as God's. It was assigned. When I praying and asking God for another Pentecost, praying and asking God for the Holy Ghost is sent the Holy Spirit and I got a bike for Christmas was a little boy 24 inch Schwinn candy apple red with cream colored stripes on got a Christmas day. I suppose I come to my parents about New Year's and said mom and dad would you please give me a bike. I need a bike. Please give me by is a summary give you by get on it right okay God has sent the Holy Spirit will have people asking God to do what is already done all this was was a sign that now God is poured out his spirit upon the Gentiles in Jew and Gentile are now one body in the Lord Jesus Christ and then you know what happened. It will happen.
Peter said to these people can any man forbid water, that these should be baptized because Holy Spirit is come upon them as he came upon the look they believe, and then they were baptized even better had let me ask have you believe that if you believe that the next step is for you to make it public and on the first opportunity to follow Jesus simply respective that if you not believe, why not you can if you wish. There is the there's the personal confidence of the soul and demanding they there's a powerful confirmation of the Scriptures.
The Scriptures are proven conclusively that Jesus Christ is Lord, there is the persuasive conviction of the Holy Spirit easier. All you have to do is say yes to the Lord Jesus.
Do you want to say yes to Jesus today. Praying with me right now. Something like this from your heart of God in heaven. I know that I'm a sinner.
I know that I cannot save myself there's not enough good that I can do to earn my way to you, but that's why you sent Jesus to live a perfect life and to pay the penalty for my sin on the cross and then to rise again to new life. Thank you for that promise of new life and I receive it. Right now, come into my heart change me from the inside out. I trust fully in the sacrifice that Jesus made for me and help me to live free.
You from this day forward I pray in Jesus name, amen. If you pray just now to receive Jesus Christ. We want to celebrate with you and invite you to our find God's love page on our website you'll find answers, you may need about your newfound faith simple. Go to LWF.org/radio and click the tab at the top that says find God's love. Welcome to his forever family.
We can't wait to hear from you today what are you confident in Jesus Christ you know enough Scripture to use it to be able to help someone come to know the Lord you ask God to anoint you with the spirits of the team may convict others through New Testament learn to share your faith with others. We hope you'll join us next time. For more from Adrian Rogers right online would find