Sermons by Brad Mills (Page 31)
Grace elevates our concern for the glory of God and the salvation of his people over our own safety or reputation.
As the church grows, so does its need for leadership and structure.
What is the price of their silence? What will it take to put an end to their preaching? What is the price for your silence?
The purpose of this passage is to provide a picture of a healthy church. God is developing a healthy church by fulfilling his purposes in and through them.
This morning we will see that the dangers this community faced were not only from the outside, but they faced the danger of hypocrisy within.
The lesson of this passage is simple: The Holy Spirit provides boldness to proclaim the gospel in the face of persecution.
The phrase at the beginning and end of this sermon refers to Jesus as “the servant” of God. So my outline combines the two themes with the servant figure.
In chapters 3-4 we see the intricate connection between the physical & spiritual realms. This temporal/physical healing has eternal/spiritual significance.
Regarding the breaking of bread; as the Lord shows us hospitality, so we are to show hospitality to others. Even though “breaking of bread” is found in verse 42 and 46, it is not exclusively talking about the Lord’s Supper, nor is it exclusively dealing with table fellowship. There is a complimentary connection between the two: Because Christ receives us at his table, we ought to receive others at our table.
What I want us to see from this passage is that fellowship involves the regular interaction of repentant believers who share a concern to provide for the spiritual and material well-being of others.