Please plan on joining us on Sunday (8/31) evening for our Annual Old Fashioned Sunday service. Dress up or down and spend some fun time with the whole family. Stay after the evening service for Food (Pizza; Chicken; Root Beer Floats), Fun (Leadership Dunk Tank; Balloon Jumpers for the kids) and good, old-fashioned Fellowship.
Teens, please plan on joining us on Friday (8/29) at 6:30 pm in the Main Auditorium for a special Youth Rally. Our special speaker will be Pastor Charlie Clark (Solid Rock Baptist Church, Berlin NJ). For questions or more information, please contact Youth Pastor Kirk Harrell (461-5561 Ext 136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please be in prayer for the Lighthouse Christian Academy’s Revival meetings this Monday through Friday (8/25-8/29). Our special speaker will be Pastor Charlie Clark III (Solid Rock Baptist Church, Berlin NJ). Everyone is welcome to join us in the Lower Auditorium at 8:40 am.
Also, there will be a special Parent’s Session with Pastor Clark on Tuesday (8/26) at 7 pm in the Lower Auditorium
For questions or more information, please contact the LCA Principal Art Champagne (461-5561 Ext 131 or email email@example.com)
I trust that you are taking a fresh look at the “road map” for the New Testament local church found for us in the 5th book of the New Testament called Acts. This is our ninth study. We must be reminded occasionally that the Lord has not left us in the dark as to the church and our responsibility toward it.
We come now to a chapter that has drawn much attention in our study of the local church. This chapter gives us insight as to the type of persecution that was found in the early church. There were problems within the body and the last verses of this chapter indicate to us that there was persecution from without. We must be reminded that the building of the church is the work of the Lord Jesus Christ as we are told that He is the builder of the church. He has told us that “He will build the church”. The Holy Spirit is the administrator of the church and He is working through yielded Christians as He did in this passage. We must also remember that here we have the beginnings of the church and its establishment and we are perhaps working on the flip side. Many believe that we are approaching the coming of Christ for His church. Are there lesson we should learn about the work of the church in this passage before us?
• God’s plan for His Church/work is multiplication. We note that this word is used rather often in the early chapters of Acts. If nothing else it means “greatly increasing”. From Pentecost on there were great in gatherings of precious souls. Acts 2:42, “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”
• Multiplication many times brings murmuring as indicated in this passage. It was a conflict between the Greek-speaking Jews and the Jerusalem Jews. The problem was quickly settled however it was the murmuring that was the problem. The widows were being neglected.
• Christian leaders must fearlessly guard His work for His glory. In this happening a quick adjustment following a wise decision prompted a good outcome. Those of us who have been involved in God’s work realize that misunderstandings do occur but God wants to help us.
• God’s workers must stay at their appointed task. Notice in verse 4 the leadership recognized their calling and the work God had appointed them to fulfill. This is a powerful lesson that is being taught to the young early church but a lesson that is to be followed.
• Care must be taken in appointing leaders. Thank God He has given to us a very great example of our task of leadership and spiritual discernment from this passage in Acts 6. Here we have God’s standard for leaders to be selected and serve. The basis for their leadership was spiritual. The first two names do appear in a very important place in the early church.
• Perhaps Romans 12:10 might be the verse to share at this time, “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another. The names of these 7 chosen seem to have Greek names. Remember it was the Grecians that had the complaint. Maybe there is a lesson here in that the Holy Spirit used those of the same grouping to help settle the problem.
• When we as God’s servants act wisely under His direction His work will prosper. Verse seven, how can we say it, it is a very sweet verse. Read again verse seven and see how much the Holy Spirit has packed into this verse. What a great outcome.
The Lighthouse Christian Academy will be having a Parent/Student Orientation on Tuesday (8/12) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All parents of enrolled students are required to attend as the LCA staff will go over the LCA handbook and changes to the upcoming school year. For questions or more information, contact the LCA school office (461-5561 Ext 117)
The Lighthouse Bible Institute 2014-15 Fall Semester will begin at Monday (8/11) 7:00 pm in the Fellowship with an opening assembly. All credit students are required to attend and auditing students are encouraged to attend. For questions or more information, please see Brother Russ Prock (461-5561 Ext 115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
I trust you took a good long look at Acts chapter five. our study today will continue to glean some other thoughts from this pivotal chapter in our study of the Book of Acts.
It was no easy thing to live and witness for Christ in the first century. Over and over again God’s servants were persecuted, humiliated, imprisoned and beaten, all because they were faithful to their Lord. In verses 12-28 in particular and especially in verses 17-18 we read the indignation of the Sadducees who “laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.” While these servants of the Lord were in that common prison, however, the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, “Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life” (verses 19-20). Incidentally, it is interesting to compare the ministry of angels with that of men. The angels have their divinely appointed limitations. They can open prison doors and speak to the apostles, but they cannot enter into the joy and privilege of preaching the gospel that of course is the prerogative of the sinner saved by grace and commissioned and empowered by our Lord.
We have noticed several things about these men and about the way they fulfilled their commission to “go, to stand, and to speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.” Verse 21 tells us they entered into the temple early in the morning and taught. But had they not been commanded or forbidden to speak in this Name? They had gotten their authority from God and embracd it. Not only did they embrace the authority but they had the right attitude. They rejected the negative command from the Sadducees and did what the Lord had commanded them to do with boldness. First they were filled with the Holy Spirit which made them speak. Second they prayed for holy boldness, as we learn from Acts 4:29. Third they were determined to obey God; Acts 5:29 tell us this. Do we have this same holy audacity in making Christ know to others? Of course they attracted quiet an audience as they began to speak and they did as commanded, “All the words of this life”.
There are several lessons from Acts chapter 5 for us today:
• Whenever God is truly working, the Devil will also be at work…See verses 17-18.
• It is always safe to trust God when we are doing His will…See verses 18-19.
• We may still believe in and rejoice in the ministry of God’s angels. Verses 19-21
• We ought to obey God rather than men. Verse 29.
• God empowers with the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him. Verse 32.
• To be effective witnesses for the Lord of Glory we must know the partnership of the Holy Spirit. See verse 32. Peter says, “We are His witnesses…and so is also the Holy Ghost.”
• When God initiates a work, He will prosper and complete it. See verses 38-39.
• The presence of the Holy Spirit is vital and central to the local New Testament church. We must be quick to see this throughout this 5th chapter of Acts.
The 2014 Semester of the Lighthouse Bible Institute will commence on Monday (8/11). Registration will continue on Sunday (8/10) in room 203. Whether you are taking the classes for audit or credit, please take a moment to register for the classes. For questions or more information, please contact Brother Russ Prock (461-5561 Ext 115 or email email@example.com)
Please come and join us in reaching San Diego through our Citywide Evangelism ministry on Friday (8/8) at 8 pm and Saturday (8/9) at 4 pm. Outreach opportunities will include: preaching; one-on-one witnessing; instrument playing and signing; Gospel tract distribution and praying. We will be departing from the church lower parking lot on a bus. For questions and more information, please see Brother Steve Grell or Chris Bailey.
BACK TO ACTS—REVIEWING ACTS CHAPTER FIVE—STUDY NUMBER SEVEN.
There are at least six main thoughts found in this powerful chapter of Acts five. Each one of them is a special study in itself. However because of time and space our goal for this study is to get you to read and reread this chapter of 42 verses. One might say that in this chapter we continue to see the “real” New Testament church manifest itself and the Holy Spirit records it for us to guide us in the 21st century in our local churches. We will not labor over each division of this chapter but bring it to our attention and note some of the powerful verses and thoughts within each division. In these separate divisions of the chapter we see the workings of the Lord, angels and followers of the Lord as well as the enemies of the new church. One might say here we see the reality of the New Testament church in one chapter.
• The sin of Ananias and Sapphira…This is an amazing story and is somewhat similar to a happening in the Old Testament where two offered “strange fire” on the new Tabernacle altar and God took their lives also (Lev. 10:1). In both cases, God was establishing the purity and holiness of his place of worship. We know this story well for we have heard many sermons and many discussions. However, perhaps the bottom line to this incident is verse 11, “And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.” God can and will get our attention.
• The Apostles mighty miracles…Yes we do have record of God using the Apostles to bring miracles and healing to those all about them. However, there is no doubt this was possible because of the hand of God working in their midst. Verse 14, “And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.” They were added to the Lord. Amen.
• The scene now changes…off to prison…We were seeing mighty happening all about but now we see that things have changed in the life of the apostles. Verses 18-19, “And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth…” Again we must see how this incident ends, “Saying, did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? And, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
• Apostles preach to the Council…Verse 29, “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, we ought to obey God rather than man.” This bold statement was perhaps the answer to the New Testament church in the first century.
• The council reacts and Gamaliel gives advice. In verses 33-39 is the attempt of the Council to do something to the fact that the New Testament church was filling the city with its doctrine. Now we see the bottom line once again in verse 39, “But if it be God, ye cannot over-throw it, lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.”
• Shame for His name…We conclude this amazing chapter with the last three verses. Look how the Holy Spirit summarizes the thoughts of this chapter for us, “And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go, And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”
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