If you are new to Lighthouse Baptist Church, please plan on joining us for a New Visitor’s Reception following the morning service (7/27) in room 203 (next to Bookstore). This a great opportunity to meet the Pastoral Staff and ministry leaders and get a better understanding of ministries & services that our church provides. A light lunch will be provided. For questions or more information, please contact Associate Pastors Scott Northcutt (461-5561 Ext 137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chris Chaney (461-5561 Ext 121 or email email@example.com)
BACK TO ACTS…MAKING CHRIST KNOWN…ACTS 4:8-22…PART SIX
In these verses as well as previous verses, we see some of Christ followers moving with a holy determination to make Christ known to those outside the church. We become aware that these disciples refused to be silenced. This is the third occasion (chapters 2, 3, 4) of a sermon by Peter including the message on the Day of Pentecost. May we make one observation as regarding Bible preaching? The early church was actively engaged in public preaching. These three occasions were used by the disciples to lift up their voice and proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ. They were bold to tell their audience who Christ was and that he was now alive and active in their lives. They made known to the crowds whomsoever they were and wherever they were the truth of the Savior.
Peter’s text for this brief sermon was found in the Book of Psalms 118:22, “The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.” Peter also uses this verse in his epistle in 1 Peter 2:6-8. We are aware also that this verse is quoted from Isaiah 28:16. Jesus also makes reference to this stone in the Gospel of Matthew 21:41-46
“The Jews had a legend that when the temple of Solomon was in the course of construction, all the stones sent out from the quarry below were practically the same size. Then one day a stone was found of a different size and shape from the rest. The workman tipped it over the cliff. “This must be a mistake”…—and it fell down into the valley of Kedron. It took seven years to build Solomon’s temple, and at the end of these seven years they were ready for the chief corner stone to be put into position. Only then did they realize that they had “rejected” and tipped this stone over the cliff. So it was searched for and found, and placed in position.”
Peter took up this legendary story, which had been passed on through the centuries and he said, “That stone was a picture of Christ, whom you have rejected.” There are a number of passages that speak of the stone.
Christ is THE STONE not just a stone. Salvation is in a person. It is in the person of Jesus Christ our Lord. It is not in a creed, nor in a church, nor a system, a denomination, nor in works. Christ is the only one who has the authority to save because he was sinless and took our place as sinners. He became our substitute. Here also in this passage and this sermon by Peter in chapter four we have the verse that many and most of us have memorized early in our Christian life. Immediately after making reference to the Stone in his message he gives to us Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Notice there are several results of the boldness of these two disciples. The people were made to observe that God had made a great change in the life of this lame man—look at verse 14. Because of this change the people could not make any criticism. Notice the power of a changed life. What can the world say to a new convert when they see the change in their life? The power of the Gospel is not debatable.
Verses 19 and 20 indicated to the people that they would do what is “right in the sight of God”. This should be our goal as well. The other thought comes from verse 20 where they indicate that they are determined and compelled to do that which God had given them to do even in opposition. Finally verse 21 speaks of their praise for the Lord.
The teens will be concluding their July Blitz of activities on Saturday (7/26) with their Annual Trolley Race. They’ll meet at 9:00 am at the lower parking lot and will return around 3 pm. The cost for the activity will be $5 for an all-day trolley pass. Also, bring a sack lunch or money to buy lunch. Please see Youth Pastor Kirk Harrell (461-5561 Ext 136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
The Senior Saints will have their monthly fellowship at the Olive Garden (in La Mesa) on Wednesday (7/23) at 12:00 pm. Contact Associate Pastor Scott Northcutt (461-5561 ext 137 or email email@example.com for questions or more information.
The teens will be continuing their July Blitz of activities on Monday (7/21) when they head to Belmont Park. They’ll meet at 5:30 at the lower parking lot and will return around 10 pm. The cost for the activity will be $15 for unlimited laser tag or rides. Please see Youth Pastor Kirk Harrell (461-5561 Ext 136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Please join us on Saturday, June 21st as we begin our outreach for our God & Country service on June 29th. We’ll meet in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 for a light breakfast and then we’ll board buses to head to some of our local military base housing areas. For questions or more information, see Brothers Art Champagne or Earl Jefferson.
Three weeks ago we had an article entitled The Book of Acts. We have had a pause to accommodate the 30/60 Anniversary and of course Father’s day last week. Now let us continue our thoughts from the Book of Acts. If you remember, we shared some basic background on this book of Acts. We also encouraged you to do some study on this key book of Church History and guidance for the local church today.
THE CHURCHES MANDATE…Acts 1:8. ”But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Most Bible students agree that this is the key verse for the book of Acts. Most Bible students believe that the early church endeavored to and in most cases were able to accomplish this mandate in their generation. However, the Mandate remains for our generation as well. The question comes to the church today with 7 million souls on 6 continents plus the islands of the sea. How is the gospel to be spread today, and who are the people to do it, and what are the resources for doing it?
THE PEOPLE CHOSEN BY THE LORD…God has not chosen angels or supermen, but ordinary men and women to be His witnesses. Notice in this verse (Acts 1:8) the times that the word “You or Ye” are given. Yes, the Lord has chosen people like you and me to take the challenge and be His witnesses.
THE PLAN ADOPTED BY THE LORD…If we are indeed to be a witness for our Lord, what is the function of a witness? As a witness, one is to tell what he or she knows about a certain situation. A witness must tell not what he thinks or supposes, but what he has personally experienced. When we read from the gospels we will readily see our Lord sharing in this fashion with those He comes into contact with. Perhaps, this thought is best summed up with this phrase from Acts 1:8, “Ye shall be witnesses unto me…” Both ingredients are listed here. We shall be witness for the Lord Jesus Christ. Our witness is not to a denomination or other systems or creeds, but to the master soul winner Himself.
THE PLACE INDICATED BY THE LORD…Where are God’s witnesses to go? Acts 1:8 give us a clear direction as to where we shall go, “Jerusalem, all Judaea, Samaria and the uttermost…” Luke 24 again spells out the direction for us. Mark also says, “They went everywhere preaching…” The enemies of the Gospel also testified to the fact that the early Christians were strong in their personal and corporate witness. We must realize that if we are to be a witness we too must begin in “Jerusalem”. Begin at home.
THE POWER SUPPLIED BY THE LORD…Someone has said that God never asks us to do something without giving to us the where-with-all to accomplish it. Our verse indicates as much, “Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit has come upon you…” Our source of power and supply comes to us through the working of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
THE PERIOD GIVEN TO ACCOMPLISH OUR TASK BY THE LORD…Acts 1:9-11 are verses indicating that we have a specific time to complete this task. It is the period between the ascension of Christ until He returns to receive the Church, His bride. Of course, we do not know this specific time but are taught to “occupy until I come.” “The whole duty of the whole church is to carry the whole Gospel to the whole world.”
One must take time and read carefully through this chapter. Someone has indicated this chapter to be “love in the social realm.” Within this chapter is some amazing information of our relationships with one another and within the local New Testament church. If you have not read this chapter of late please take a few moments and look carefully at the wording found there. However there are three verses in this chapter that is very noticeable in our thoughts and emphasis on this 30/60 anniversary celebration.
They are verses 7; 17; and 24. Verse 7 reads, “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the Word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.” Verse 17 reads, “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls; as they that give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” Verse 24 reads, “Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints.”
Here are three amazing verses packed with wonderful instruction for those of us who love and embrace the teachings of God’s Holy Word. These verses have a word that pose a problem for many and that word is rule. However Colossians 3:15 gives us a good definition of this word, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” The idea of the word rule here is the word referee which gives to us a good explanation of what the Holy Spirit is saying to us. God desires for us to do thing decently and in order. Someone has to guide us and God has placed in Scripture those who shall perform these duties
RESPONSIBILITY is the emphasis given in verse 7. The word is Remember. Many times in Scripture this word makes reference to support for those who are called to guide us in spiritual things. There are a number of references regarding this thought in the New Testament. Verse 7 is encouraging us to take our Biblical responsibility for those who “watch for our souls”.
ACCOUNTABILITY is the second word found in response to verse 17. Here we find the word “obey” which is troubling to some who have not observed the entire verse. This verse tells us that our leadership must give account for our souls. This is an amazing thought when we think of the load one must carry that is called and sent by God to help bring souls to Christ. We too have a responsibility for the Scripture states that we should make the job of this minister a joy and not to bring grief.
RESPECTABLILITY is the word that perhaps should appear with verse 24. Again the word rule is the word of authority. We are told however to “salute” those in authority. I have been told that when a military person salutes that they are saluting the authority of the rank that one may wear. This perhaps is what the Scripture is indicating to us that we are to salute the authority of the rank that one may wear. One does not take this authority but it is given to him/her. In this case it is the call of God. As we honor our Pastor and wife today let us not only show our responsibility, accountability but also our respectability
PASTOR AND MRS. FISHER WE SALUTE YOU TODAY FOR YOU MANY YEARS OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE.
THIS ARTICLE TODAY IS WRITEN AND PRESENTED BY OUR LIGHTHOUSE STAFF.
The Memorial Day picnic will be held on Monday, May 26th at Rohr Park. We’ll meet around 10 am at the area designated R2 (at west end of the park by Lot A) . This is a pot-luck so please bring hot dogs, hamburgers and a side to share. Please see Pastor Jordan for questions or more information. For directions to Rohr Park, please check out the City of Chula Vista’s web site .
The Lighthouse Christian Academy’s End-of-Year Awards Banquet will be held in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday, May 24th at 4:30 pm. We’ll start with the Elementary Awards, take a break for dinner, and then conclude with the Junior and High School Awards. For questions or more information, contact LCA Principal Art Champagne at 461-5561 Ext 131 or email email@example.com.
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