Family Commitment - Part 1
Audio


Delivered By
Pastor jack peters
Delivered On
November 14, 2021 at 10:30 AM
Central Passage
Acts 13:26-39
Subject
Talking Church as a Family #3
Description

ACTS 13:26-39 – FAMILY COMMITMENT – Part 1

TALKING CHURCH AS A FAMILY #3

You’ve probably never heard of Kevin Roose. He spent a semester at Liberty University, pretending to be a Christian. He went under cover to write the book, The Unlikely Disciple. He found it relatively easy to fit into the culture there. As long as he went to Bible Study, said grace at meals, and was on time for church, no one questioned him about His faith after the first few weeks. Everyone assumed that he was a Christian.

Our theme in all our services through mid-December is “Family Talk”. In the morning service we are talking faith as a family. We’ve already seen that we are family:

  • We are born and adopted.
  • We are established and commanded.
  • We are responsible and responsive.

Last week we examined the Lord’s Table as the Family Memorial. This week we are thinking of the commitment each of us must make in order to live out the Christian life as a member of the Family of God in the local family, the local church.

It won’t surprise you that the first part of the commitment is to Believe. What may surprise you is that I’m taking a whole sermon to talk about it. After all, I preach the Gospel every week.

The reason I’m doing this is because it’s easy look like you believe and act like you believe, when for whatever reason, you have not believed. You may be assuming your own salvation, or you may be pretending on purpose. I am not your judge, but I am your pastor, and I care about your Spiritual well-being.

The first step of Commitment to the Family of God is to BELIEVE!

SEE THE BEAUTY OF GOD’S CREATION. Genesis 2:24-27

SEE THE HOPELESSNESS OF YOUR CONDITION.

Mark 7:20-23, Romans 3:10-23, 6:23

SEE THE SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST’S CRUCIFIXION.

Acts 13:26-30, 1 John 2:2, 1 Peter 2:22-24

TAKE THE STEPS TO TRUE CONVERSION

  • “Conversion itself is required.” John 3:3-7
  • “Conversion requires a clear understanding of the Gospel.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
  • “Conversion requires genuine faith.” – Repent in sorrow and turn to Christ alone. Acts 13:38-40, Ephesians 2:8-9
  • “Conversion is followed by a changed life.”                                  2 Corinthians 5:17  
  • “Conversion results from God’s action.” Ephesians 1:3-6

J. Mack Stiles, Marks of the Messenger (Downers Grove, IL, IVP Books, 2010) pp 79-80 Scriptures added by me.

ACCEPT THE PATH OF CONSECRATION – Acts 13:43, 52, Galatians 2:20, Colossians 1:21-23, Hebrews 3:14

 

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