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Acts 18:24-28

Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.

John Wesley
John Wesley was the founder of the Methodist movement. In the early 1700s, John was raised in the home of a minister. He attended Charterhouse and Oxford and he was subsequently ordained into clergy of the Church of England. While he was at Oxford he helped to form what was called “the holy club.” Finally he accepted an invitation from the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel to become a missionary to the American Indians in Georgia, where he failed miserably.

Forced to return to England he wrote, “I went to America to convert the Indians; but, oh, who shall convert me?” Upon His return to England John met with an old friend from a group called the Moravians who led him into an understanding of faith and grace. Prior to that experience, he knew more theology and was more dedicated than most believers, but he was powerless. Much like Apollos, he was filled with knowledge but his understanding of the Gospel was incomplete, like many in our city and our churches today.

Apollos was Jewish-raised with an understanding of the law and ceremonies, and the coming Messiah. He was a native of Alexandria and highly educated (the Alexandrian library held 700K books). He was eloquent and competent in the Scriptures and understood the Bible – he may have worked on the interpretation of the Hebrew OT to Greek. He was instructed in the way of the Lord and had been exposed to some things of Jesus/Messiah. What he knew of Jesus, he taught accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. John the Baptizer preached repentance and the coming Messiah; his call was to prepare the way for the Messiah. Apollos’ message was not incorrect or insincere, just incomplete – he did not know the full story. How much did he know? Apparently not the death, resurrection and the Spirit of God who comes onto all who believe.

Like many of us today, we understand only half or part of what the Gospel has for us. We hear it preached that we are saved by grace and from that point there seems to be two paths: an over-realized position of grace or an under-realized position of grace.

Over-realized position
New creation – Forgiven with no more sin, this group over-emphasizes positional sanctification, but neglects the process of being sanctified. There is no working out of salvation or demonstration of love through obedience. This group does not understand the holiness of God and lives under a powerless life.

Under-realized position
New Creation – Forgiven and justified, this group emphasizes the process of becoming sanctified, but lacks the positional sanctification in Christ. This group is always working and never rests; and therefore lives under condemnation, failure and a powerless life.

The first position lessens the need to appropriate grace and the call to holiness. The second position gives us no standing for grace and makes the call to holiness impossible. Both positions negate the need for grace and faith, believing grace is solely for the past (salvation). The Gospel, the Good News that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and raised from the dead, that He called us from darkness to life, is not only the key to salvation but our walk with Him in this world. God’s grace is just as important for our living out the Gospel as it is for our salvation, justification and sanctification. We are justified in Christ, positionally set apart and made holy, but we are also to work out our salvation, to run the race, to continue on.

1 Peter 2:5

You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

James 1:4

And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Hebrews 10:10-14

And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

We are sanctified and we are being sanctified – this should be no surprise as the Kingdom is here but not fully here; we see through a glass dimly so we see but not fully.

How does a proper understanding of grace and faith affect the way we handle sin?

Understand that by faith in Christ, positionally we are holy, set apart, and righteous – there is no condemnation for past, present, or future sin. We give thanks for the grace we have experienced, we rely on grace for victory in the present and we hope in the grace that is ours in the future. His victory is ours (1 John 5:4) and we have a new nature (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15) BUT also realize that we are being made holy through our walk. We are being transformed from one degree of glory to the next (2 Corinthians 3:18) and conformed in the image of Christ (Romans 8:29); as we walk in the Spirit, we have victory over our flesh (Galatians 5:16-17).

We are moved by our love for God. Our love for Him is demonstrated as we act in faith through obedience to the Father (1 John 5:2; 1 John 2:1-3). As our love for God grows, our obedience grows and He becomes our treasure and our great delight because we fix our eyes on Him (Psalm 119:11).

John 17:17 – Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
Psalm 119

Saturate yourself in the Word of God and let Him do the work – let Him identify the strongholds, the idols, and the weakness of your flesh. Idols are powerless in the presence of God (1 Samuel 5 – The Philistines captured the ark of God and set it next to Dagon, god of the Philistines. During the night, Dagon fell face down before the ark with its hands and head cut off – the ark represents the power and presence of God).

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Who Jesus is (Theological), What He did (Missional-incarnation), Why (Relational-Restoration)
Isaiah 9:6 (700-740 years before Jesus)
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
The incredible miracle amongst many miracles in the birth of Christ, that is the human and the divine coming together in Jesus. For to Us a child is born, the human side of the coming of Jesus, His humanity, His vulnerability, His sacrifice, what we celebrate, the nativity
To us a Son is given, the divine side, the only begotten Son of God appearing, Immanuel, God with us! (1 John 4:9 God manifest His love by giving His only begotten son; John 3:16)
This Child, this Son, is the seed of woman that will bruise the head of the serpent that was promised in Genesis 3:15
This Child, this Son is the seed that was promised to Abraham to a blessing to “all nations” Genesis 22:18
This Child, this Son is the Son promised to David that would establish his throne forever, 2 Samuel 7:16
This Child, This Son was the One who was to be born of a virgin Isaiah 7:14
This Child this Son is the One the writer of Hebrews spoke, “Let all the angels worship Him” Hebrews 1:6
This Child, this Son was the One who’s birth was heralded by angels to poor shepherds Luke 2:9
This Child, this Son was declared to be the Savior, Christ, Messiah Lord Luke 2:11
Martin Luther once remarked that the Incarnation consisted of three miracles: “The first, that God became man; the second, that virgin was a mother, and the third, that the heart of man should believe it.”
Mark 9 demon possessed boy the “If you can..” Jesus “If I can…all things are possible for those who believe” Father I believe help my unbelief
And the Government shall be upon His shoulders…
We will get to this third week (restoration) but just want to touch on it this am
He will establish His earthly rule and reign forever and ever. He will bear the weight of His people
Isaiah 9:7
Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
His kingdom is here within us but not fully here. Some day He will rule and reign over a new heaven and new earth.
“He will be called Wonderful Counselor” (Isaiah 9:6).
The word “wonderful” means ” to excite wonder or admiration; exciting surprise; strange; astonishing.” In the OT is was used to describe things that man could not understand. Like:
Psalm 139:6
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
Jesus Christ, in every area of His life from birth, to death and resurrection was wonderful. Beyond our understanding –
Charles Spurgeon
“His name shall be called Wonderful.” And first I shall notice that Jesus Christ deserveth to be called Wonderful for what he was in the past; secondly, that he is called Wonderful by all his people for what he is in the present; and in the third place, that he shall be called Wonderful, for what he shall be in the future.

What was Jesus in the past?
Col 1:15-17
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Creator – Exact image of God = God, Firstborn=preeminent, sustainer of life ruler over all,

John 1:1-4; 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Was God, always been, pre existent, creator, life, light – He is wonderful
What is He in present?
God, Savior King, Light, Life, Our Redeemer, Our Advocate, Lord, Prince of Peace, Reconciler, Our Friend, Our Brother, The Great High Priest, Son of God, our Sustainer, our Way, the Truth. The Great Shepherd, The Holy One, The Alpha and the Omega, The First and the Last, the Hope of Glory. The Image of the Invisible God, the Resurrection and the Life, The Great I AM, and the list goes on.. He is wonderful
What is He in the future?
Returning King, Powerful with great glory. Raiser of the dead, to be feared, Lord forever, father of eternity, Almighty Judge, Ruler, the Holy One, His glory will light new heavens and earth, He will return
Revelation 19:11-16
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
He is wonderful, wonderful Counselor. The word counselor means “advisor or ruler” He speaks only truth and rules perfectly. He revealed the mind and heart of God. He leads us into the presence of God the Father.
“and His name shall be called . . . Mighty God”
It is first of all a statement of deity. The baby born in the manger is not just the Son of God, he is also God the Son. All the fullness of God dwells in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is “very God of very God.”
Colossians 2:9
For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,

The word translated “mighty” means “strong one” or “powerful, valiant warrior.” Thus the term “mighty God” is actually a military title. He is the God who fights for his people! He destroyed the works of the enemy

At the Incarnation, God took the form of human flesh. That’s why one of his names is Immanuel-
And His name shall be called…Everlasting Father
A king, could be called a Father, we use the term Father of our nation. Abraham was father of nations (Genesis 17:5) Father could refer to an ownership. All these apply to Jesus. The King, the creator, the owner of the everlasting. The father of the world to come, the Father of the Gospel. But Jesus also said “if you have seen me you have seen the Father” I and the Father are one” Jesus revealed the Father.
And His name shall be called… Prince of Peace

As King He preserves peace, commands peace and creates peace He is our peace, and it is his peace that both keeps the hearts of his people and rules in them. He is not only a peaceable prince, and his reign peaceable, but he is the author and giver of all good, all that peace which is the present and future bliss of his subjects. Luke 2:14 and Ephesians 2:14 We have peace with God and the peace of God Colossians 3:16; Philippians 4:7 Peace with God we are no longer under His wrath in Jesus. Peace of God comes from the presence and power of the HS in our lives as He leads and strengthens us.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Jesus, who is He? This Child? This Son? This baby in a manger that we sit atop a coffee table or fireplace hearth? He IS THE Wonderful Counselor, THE Mighty God, THE everlasting Father, THE Prince of Peace – Worthy of ALL our devotion and passion

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Today’s message is about the sovereignty of God throughout Jewish history and throughout world history (free fall)

The Context  13:13-14

Paul, Barnabas and John Mark headed up to Perga, which is asia minor about 170 northwest leaving the birthplace of Barnabas and heading in the direction of Paul’s birthplace which is modern-day Turkey.

It is speculated that  Paul caught Malaria being in the low coastal lands and he needed to get to higher drier climate ( Galatians 4:13  Paul said he ministered to the because of an illness)
Pisidia Antioch in the region of Galatia (not Antioch from where they were sent that’s Syria) was a 100 miles through very rough and dangerous terrain full of bandits (2 Corinthians 11:26) and a rise from sea level to about 3200+

They went to the synagogue, the Jew first (Romans 1:16), they went as was the custom of Jesus to the Synagogue on Sabbath.

Although Paul addresses Jews and those who fear God his message is primarily to the Jews

Paul  takes them through a highlight of Jewish history.  The point is not a history lesson, they knew the history, it was to give understanding of history or perspective on history  It was not random events but God was in control putting the redemptive story together for His purposes That their history was really His story  Paul wanted them to understand that it had been God’s sovereign gracious hand that had led them not their own goodness, strength or power.  It was all God, it is His story, His grace and now that story of grace and redemption continues in the person and work of Jesus

The Content A (history)13:17-30  

V17a, it is God who chooses Israel from all the people of the earth for his special purposes.(Ephesians 1 God calls us Eph 2 that no man would boast)
V17b God made the people great during their stay in Egypt. It was not mere natural fertility. God made them grow. Exodus 1:7,12 Pharaoh asked midwives to kill the male babies The Hebrews women have babies too fast we cannot get there in time Exodus 1:15
V17c, it says God led them out of Egypt with an uplifted arm. God demonstrated His power  He was their deliverer  Exodus 6:6
V18, God bore with Israel in the wilderness. Not nurturing but sustaining Or God carried Israel like a father carries a child Deuteronomy 1:31. God was the guide and sustainer and Father in the wilderness.
V19a, it was God who destroyed the seven nations in the land of Canaan. people swung the sword, but it was the hand of God who gave victory.                Proverbs 21:31, “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.” Psalm 33
V19b, it was God who gave Israel the land of Canaan as an inheritance. He owned it. It’s his to give to his children who trust him. It was not the Canaanites’ land. It was God’s. The earth is his for he made it (Psalm 95:5). Who owns America?  Who made this nation great?  Who can build a nation up or tear it down all for His glory and grace?  Who put this land together resource by resource, mineral upon mineral, water, food supply and some of the most fertile earth in the world?  Did we do that?
V20, it was God who gave them judges. These rulers did not rise up merely in the course of human events. God raised them up.
V21, it was God who gave to Israel her first king, Saul.
V22a, it was God who removed Saul. Just like Daniel 2:21, “God changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings.”  Daniel 4:32, “The Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.” God removed Saul.  It is God who places the politicos in place and set them up ad tears them down for His purposes  Trust in God not the politicians
V22b, God raised up David the son of Jesse. God chose him—a young nobody God took Saul down and put David up.
V23, it was God who brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus— “as he promised.”
V24–25, we meet John the baptizer. And what Paul quotes him as saying is that he takes attention off himself and put it on the Christ, God’s anointed Savior. “I am not he. No, but after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.” Jesus said that no prophet born of woman was greater than John (Luke 7:28). Yet John says, he is not worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals. In other words the point of John’s words are to show that Jesus is the center of the story.
V26, when Paul says, “To us has been sent the message of this salvation,”  Who sent  message? The answer is God.
V27-28, even those who did not know God participated in God’s plan If a person reads and understands God’s prophecies and fulfills them, you may conclude that they partnered with God to get them done.
V29, Paul makes the same point: “And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb.” What was happening in the arrest and trial and death of Jesus was not mainly the work of man. It was God’s plan laid out in Scripture. Paul shares the same God-centered view of history that Peter expressed in his first sermon in Acts 2:23, “This Jesus was delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God” ( Acts 4:28).
V30, it is God who raises Jesus from the dead: “But God raised him from the dead.”  God has been at work from the beginning and was at work in the death and resurrection, and is at work now in sending the message of this salvation.

Paul to this point has recounted in a general sense the history of Israel – Salvation and that salvation has come In the person of Jesus This was not an historical free fall but acts of a sovereign God

The Content B (present) 13:31-47 (on screen)

Fulfilled promise V32 we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers  (Jesus fulfilled the OT promises of the Messiah 25 descriptive pieces alone in Isaiah 53)   Jesus after His resurrection met some disciples on a road to Emmaus.  Luke 24:26-27 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself  Luke 24:44-48  Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”  Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

Jesus incorruptible and David corruptible V32-37  David stayed in the ground Jesus did not  (Psalm 16:10 will not let your Holy One see corruption)
Jesus is the  greater David – God raised Jesus brought forgiveness of sin  V37-38
Jesus is the greater Moses   V39  Jesus freed us from things that the law of Moses never could  Moses was a foreshadow of Jesus – both were threatened at birth, came out of Egypt, both delivered people from bondage, both intermediary between God and man – Both prophets – Moses was temp Jesus once and for all.
Warning against disbelief V40-47   Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about:  rejection and harden of heart

The Consequence  13:48-52

Jews reject – Were they seeking God?  Even in rejection they fulfilled God’s prophecy.

Gentiles accept and rejoice

Word of God achieves it purposes – Gospel power V48-52  as many as were appointed to eternal life believed  – According to design  V48

The Word spread V49

Those who believed were filled with joy V52

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Acts 11

1 The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him 3 and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”

Do followers of Jesus make comments like this today? If the bride of Christ is supposed to reflect Jesus, why are we so ineffective? Do visitors feel welcomed at Remedy, or do we make them feel as though they are ‘not part of the club?’ What about at your work place? What about your neighborhood?

15 “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning.16 Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?” 18 When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

God does not show partiality. Discuss ways that believers show partiality towards other non-believers? What about among other believers?

Pastor Mark mentioned that showing partiality is like us saying, ‘everyone else can go to hell.’ Although none of us would ever wish anyone to hell, especially if we grasped the reality of living in an environment without God, we are essentially wishing others to hell by not sharing our faith. How can we have a better sense of urgency for people who do not know Him?

If there is no partiality, is anyone beyond the love of Christ? How does this thought impact ‘your choice’ for the Philip Project? Go big! The ‘further gone’ a person seems, the more glory Christ will receive from his or her heart transformation. When you have time, check out Ricardo’s story on YouTube: Homosexual Transformed by the Gospel.

19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. 22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.

Do other people look at your life and want what you have? Does your life speak of how good God has been to you and your family? Does your life make others see their own diagnosis (broken and in need of Jesus)?

Is there something that is holding you back from letting go and falling 100% into the arms of Jesus? Which areas of your life are you blatantly choosing to look your ‘x-ray’ and are okay without “fixing” your brokenness? How important is your need to surrender to Jesus?

The Remedy Lodi Acts 11:19 version:

19.1. Now those who lived in Lodi because of jobs and families traveled throughout the city as far as Galt, Sacramento, and Elk Grove, speaking the word to no one except the familiar, the safe, the comfortable. 19.2. But there were some of them, men and women, full of faith and the Holy Spirit, who spoke to the outcast, disenfranchised, drug-addicted, the unchurched, the vulgar, folks who looked different and sounded different, both straight and gay, lovely and unlovely, preaching the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.

Do you relate more to 19.1 or 19.2? If you relate more to 19.1, what steps can you take to become more like version 19.2? How does prayer factor into becoming more like Jesus?

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Community Group and Mission (standalone – various passages)

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