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Counted Worthy to Suffer for His Name (Acts 5:25-42)

Dennis Kreiss, April 8, 2017
Part of the The Coming Spiritual Earthquake series, preached for Growing Together Radio

Counted Worthy to Suffer for His Name
Acts 5:25-42

Do you consider it a privilege and an honor to suffer for your Lord, Jesus Christ? Do you consider it your personal responsibility to speak up and share your faith? So, when was the last time you invited someone to church or had a discussion on spiritual things or shared your faith? How will we ever be considered worthy to suffer for Christ if we have not genuinely, vigorously lived for Christ. If we show the same apathy under persecution as we do in peacetime, there will be no one to persecute!

WE Must Be Working To Make An Impact On The Public Square

We can’t expect the general public to come to us. We must _____ to them

Sunday is only the beginning of your responsibility to God

At least ______ come to Christ through a friend or relative

We Must Make An Impact Regardless Of Whether It Is Acceptable Or Not

28 "Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name?

29 "We must obey ________ rather than _______

We Must Make An Impact Regardless Of Whether It Is Safe Or Not

33 When the Sanhedrin heard this, they plotted to kill them.

40 they called for the apostles and beat them

It is high time we faced our fears and conquered them

We must ________ for our faith today; tomorrow we may have to die for it

WE Must Be Willing To Suffer For His Name

Our culture makes people soft

We are fearful that rejection may tear down our fragile self-image…

…God forbid that we should suffer slander or harm because of our faith

Rom 8:17-18 Present sufferings are not ________ to be compared with future glory

We Must Learn To Rejoice In Suffering

41 they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for His name

James 1:2 tells us to rejoice in our trials
Hebrews 12:12 tells us not to be discouraged, but to stand tall
John 16:33 tells us to be of Good cheer in the midst of tribulation
Matthew 5:10 calls us blessed, when we are persecuted
Matthew 5:12 tells us to rejoice and be exceedingly glad
Philippians 1:29 to you it has been granted to suffer for His sake,

It is a ______________ to suffer for Jesus. It is our purple heart Gal 6:17

We Must Never Stop Spreading The Message

42 daily they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus

At PGCC, we are _____________ to reach unbelievers for Christ

We dream of sharing Jesus with all the residents in the Roseburg area

We must never stop teaching and preaching and sharing Jesus Christ. Our message is this that Man is a sinner, hopelessly unable to please God. But God in his mercy intervened. He came down in the form of the man Jesus Christ, lived a sinless life, died a cruel death on the cross, endured immeasurable suffering. And he did it in order to take my place and to pay for the sins I could not pay for. On the third day, he rose triumphantly from the grave. He was seen by hundreds of people, skeptics and believers alike. After 40 days he ascended into heaven. Now he offers you and me eternal life as a free gift! In order to have eternal life, you must accept this gift exclusively by faith. You must request that God the father give you this gift.

Are you willing to stand with Jesus Christ and tell the world that you are not ashamed of Jesus? Jesus said, If any of you are ashamed of me in this life, I will be ashamed of him in the next life.

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