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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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Acts 5:25-42

25 And someone came and told them, “Look! The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.” 26 Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but not by force, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man's blood upon us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

33 When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. 36 For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice, 40 and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. (ESV)

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