Acts 9:31-43 Freedom

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Exposition of Acts: Freedom

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. POWER OF GOD OVER DREAD
A. FREEDOM FROM PERSECUTION
>>1. NEW PEACE

Acts 9:31a So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had rest
(also Acts 10:37; 13:31; 28:31 II Cor 5:20)

>>2. NEW STRENGTH
Acts 9:31b and was being strengthened.

B. FREEDOM TO GROW
>>1. NEW POWER

Acts 9:31c And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the holy Spirit,
(also Jn 14:16)

>>2. NEW CHURCHES
Acts 9:31d it multiplied.
(also 2:47; 6:7; 12:24; 16:5; 19:20; 28:30-31)

II. POWER OF GOD OVER DISEASE
A. FREEDOM FROM BONDAGE
>>1. NEW PATTERN

Acts 9:32-33 Now as Peter went from place to place among believers, he also came down to the saints living in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed.
(also Acts 5:16)

>>2. NEW HEALING
Acts 9:34a And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.”
(also Mk 2:10-12)

B. FREEDOM TO BELIEVE
>>1. NEW MIRACLE

Acts 9:34b-35a Immediately he rose, and all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him,

>>2. NEW REVIVAL
Acts 9:35b and they turned to the Lord.
(also I Pet 4:11)

III. POWER OF GOD OVER DEATH
A. FREEDOM OF MINISTRY
>>1. NEW SORROW

Acts 9:36-37 Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room.

>>2. NEW APPEAL
Acts 9:38-39 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, modeling tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them.
(also Jn 11; II Chron 2:16; Jonah 1:3)

B. FREEDOM FROM THE LAW
>>1. NEW LIFE

Acts 9:40-41 But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.
(also Mk 5:38-42)

>>2. NEW LIFESTYLE
Acts 9:42-43 And it became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. And he lodged in Joppa for some time with one Simon, a tanner.


Acts 9:10-30, Forged by God

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Exposition of Acts: Forged by God

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. ONE USED OF GOD TO CHANGE A MAN
A. CALLING

>>1. ORDINARY MAN
Acts 9:10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.”
(also I Cor 1:26-39)
>>2. OUT-OF-ORDINARY TASK
Acts 9:11-12 And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.”

B. CHECKMATE
>>1. OBJECTIONS
Acts 9:13-14 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to Your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”
>>2. OVERCOMING
Acts 9:15-16 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine to carry My name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of My name.”

C. CONVERSION
>>1. OBEDIENCE
Acts 9:17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
>>2. OCCURENCE
Acts 9:18-19 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he remained with the disciples at Damascus.
(also I Tim 1:13,16)

Now the story changes from Ananias to Saul. Ananias did the work God called him to do, then drifts back into obscurity.

II. ONE USED OF GOD TO CHANGE THE WORLD
A. CONFOUNDED

>>1. OCCASION
Acts 9:20-21 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Isn’t this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this Name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?”
(also Jn 5:17-18; Mt 26:63-65; II Cor 5:17)
>>2. OWN UP
Acts 9:22 But Saul increased all the more in strength and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Messiah.

B. CONFUSION
>>1. OPPOSITION
Acts 9:23-24a When time had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, but their plot became known to Saul.
(also Gal 1:15-18; II Cor 11:32-33; Acts 9:16)
>>2. OUTWITTED
Acts 24b-25 They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket.

C. COUNSEL
>>1. ORDER
Acts 9:26-27 And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, Who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus.
>>2. OPENNESS
Acts 9:28-30 So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. And he spoke and debated against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him. And when the brothers learned this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.


Acts 9:1-9, Fervor of a Terrorist

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Exposition of Acts: Fervor of Saul

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. MURDEROUS WORK OF SAUL
A. CARRY-OVER

>>1. ACTION
Acts 9:1a But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord,
(Acts 8:3; Num 25:7-8; Phil 3:8; Gal 1:13)
>>2. AUTHORITY
Acts 9:1b-2 went to the High Priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might arrest them and bring them to Jerusalem.

B. TAKE-OVER
>>1. APPROACH
Acts 9:3-4a As he traveled, he approached Damascus. Suddenly, a light from heaven flashed around him. And falling to the ground . . .
(Acts 22:6; 26:12)
>>2. AUDIBLE
Acts 9:4b he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
(Lk 10:41; Mt 23:37)

II. MIRACULOUS WORK OF GOD
A. MAKE-OVER

>>1. ARGUMENT
Acts 9:5a And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
(Phil 3:10-11)
>>2. ASSERTION
Acts 9:5b The Lord said, “I am Jesus, Whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
(Acts 26:14)

B. TURN-OVER
>>1. ASTONISHMENT
Acts 9:6a Trembling and astonished he asked, “Lord, what will You have me do?”
(Acts 22:3-11; 26:12-18; 9:17,27; Gal 1:11-12)
>>2. ANSWER
Acts 9:6b And the Lord answered, “Rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”

III. MINISTERING WORK BY OTHERS
A. CHANGE-OVER

>>1. ASTOUNDED
Acts 9:7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.
>>2. ADDLED
Acts 9:8 Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing.

B. DO-OVER
>>1. ATTENDED
Acts 9:9a So, they led him by the hand, brought him into Damascus,
(I Tim 1:13-15)
>>2. ABASED
Acts 9:9b and for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.


Acts 8:26-40, Faith of Two Men

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Exposition of Acts: Faith of Two Men

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. FAITH TAKES THE SAVING MESSAGE
A. FAITH OBEYS WITHOUT QUESTION

>>1. SUBMIT TO GOD’S PLAN
Acts 8:26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road descending from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is in the desert.
>>2. SOUL WINNING
Acts 8:27a And he rose and went.

B. FAITH OVERCOMES OBSTACLES
>>1. SERVANT OF THE QUEEN
Acts 8:27b And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure.
>>2. STUDENT OF THE WORD
Acts 8:28 He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. (Deut 23:1; Is 56:3-5a)

C. FAITH OPERATES AT GOD’S LEADING
>>1. SENT BY GOD
Acts 8:29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.”
>>2. SPRINT
Acts 8:30a Philip ran to him . . .

II. FAITH SHARES THE SAVING MESSAGE
A. FAITH OBSERVES OTHERS’ NEEDS

>>1. SKEPTICISM
Acts 8:30b and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
>>2. SYMPATHY
Acts 8:31 He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

B. FAITH OFFERS UNDERSTANDING
>>1. SEARCH
Acts 8:32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep He was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He opens not His mouth. (Isaiah 53:7-8; 4-6)
>>2. STORY
Acts 8:33 In His humiliation justice was denied for Him. Who can describe His generation? For His life is taken away from the earth.”

C. FAITH OBTAINS OCCASIONS FOR EVANGELISM
>>1. SCRUTINY
Acts 8:34 And the eunuch asked Philip, “About whom does the prophet say this – about himself or about someone else?” (Rom 3:10-12; 5:8; 10:13)
>>2. SOLUTION
Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this Scripture, he told him the Good News about Jesus.

III. FAITH OBEYS THE SAVING MESSAGE
A. FAITH OUTLINES STEPS OF ACTION

>>1. SURVEY
Acts 8:36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?”
>>2. STIPULATION
Acts 8:37 Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”
And he answered, “I believe Jesus the Messiah is the Son of God!”

B. FAITH OKAYS GROWTH
>>1. SOLICIT
Acts 8:38a And he commanded the chariot to stop,
>>2. SIGN
Acts 8:38b and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. (II Kings 5)

C. FAITH OPENS LIFE TO NEW CHALLENGES
>>1. SEPARATION
Acts 8:39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and continued his on his way rejoicing. (Jn 6:15-21; I Thes 4:15-18)
>>2. SCENE
Acts 8:40 But Philip found himself at Ashdod [Azotus], and as he passed through, he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea. (Acts 1:8; 21:8)


Acts 8:1b-24, Faulty Faith

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Exposition of Acts: Faulty Faith

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. BOLD WITNESS FOR GOD
A. GOSPEL & OPPOSITION

>>1. PERSECUTION
Acts 8:1b-2 And there started on that day [of Stephen’s martyrdom] a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. (Jn 15:20 Acts 1:8; 11:19-20)
>>2. PREACHING
Acts 8:3-4 But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women to prison. Now those who were scattered went about sharing the word. (Phil 3:5-6)

B. GOSPEL & TRANSFORMATION
>>1. PROCLAMATION
Acts 8:5 Philip went down to the city of Samaria, proclaiming to them the Messiah. (Lk 9:51-56; Jn 4; Lk 10:25-37)
>>2. PHENOMENON
Acts 8:6-8 And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed, or lame were healed. So, there was much joy in that city.

II. BLESSED WORK OF GOD
A. GOSPEL & PRESENTATION

>>1. PROMOTION
Acts 8:9-11 But there was a man named Simon, who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, proclaim himself as someone great. Everyone paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is ‘The Great Power of God’” [supreme deity]. And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic. (Mt 2:1)
>>2. PARDON
Acts 8:12-13 But when Philip preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they believed and were baptized, both men and women. Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip, amazed at the signs and great miracles performed.

B. GOSPEL & INITIATION
>>1. PLEASED
Acts 8:14-17 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the holy Spirit, for He had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus only. (Mt 16:19)
>>2. PRAYER
Acts 8:17 They began laying hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

III. BLATANT WICKEDNESS TOWARD GOD
A. GOSPEL & CONFRONTATION

>>1. POWER
Acts 8:18-19 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the holy Spirit.”
>>2. PERISH
Acts 8:20-23 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! You have neither part nor parcel in this matter, for your heart is not right before God.
Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bondage of iniquity.”
(Is 55:1)

B. GOSPEL & CONVERSION
>>1. PROTECTION
Acts 8:24 And Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”
>>2. PROSPER
Acts 8:25 Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.


Acts 7:51-8:1a, Fate of a Martyr

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Exposition of Acts: Fate of a Martyr

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. CONTRAST
A. EXHORTATION

Acts 7:51b-53 “You . . . always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, Whom now YOU have betrayed and murdered, you who received the law as delivered by angels but did not keep it.”
>>1. REJECTION OF SPIRIT OF GOD (Jn 3:36)
>>2. REJECTION OF PROPHETS (Mt 23:28-31)
>>3. REJECTION OF MESSIAH (Mt 9:17)
>>4. REJECTION OF THE LAW (Phil 3:6)

B. EXCORIATION
Acts 7:54 As they listened to this, they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him.
>>1. REACTION IN MIND
>>2. REACTION IN DEFIANCE (Mt 8:12; Acts 4:8; 5:27)

II. CONCENTRATION
A. EXALTATION

Acts 7:55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
>>1. REVELATION OF GLORY
>>2. REVELATION OF JESUS (Mt 26:64; Col 3:1; Mt 10:32)

B. EXCLAMATION
Acts 7:56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
>>1. RESPONSE OF FAITH (Mt 26:65-66)
>>2. RESPONSE OF PROMISE

III. CONDEMNATION
A. EXECUTION

Acts 7:57-58; 8:1 But they cried out with a loud voice and covered their ears and rushed together at him. Then they drove him out of the city and began stoning him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of Saul, a man in the prime of life; Saul gave approval for his execution.
>>1. RETALIATION OF THE MOB (Jn 16:2-3; Mk 5:13)
>>2. RETALIATION OF THE NEW LEADER (Acts 26:10)

B. EXPECTATION
Acts 7:59-60 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
>>1. REPLY OF CONFIDENCE
>>2. REPLY OF FORGIVENESS (Lk 23:34; II Chron 14:11)

WE REST ON THEE
“We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender!
We go not forth alone against the foe;
Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.
Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.

Yes, in Thy Name, O Captain of salvation!
In Thy dear Name, all other names above;
Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation,
Our Prince of glory and our King of love.
Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation,
Our Prince of glory and our King of love.

We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling,
And needing more each day Thy grace to know:
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.

We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender,
Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise;
When passing through the gates of pearly splendor,
Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.
When passing through the gates of pearly splendor,
Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.”

Elizabeth Elliot titled her story of Jim Elliot, “Through Gates of Splendor”


Bro. Alex Sain, Special Speaker July 14

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Special Speaker

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A Sermon by Brother Alex Sain of Kaycee, Wyoming

Continuing his exposition of Daniel. Today is Daniel 2:19-28


Elder Jim Garbutt, Special Speaker July 7

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Special Speaker

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A Sermon by Elder Jim Garbutt

Continuation of Exposition of James. Today is James 1:9


Acts 7:1-50, Familiar Theme

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Exposition of Acts: Familiar Theme

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

Luke takes the stories of FOUR MEN to personalize and lay a strong foundation for Gentile missions that starts in Acts 13 . . .
Martyrdom of Hellenist Stephen (Acts 6-7)
Missionary zeal of Hellenist Philip (Acts 8)
Conversion of Paul a Leading Pharisee from Asia (Acts 9)
Conversion of Roman Centurion Cornelius (Acts 10-11)

I. REJECTION OF GOD’S COVENANT
A. GOD’S PROMISE

>>1. WILLINGNESS
Acts 7:1 And the high priest said, “Are these things so?”
>>2. WARNING
Acts 7:2-7 And Stephen said: “Brothers and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, and said to him, ‘Go out from your land and from your kindred and go into the land that I will show you.’
Then he went out from the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran. And after his father died, God moved him from there to this land in which you are now living. Yet He gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot’s length, but promised to give it to him as a possession and to his offspring after him, though he had no child.
And God spoke to this effect—that his offspring would be sojourners in a land belonging to others, who would enslave them and afflict them four hundred years. ‘But I will judge the nation that they serve,’ said God, ‘and after that they shall come out and worship me in this place.’

B. GOD’S PLAN
>>1. WITNESS
Acts 7:8 And He gave him the covenant of circumcision. And so, Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day, and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.
>>2. WORTHY (also Gen 46:27 v Acts 7:14)
Acts 7:9-16 “And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him and rescued him out of all his afflictions and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household.
Now there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food. But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, He sent out our fathers on their first visit. And on the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family became known to Pharaoh.
And Joseph sent and summoned Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five persons in all. And Jacob went down into Egypt, and he died, he and our fathers, and they [the fathers, not Jacob] were carried back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.

II. REJECTION OF GOD’S DELIVERANCE
A. GOD’S GUIDANCE

>>1. WELL-PLANNED
Acts 7:17-22 “But as the time of the promised [exodus] that God had given Abraham neared, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt until there arose over Egypt another king who did not know Joseph. He dealt craftily with our race and forced our fathers to expose their infants, so that they could not remain alive.
At this time Moses was born; and he was favored in God’s sight. And he was brought up for three months in his father’s house, and when he was exposed, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son. And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.”

>>2. WRONGED
Acts 7:23-29 “When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel. And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian. He supposed that his brothers would understand that God was giving them salvation by his hand, but they did not understand.
And on the following day he appeared to them as they were quarreling and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers. Why do you wrong each other?’ But the man who was wronging his neighbor thrust him aside, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’
At this retort Moses fled and became an exile in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons.”

B. GOD’S PROVISION
>>1. WORSHIP
Acts 7:30-34 “Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and as he drew near to look, there came the voice of the Lord: ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled and did not dare to look.
Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt.’”

>>2. WRITTEN
Acts 7:35-41 “THIS Moses, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’
THIS man God sent as both ruler and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush.
THIS man led them out, performing wonders and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years.
THIS is Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brothers.’
THIS is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us.
Our fathers refused to obey him but thrust him aside. In their hearts they turned to Egypt, saying to Aaron, ‘Make for us gods who will go before us. As for THIS Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we don’t know what’s become of him.’ And they made a calf in those days and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing in the works of their hands.”

III. REJECTION OF GOD’S WORSHIP
A. GOD’S DENUNCIATION

>>1. WEIGHED (also Amos 5:27; Rom 1:24-32)
Acts 7:42-43 But God turned away and gave them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: “‘Did you bring to Me slain beasts and sacrifices, during the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? You took up the tent of Moloch and the star of your god Rephan, the images that you made to worship; and I will send you into exile beyond Babylon.’
>>2. WISH
Acts 7:44-47 “Our fathers had the Tent of Witness in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses directed him to make it, according to the pattern that he had seen. Our fathers in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our fathers. This continue until the days of David, who found favor in the sight of God and asked to find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who built a house for Him.”

B. GOD’S CONDEMNATION
>>1. WEAKNESS
Acts 7:48-50 Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says, “‘Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. What kind of house will you build for Me, says the Lord, or what is the place of My rest? Did not My hand make all these things?’
>>2. WILFULL (also Ex 32:9; Jer 9:26; Deut 10:16; Lk 11:47-51)
Acts 7:51a “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit.”


Acts 6:8-15, Front Line

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Exposition of Acts: Front Line

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. A CHRISTIAN’S VIRTUE
A. RIGHTEOUS CHARACTER

Acts 6:5b Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; 6:8a And Stephen, full of grace and power, (Mk 9:24; Eph 5:18)
>>1. EVIDENCE TOWARD GOD
>>2. EVIDENCE TOWARD MAN

B. RIGHTEOUS DEEDS
Acts 6:8b was doing great wonders and signs among the people. (Col 3:8-10; Eph 4:1-3)
>>1. EMBODIMENT OF FAITH/GRACE/POWER
>>2. EXAMPLE TO THE WORLD

II. A CHRISTIAN’S VALOR
A. UNRIGHTEOUS DEBATE

Acts 6:9 Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the so-called Freedmen, and of the [synagogue] of Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and of the [synagogue] of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen.
>>1. ENEMY’S LAIR
>>2. EVIL OPPOSITION

B. RIGHTEOUS SPEECH
Acts 6:10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he was speaking. (II Cor 10:3-5)
>>1. ENDUED WITH WISDOM
>>2. EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT

III. A CHRISTIAN’S VISAGE
A. UNRIGHTEOUS ATTACKS

Acts 6:11 Then they secretly bribed men who said, “We’ve heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.”
>>1. ENGAGING PERJURY
>>2. EMBROILED

B. UNRIGHTEOUS ALLEGATIONS
Acts 6:12-14 And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and violently seized him and drug him before the council, and they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never stops speaking against this holy place and the Law, for we’ve heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to us.” (Acts 2:47, 5:26; Lk 19:35-40; 23:18-23)
>>1. ENCOUNTER
>>2. ENDEAVOR OF ALL

C. RIGHTEOUS DEMEANOR
Acts 6:15 And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel. (Ex 34:29)
>>1. EVIL EYE IN COURT
>>2. EPITOME OF PERFECT PEACE