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Second Sunday After
Confession of St. Peter
Option #1: "These Men Had Been With
Rev. Wayne Dobratz, B.A., M.Div.
I. Lack of education was not a factor: John 15:15-17; Matt 10:19-20; Lk 22:59--"a Galilean," a term of reproach
II. The Spirit is the power source: the Spirit brought them to faith in Jesus and motivated them to testify about Jesus; note: "filled with the Spirit" means to be moved or motivated by the Spirit; see Lk 1:15, 41 & 67, Acts 2:4.
III. Faith in the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life: text, vv10-12; Mark 16:15-16; John 3:36, 14:6; 1 Tim 2:5; 1 John 5:11-12
Neither is there salvation--The word "salvation" properly denotes any "preservation," or keeping anything in a "safe" state; a preserving from harm. It signifies, also, deliverance from any evil of body or mind; from pain, sickness, danger, etc., Acts 7:25. But it is in the New Testament applied particularly to the work which the Messiah came to do, "to seek and to save that which was lost," Luke 19:10. This work refers primarily to a deliverance of the soul from sin, Matt. 1:21; Acts 5:31; Luke 4:18; Rom. 8:21; Gal. 5:1. It then denotes, as a consequence of freedom from sin, freedom from all the ills to which sin exposes man, and the attainment of that perfect peace and joy which will be bestowed on the children of God in the heavens.
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Acts 4:13: When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
I want to tell you a story about 11 men that we read about in the Bible. (Matt 10:2) These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; (Matt 10:3) Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; (Matt 10:4) Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
All of them except one were from Galilee, a place not very well known for producing great men. Most of them were fishermen, not men that you would be expect to be good at anything except catching fish. And yet Jesus chose them to be his disciples. The only one that was from a more famous place was Judas, the one who betrayed him.
Youd expect Jesus to get the best men from the best schools, but he didnt. They walked and talked with him for 3 years and were witnesses of him when he rose from the dead.
After they had seen him alive again, they couldnt keep the Good News about Him to themselves. Jesus did miracles through them, like the healing of the man who couldnt walk that you just heard about in the reading. Now notice what the Bible says after that: When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
Im all for you getting as much education as you can. Youll need it for the world youll be living in. But dont ever think that you have to go to school as long as a pastor does to be able to tell the Good News about Jesus. Most of these men were fishermen! The Holy Spirit helped them to share the good news about Jesus. He will do the same for you when you want to help a friend find Jesus. Dont call the pastor to do the talking for you; this person is your friend. The pastor will help you, but he cant do it for you.
May it be said of you for your whole life: "This boy, this girl, this man, this woman--they have been with Jesus!"
Option #2: "Crucified For
Rev. Kelly Bedard., B.A., M.Div.
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