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Matthias is Chosen

Acts 1:12-26, Andrew Love, February 3, 2019

Sermon Notes:


  • Matthias is Chosen
  • Example of a fall from grace
    • How does a church recover from this?
    • Only God's grace can restore in such a situation
  • Have we thought of what a trauma it was for Judas to betray Jesus with a kiss?
    • They must have been devastated
    • Yet they were to learn that God had a purpose in his fall
    • God would bring good from evil
    • The Church would go forward in the power of God
  • Looking at Acts 1
    • God is continuing His work - He is pouring out His Holy Spirit
    • Scripture must be fulfilled
  • Overview:
    • God's Sovereign Purposes
    • The Churches Wise Procedure
    • Principles that apply to us

God's Sovereign Purposes

  • The Cross was no mistake [God is sovereign over all things]
    • God had planned that one of the disciples would betray Jesus
    • Acts 2:22-23
    • This was according to the foreknowledge and plan of God
    • Acts 4:27-28
    • God is sovereign over all things
    • The death of Christ was all planned by the God in heaven
  • Judas has his part to play
    • Jesus after His resurrection explained about the Scriptures and that one would betray Him
    • Examples
    • Zech 11:12,13
    • David predicts Judas' evil works: Ps 41:9, 55:13
  • God is sovereign
    • When everything falls apart - remember that God is sovereign
  • Peter quotes from the Psalms
    • There appears to be two different accounts of how Judas died: Matthew vs Luke
      • There are many things in Scripture that we are not to know
    • Some say that Judas didn't personally buy the potters field
    • Yet God was sovereign in all these things
    • Peter knew this and quoted from the Psalms 69:25 & 109:8
  • We must be reminded that God is sovereign in all things
    • God had chosen another
    • Do not look book - look forward
    • The 11 apostles became 12 again
    • When bad things happen - it must not shatter our confidence in God

The Churches Wise Procedure

  • You may say that the Church didn't officially start until Pentecost
    • Jesus said where 2 or more are gathered He would be there
    • Jesus said He was building His Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it
    • The leadership of the Church (Elders) was being established
    • God was directing His people
  • The Church was united in prayer
    • They were in one accord in prayer and supplication (v14)
      • Thus the prayer meeting is very important
    • They were meeting regularly: 120, Mary, the women, His family, the apostles
    • It wasn't just a business meeting
    • They are making their decision in the spontaneity of prayer
      • Peter stirred by the Spirit takes the lead
      • They put forward two names and ask the Lord to decide
    • They were all united
      • Personal example
      • There is a need for spiritual direction
      • The Church is not a business
  • Peter's leadership
    • Peter who had previously denied the Lord Jesus had the full backing of the 120
      • There was no self recrimination
      • There was no recrimination from others
      • He had been publicly reinstated by the Lord Jesus in front of the other disciples
    • Peter guides them to the Scripture and makes a positive proposal
      • We must pray for this in leadership
      • He makes a qualification (v21-22)
    • The 120 propose two men
      • Each must have been equally qualified
      • Example
    • They drew lots
      • An indication that God was choosing
      • Jesus choose the disciples cf John 15:16
      • The wisest way
  • Application:
    • There must be prayer in church decisions
    • There ought to be clear church leadership - but not dictatorship
      • Example
      • God working amongst His people
      • Sometimes the Church choses (Chapter 6), sometimes the Elders bchose (Chapter 13)
    • A united prayerful church working in harmony

Principles that apply to us

  • Future-proofing
    • God wanted 12 apostles and not 11
      • God was getting them ready
      • God was building up the Church
    • Chapter 14 - they appoint Elders in every church
      • Paul exhorts Titus to appoint Elders in every city (Titus 1:5)
  • God's will always prevails
    • We must pray that God's will should be done
    • The church must always be united
  • The position of Judas
    • So near to Jesus
    • He enjoyed all the means of grace
    • A tremendous warning - attending the church of God but not belonging to God - not born again
    • Love for Christ, love for His word, love for His person
  • Christ will build His Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it
    • His purposes will always be fulfilled

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Acts 1:12-26

12Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. 13And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. 15And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. 20For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. 21Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. 23And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. (KJV)

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