October 13, 2019

Preaching in Antioch Pisidia

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Passage: Psalm 126:1-6, Acts 13:13-41
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Bible Text: Psalm 126:1-6, Acts 13:13-41 | Preacher: Andrew Love | Series: Acts | Introduction

Last week

Paul and Barnabas on the island of Cyprus
Set out for their first mission – set apart by the laying on of hands
Opposed by Satan
God worked wonders through Paul
The governor was converted

v13 – they set sail from Paphos

They move North
They come to Perga in Pamphylia
John Mark departs from them
They go to Antioch in Pisidia

3,600ft above sea level

Considering the sermon Paul preaches

The leader of the synagogue gives opportunity for them to speak
God has gone before them
They are trusting God to open doors
We must be people of faith and trust in God to open doors

Focusing on v26

Reading Acts 13:26
He preaches the death and resurrection of Christ

Overview:

Recounting biblical history
All leading to a message of Salvation
Invitation and warning

Recounting biblical history

Paul does not use any illustrations or contemporary ‘hooks’ – he explains the history as would be known to the religious people gathered

God has led him in this way
He is establishing common ground with his hearers

The Exodus
The wilderness years
The conquering of the land
The Judges
The Kings
To Jesus Christ and John the Baptist

He is exalting God

Biblical history is all about what God has done

What relevance does this passage/sermon have to us?

Do not treat it lightly – pray for understanding
What does it say about God?

He has an electing love and He has chosen a people for Himself – v17
He is long-suffering and patient – v18
He is powerful and invincible – v19
He is a God of order – v19
He is kind and provides – v20
He respects the choice of His people – v21

but over-rules for their good – v22

Paul has shown that Biblical History is all about God’s action for a purpose

The Saviour would come from David’s seed
The prophecies of 2 Samuel
John the Baptist

Paul is letting the word of God speak for itself

It is not about our persuasiveness
It is not about our power but the power of the word of God

All leading to a message of Salvation

A Saviour – v23 / the word of salvation – v26
Paul speaks first of the cross – v28

He reminds the Jews how they rejected and condemned Jesus
It is a fulfillment of Scripture

Paul speaks of the resurrection – v29

A great emphasis on this than the cross
God raised Him from the dead – v30

He did not see corruption – v37
He was seen by many witnesses – v31
Good news – v32
Quotes from the Old Testament – v33-35 (Ps 2:7, Isa 55:3, Ps 16:10)

Gospel preaching

Paul twice gives his testimony, but gospel preaching …
… is speaking about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
An incontrovertible truth

Invitation and warning

Not an abstract message – but it is for them

v32, 33, v38
If you do not know the Lord – this message is for you

Do you believe in Jesus Christ – His death and resurrection?

The Doctrine of Justification – v38-9
A wonderful message

A warning

v40-41
A frightening thing to hear
Do not despise the Son of God
Consider your own heart

Closing Remarks

Introduction

  • Last week
    • Paul and Barnabas on the island of Cyprus
    • Set out for their first mission - set apart by the laying on of hands
    • Opposed by Satan
    • God worked wonders through Paul
    • The governor was converted
  • v13 - they set sail from Paphos
    • They move North
    • They come to Perga in Pamphylia
    • John Mark departs from them
    • They go to Antioch in Pisidia
      • 3,600ft above sea level
  • Considering the sermon Paul preaches
    • The leader of the synagogue gives opportunity for them to speak
    • God has gone before them
    • They are trusting God to open doors
    • We must be people of faith and trust in God to open doors
  • Focusing on v26
    • Reading Acts 13:26
    • He preaches the death and resurrection of Christ
  • Overview:
    • Recounting biblical history
    • All leading to a message of Salvation
    • Invitation and warning

Recounting biblical history

  • Paul does not use any illustrations or contemporary 'hooks' - he explains the history as would be known to the religious people gathered
    • God has led him in this way
    • He is establishing common ground with his hearers
      • The Exodus
      • The wilderness years
      • The conquering of the land
      • The Judges
      • The Kings
      • To Jesus Christ and John the Baptist
    • He is exalting God
      • Biblical history is all about what God has done
  • What relevance does this passage/sermon have to us?
    • Do not treat it lightly - pray for understanding
    • What does it say about God?
      • He has an electing love and He has chosen a people for Himself - v17
      • He is long-suffering and patient - v18
      • He is powerful and invincible - v19
      • He is a God of order - v19
      • He is kind and provides - v20
      • He respects the choice of His people - v21
        • but over-rules for their good - v22
  • Paul has shown that Biblical History is all about God's action for a purpose
    • The Saviour would come from David's seed
    • The prophecies of 2 Samuel
    • John the Baptist
  • Paul is letting the word of God speak for itself
    • It is not about our persuasiveness
    • It is not about our power but the power of the word of God

All leading to a message of Salvation

  • A Saviour - v23 / the word of salvation - v26
  • Paul speaks first of the cross - v28
    • He reminds the Jews how they rejected and condemned Jesus
    • It is a fulfillment of Scripture
  • Paul speaks of the resurrection - v29
    • A great emphasis on this than the cross
    • God raised Him from the dead - v30
      • He did not see corruption - v37
      • He was seen by many witnesses - v31
      • Good news - v32
      • Quotes from the Old Testament - v33-35 (Ps 2:7, Isa 55:3, Ps 16:10)
  • Gospel preaching
    • Paul twice gives his testimony, but gospel preaching ...
    • ... is speaking about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
    • An incontrovertible truth

Invitation and warning

  • Not an abstract message - but it is for them
    • v32, 33, v38
    • If you do not know the Lord - this message is for you
      • Do you believe in Jesus Christ - His death and resurrection?
    • The Doctrine of Justification – v38-9
    • A wonderful message
  • A warning
    • v40-41
    • A frightening thing to hear
    • Do not despise the Son of God
    • Consider your own heart

Closing Remarks