Sermon Notes:
Our God is a God who testifies to us about Himself. He draws us, engages us, and moves us to a place where we have to do something with Him. Jesus performed some amazing miracles to get the people He called “stubborn” through the Old Testament scriptures to change, grow, and truly be the promised blessing they were meant to be. C.S. Lewis is quoted as saying that “if the Gospel is true, then your conversion doesn’t even begin until your notions of goodness, religiosity, and morality are completely challenged and undone.” He essentially says, “If the gospel is true, the ones who think they’re spiritually okay are not. They’re in the most trouble. The ones who say, ‘I’m not spiritually okay,’ are the ones who understand it.”
There was a division that happened when Peter went back to Jerusalem to talk about God saving Gentiles; this division could have ripped the church apart. Peter explains that he, himself, was amazed at what God was doing. Because of Peter’s testimony, the early church started to see the reality of what salvation meant and how it comes to pass. When Peter was done with witnessing about what God had done in these people, the early church was also amazed. Acts 11:18 When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
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