Comfort from God

September 10, 2023 Speaker: pastor dave Series: The Acts of the Apostles

Topic: 1-AM Sermons, Acts, Exhortation, Comfort Passage: Acts 19:21– 20:16

As Paul continues in Ephesus, Luke records a riot that arises from idol makers. It turns the city into chaos and the mob moves into the Theater of Ephesus. God uses the city clerk to calm this crowd. Afterwards Paul comforts and encourages the believers in Ephesus with an emphasis on their continued growth and endurance in the faith. He does the same in Macedonia and Greece. In Troas, while preaching, a young man falls asleep on a window ledge and falls out of the window and dies. Paul raises him and again encourages the believers there in Troas. Throughout this section it clear that our God is more powerful than any opposition to the gospel, and we can comfort one another because of him.

Acts is a unique book in our New Testament, because it is the only book of history that we are given. As Luke writes, a second edition to his gospel, he continues with two vital themes – first, that Jesus offers salvation to men and second, that this work – the mission is accomplished – in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus had already instructed his disciples about the Holy Spirit and his ongoing ministry to them and all who would come to believe in Jesus. Despite the obvious focus on the ministry of the Holy Spirit in Acts, this book is about Jesus. Throughout Acts, Jesus is described as Lord (the most common title for Jesus in Acts), Jesus (67x), Christ (25x), Servant, Holy One, Just One, a Prophet like Moses, Savior, Son of God, Son of Man, Author of Life, Judge, Man and God. There is absolutely no question that Acts is the continuing account of all that Jesus began to do and to teach as presented in the gospel of Luke. The outline of Acts is very straightforward: Witnesses in Jerusalem (1-7), Witnesses in Judaea & Samaria (8-12), and Witnesses to the ends of the earth (13-28). Luke focuses throughout on this truth: You will receive power from the Holy Spirit and be my witnesses to the ends of the earth. May God strengthen us to be effective witnesses for Jesus.

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