"Being in Touch with the Power of Jesus" (Acts 3)

Sermon Date: 
Jun 25 2017
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"Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." Acts 3:6

There is an account told where a pastor of a 10,000 member church disguised himself as a homeless man. It was also that very morning when he would be introduced as their new pastor. Only three people said hello, no change was provided to purchase food, ushers escorted him to the back of the sanctuary, people continued to look down on him. As the introduction came forward, he also revealed his identity as their new pastor. After reciting Matthew 25:35-45, many began to cry and heads bowed in shame. The pastor's concluding remarks, "Today I see a gathering of people, not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples. When will you decide to become disciples?" With that, he dismissed the service.

In our Biblical account, the man born without the use of his legs sees something different in Peter and John. So he courageously looks at them and asks them to help meet a need - a few dollars perhaps to provide a meal. With compassion and love for this man, these Spirit-filled disciples of Christ, although were unable to support the man's current condition with money, shared the ONE who could change his condition! And with that, the power of the risen Christ brought a healing upon Him in which Peter would defend as proof Jesus is alive and reigning in heaven! Jesus is therefore truly the presence and power of God for our salvation and our deliverer from our various strongholds!

As the professor and theologian, William LaSor once declared, "It is not the Church's business in this world to simply make the present condition more bearable; the task of the Church is to release here on earth the redemptive work of God in Christ."

Perhaps when you see a stranger coming before you asking to meet a certain need might you be willing to pray or share the presence of Jesus? It just may be a life-changer!

To Christ be the Glory!
Pastor Trevor