- Matthew 16:13-19
The confession that Jesus is the Christ is the Rock on which the church is built. Nothing will stand against the movement of the church against evil.
- Acts 1:1-8
This book is an account of how God formed the early church to prevail against evil in the world.
- God provides the power of the church thru this spirit.
- At the beginning is spoken of in political terms. God’s kingdom is different, higher and greater than any thing in the world.
- God’s kingdom is worldwide.
- Jesus ascended to heaven.
- This indicates power and authority. He went to his throne to assume his power over his worldwide kingdom.
- God gave Jesus the power and we have access to this power through the Holy Spirit by Jesus sacrifice.
Jesus is both:
- Savior from sin
- The conflict with the world begins. God can and will use anyone to work in his Kingdom.
- These early Christians allowed Jesus to work through them.
- The authorities put the pressure on to stop the work of God, but they weren’t able to.
- Humans can be arrogant when it comes to God.
- God’s work will continue regardless of man.
- The political rulers get involved when ever there is some way to gain power. Herod put James to death, but God put him to death.
- God’s word cannot be stopped. God will always defeat his enemies.
Now the Church begins to move beyond Jerusalem.
- These men upset the world. God is on the move.
- Paul pushed all the way to Caesar in Rome.
- The Lord sent Paul to Rome.
- Paul is a prisoner and nature seems against them, but God made it possible for Paul to make it to Rome.
- The preaching was unhindered in Rome.
- The preaching continues today.
—Robert Lee, 8-14-05, a.m.