Captured by His Grace (Acts 11:19-24)
Gearl Spicer, January 12, 2020
Part of the Resolute Life - Living the Vision series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
19Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. 20And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. 22Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. 23Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. 24For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. (KJV)
Resolute Life - Living the Vision
Captured by His Grace
January 12, 2020
How determined are you to make this year different?
Resolute—determined, unwavering and admirably purposeful-
*Secrets to Remember—Out of difficulty came direction-
Out of direction came impact-
Out of impact came grace!
Will you allow His grace to govern your heart?
“Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God,
He rejoiced and began to encourage them with resolute heart
To remain true to the Lord; for he was a good man, and full
Of the Holy Spirit and faith…” VS. 23-24
I. Position difficulty in the right place—v.19-20
A. Persecution moved them forward
B. Pain transitioned their strategy
II. Await His hand of affirmation—v.21-22
A. Growth expanded the focus
B. Anticipate sources of blessings
III. Anticipate His grace—v. 23-24
A. Two realities were evident
B. Challenge was profound
*Resolute—Determined focus on being true to the Lord!
IV. Evaluate your heart transparently-
A. Do you live in His goodness
B. Are you walking in the Spirit
C. Is your faith RESOLUTE?
Will you allow His grace to capture you?