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Captured by His Grace (Acts 11:19-24)



Gearl Spicer Gearl Spicer, January 12, 2020
Part of the Resolute Life - Living the Vision series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Acts 11:19–24 (Listen)

19 Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. 20 But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. 22 The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, 24 for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.

(ESV)

Sermon Notes

Resolute Life - Living the Vision
Captured by His Grace
Acts 11:19-24
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
1. Joy
2. Encouragement
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?

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