Motivated by His Vision (Acts 11:25-12:5)

Gearl Spicer Gearl Spicer, January 19, 2020
Part of the Resolute Life - Living the Vision series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Acts 11:25-12:5

25Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: 26And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. 27And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. 28And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. 29Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: 30Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. 12:1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. 2And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 4And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. 5Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. (KJV)

Sermon Notes

Resolute Life—Living the Vision
Motivated by His Vision
Acts 11:25-12:5
January 19, 2020

*What are your greatest motivators?

*Resolute—determined, unwavering and admirably purposeful

“…and for an entire year they met with the church and taught
Considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians
In Antioch.” vs. 11:26

“And this they did, sending it in charge of Barnabas and Saul to the
Elders.” v.11:30

“So Peter was kept in prison, but prayer for him was being made
Fervently by the church to God.” Vs. 12:5

Our vision is clear…. Authentic Followers of Jesus, committed to changing
The world!

Three motivators for life—

I. Personal Motivator—v.25-26
A. Discernment directed Barnabas to Saul
B. Time was dedicated to learning
C. Truth was validated in a name-Christian

II. Prophetic Motivator—v.27-30
A. He always provides a voice of insight
B. Out of immense problems can dramatic insights

III. Painful Motivator—12:1-5
A. Adversaries validate opportunities
B. Prayer neutralizes all intent

Three questions to consider:
1. Who do you have that speaks truth into your heart?
2. What have you learned from problems?
3. How fervent is your prayer life?

Will you live the vision? Are you motivated to succeed?

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