Motivated by His Vision (Acts 11:25-12:5)
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 (Listen)
25 So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.
27 Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). 29 So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. 30 And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.
12:1 About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. 2 He killed James the brother of John with the sword, 3 and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. 4 And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. 5 So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.
Resolute Life—Living the Vision
Motivated by His Vision
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
“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
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?