They Had Been With Jesus

TEXT:† Acts 4:13-18

INTRODUCTION:

A.††††† PETER AND JOHN ON TRIAL.† Briefly recap the circumstance.

B.††††† OBVIOUS CONTRAST:† SOCIAL ELITE AND TWO REGULAR FOLKS.

C.††††† TRUTH:† P&J HAD SUPERIOR KNOWLEDGE Ė THEY HAD THE HOLY SPIRIT

††††††††† AND THEY HAD BEEN WITH JESUS.

D.††††† NOT LIKE THE INTELLECTUAL ELITE (Eph. 4:17-18;† 1 Cor. 1:26-29).

I.††††† WE ARE TO LIVE WITH JESUS.

A.††††† LIVING WITH JESUS MEANS BEING UNITED WITH HIM.

††††††††† 1.† We are united with Jesus in his death (Rom. 6:3-4).

††††††††† 2.† That we might be joined with him in life (Rom. 6:5;† Col. 3:1).

B.††††† LIVING WITH JESUS INVOLVES SOME THINGS:

††††††††† 1.† Study and Meditation.

†††††††††††††††††† a.† The blessing of the words of Jesus (John 12:49;† John 6:63, 68).

†††††††††††††††††† b.† Meditation does us good (Psa. 1:1-2;† Phil. 4:8;† Rom. 7:22).

†††††††††††††††††† c.† The gospel reveals both the deeds and mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16).

††††††††† 2.† Worship.

†††††††††††††††††† a.† We are to worship God (Matt. 4:10;† John 5:22-23;† Luke 24:52).

†††††††††††††††††† b.† Expressing our love for Jesus in Prayer and Song constitutes fellowship with him.

†††††††††††††††††† c.† The Lordís Supper is communion with him (1 Cor. 10:16).

††††††††† 3.† We live with him by imitating him (John 8:12;† 1 Cor. 11:1).

C.††††† TOO MANY DONíT HAVE TIME FOR JESUS.

††††††††† 1.† Love and care of the world (1 John 2:15;† Matt. 13:22).

††††††††† 2.† Where is your heart? (Luke 12:16-21;† Matt. 6:19-21).

††††††††† 3.† TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY.

II.†††† CHARACTER IS SHAPED BY LIVING WITH JESUS.

A.††††† AGAIN, IMITATE HIM AND FOLLOW HIS TEACHING(John 8:12;† 1 Pet. 2:21).

B.††††† WE ARE EFFECTED BY OUR ASSOCIATIONS (1 Cor. 15:33;† Psa. 1:1).

C.††††† THE CONVERSE IS TRUE (Acts 2:42-47;† Matt. 26:73-74).

D.††††† JESUS IS THE BEST FRIEND WE CAN HAVE.

††††††††† 1.† Courage and Conviction (Eph. 6:10, 19;† 1 Pet. 4:16;† ie. Matt. 15:6-12).

††††††††† 2.† Purity of heart.

†††††††††††††††††† a.† Necessary for us (Matt. 5:8;† 1 Tim. 5:22;† Heb. 12:14).

†††††††††††††††††† b.† Jesus was pure (1 Pet. 2:21-22).

††††††††† 3.† Forgiveness (Luke 23:34;† Matt. 6:12-15;† Eph. 4:32).

††††††††† 4.† Unselfishness and sacrifice.

†††††††††††††††††† a.† Indispensable (Rom. 12:1;† 2 Cor. 8:2;† 12:15;† Matt. 16:25).

†††††††††††††††††† b.† 2 Cor. 8:9;† Phil. 2:5-8.

E.††††† 2 Pet. 3:18.† WE KNOW BETTER BY ASSOCIATING (participating).

III.††† THE WORLD WILL SEE!

A.††††† THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR ASSOCIATIONS (1 Cor. 15:33;† Psa. 1:1).

††††††††† 1.† True for young and old.

††††††††† 2.† What do we put in our lives and minds (Phil. 4:8;† Rom. 12:9-11;† Phil. 2:19-20).

B.††††† THE WORLD WILL TAKE KNOWLEDGE.

††††††††† 1.† Peterís speech (Matt. 26:73-74;† Col. 4:6).

††††††††† 2.† Our works (1 Pet. 2:11-12).

C.††††† THERE IS TO BE A DIFFERENCE (Matt. 5:13-16;† Rom. 12:2).

CONCLUSION:

A.††††† WE ARE TO LIVE WITH CHRIST.

B.††††† CHRIST IS TO LIVE IN US (Gal. 2:20).

C.††††† WE ARE TO DO ALL THINGS FOR THE GOSPELíS SAKE (1 Cor.. 9:23).

D.††††† DO PEOPLE SEE JESUS LIVING IN US.