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EXCUSE ME, “BUT WITH ALL DUE RESPECT”

05 Jun

         IT IS FROM GOD, YOU CANNOT OVERTHROW IT!

Intro.

1. The gospel continues to spread throughout Jerusalem & many are being saved (4:4).

2. Acts 5: But, the opponents of Christ & truth never sleep. Opposition to truth & godliness came from within & without — as it still does today! – cf. 2 Cor. 11:24-28 (2 Jno. 7; Jude 4).

3. Acts 5: How the gospel spread in spite of internal & external problems.

I. INTERNAL PROBLEM: SIN IN THE CHURCH – 5:1-16.

A. It Is A Problem Whenever Christians Sin – Rom. 6:1-2, 11-14.

1. Because sin is not supposed to reign over us any longer.

2. Different types of sins (ignorance, willful, out of weakness, occasional or ongoing).

3. All unrepented sin causes eternal death! – Acts 8:20-22; 1 Jno. 2:1-2

B. We Cannot Hide Our Sin From God – 5:1-9.

1. God sees & will punish sin. (5:2 – Pride, deception, love of money)

2. Rather than cover up sin, we must confess & repent! – Psa. 32:1-5

C. Christians Can Indeed Lose Their Souls Due To Sin – 2 Pet. 2:20.

1. Ananias & Sapphira were Christians who were liars.

2. But, all liars are eternally lost – Rev. 21:8.

3. Therefore, Christians who lie & do not repent will be lost!

D. The Church Benefits When God’s Discipline Is Applied – 5:11-14.

1. The sinner benefits because it is an effort to save him – 1 Cor. 5:5.

2. Reverence for God & truth is taught – 5:5, 11; cf. 1 Tim. 5:19-20.

3. The dangerous influence of sin is removed – 5:13; 1 Cor. 5:6-7.

4. Good soil for godly growth is maintained – Acts 5:14-16 (Lk. 8:15).

II. EXTERNAL PROBLEM: OPPOSITION & PERSECUTION – 5:17- 42.

A. Rest Assured, It Will Happen! Evil & Ungodly Men Will Be Jealous Of Truth & Those Who Follow It – 5:17-18, 33; cf. Jno. 3:19-21.

1. Apostles had been warned, but kept on preaching – 4:18, 21, 31, 33.

2. Envy & contentious rivalry is behind persecution – Matt. 27:18.

B. We Must Obey God Rather Than Men – 5:19-32.

1. When men impose laws which violate divine truth the Christian is not obligated to obey them – must first obey God!

2. Render unto Caesar, but not to the point of dishonoring God! – Matt. 22:21 (Neither does this mean the Christian cannot use legal, ethical & moral means to protect himself from harm – Acts 25:11.)

C. Remain Faithful And You Will Be Blessed.

1. Freed from prison & taken without violence – 5:19-20, 25-26.

2. They were beaten! How is this a blessing! -5:40; 2 Cor. 4:16-18

3. Kept on rejoicing & preaching! – 5:41-42 (Matt. 5:10-12)

III. DON’T FIGHT AGAINST GOD! – 5:33-42

A. The Purposes Of God Will Not Be Defeated By Man – Acts 4:24-28; Isa. 55:11.

1. Your objection to the gospel will not change the gospel.

2. It is futile to fight against God in your life! – 5:39 (cf. Acts 26:14).

B. The Gospel Of Christ Is “Of God” – Obey It Now! – 5:39

1. Just as Gamaliel said, the gospel continued, undefeated by the threats & fighting of man! – 5:41-42

2. Your persistent refusal to obey the gospel will not change what God expects of you!

3. Yield your stubborn will to God!

Conclusion

1. The choice is yours: Do you want to be on the “winning” or the “losing” side in the struggle of good versus evil?

2. You cannot overthrow God – Obey His gospel now!

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