MESSAGE & MIGHT --- MISSION & MARTYRDOM
An introduction to the book of Acts.
"What are the Marks of a Disciple?"
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven." Matthew 7:21, (NRSV)
Five important distinguishing characteristics which mark a disciple
The Marks of a disciple, #1: The Message is "Christ Resurrected"
"With great power the .apostle gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all." -Acts 4:33 (NRSV)
'3 I passed on to you hat was most important and had also been passed on to me- that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said.' 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NLT)
"Why are you now questioning God's way by burdening the Gentile believers with a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors were able to bear? " We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the special favor of the Lord Jesus." Acts 15:10-11 (NLT)
'For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God- not the result of works, so that no one may boast" Ephesians 2:8-9, (NRSV)
"there is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them." Acts 4 12, (NLT)
The Marks of a disciple, #2: The Might comes from the Holy Spirit.
"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses." Acts 1:8
"they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness" Acts 4:31
"being sent 0ut by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from them they sailed to Cyprus" Acts 13: 4
The Mark off a disciple, #3: The Mission is Never Ending both Locally & Globally
"On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. "
By accepting Jesus' mission "to the ends of the earth" Acts 1:8
The Marks of. disciple, #4: The "Ministered-to's" Include All People
-There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus" -Galatians 3 28 (NIV)
"You yourselves know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or to visit a Gentile; but God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean" Acts 10:28 (NRSV)
The Marks of a disciple, #5: The Possibility of Martyrdom is Willing Embraced
"in the world you face persecution But take courage; I have conquered the world!"-John 16: 33
"A student will be like his teacher," (Luke 6:40)