Emerge in Risk
EMERGE IN RISK
Pastor Aaron Sutherland
1. RISK ACCEPTING GOD’S HELP
"Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 'Go, stand in the temple courts,' he said, “and tell the people all about this new life. At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people."
As a Christ-follower, I determine to continually proclaim the life of Jesus, while trusting Jesus to determine where I proclaim that life.
If we aren’t careful we will miss the miracle that is right in front of us because we’re so busy clamoring for the miracle that is yet to come.
We must not let the temporarily closed doors of a church building, blind us to the miraculously opened doors of a culture in distress.
2. RISK AMPLIFYING GOD’S VOICE
"Then someone came and said, 'Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.' At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people would stone them. The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 'We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,' he said. 'Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.' Peter and the other apostles replied: 'We must obey God rather than human beings!'"
When we acknowledge who Jesus is, we are forced to acknowledge what Jesus says.
Sometimes what protects God’s people from the wrath of their enemies, is the favor of their communities.
We elevate God’s voice in our community when we elevate genuine love towards our community.
3. RISK ACQUIRING GOD’S BLESSING
"They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah."
Matthew 10:19 NASB
“But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say."
Matthew 10:32 NASB
"Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven."
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