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Aftermath: Stand Alone

Speaker: Jeff Geyer                                                                          

Date: April 28, 2019


Introduction:

We believe that Jesus is irresistible. 


Of course…not everyone feels this way. The New Atheists ideology have been dismantling the traditional view of the Bible on college campuses—even one very close to home—UMW. They are exploiting a misapplication of an important Reformation concept: Sola Scriptura.

  • If this ideology gets Christian students to question the Bible, they’ll question their faith. If the Bible can be questioned, it means that they’ll question their faith.
  • If we take our cues from them, we end up with a more: endurable and defensible version of faith


Scripture:

“So now we must choose a replacement for Judas from among the men who were with us the entire time we were traveling with the Lord Jesus— 22 from the time he was baptized by John until the day he was taken from us. Whoever is chosen will join us as a witness of Jesus’ resurrection.”

Acts 1:21-22 (NLT)


When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages!"


13 But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!”

14 Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. 15 These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. 


22 “People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know. 23 But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. 24 But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip. 


32 “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this." 


37 Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:6-8, 13-15, 22-24, 32, 37-38 (NLT)


This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release him. 14 You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact!

Acts 3:13-15 (NLT)


While Peter and John were speaking to the people, they were confronted by the priests, the captain of the Temple guard, and some of the Sadducees. They arrested them and, since it was already evening, put them in jail until morning.

Acts 4:1, 3 (NLT)


They brought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?”

Acts 4:7 (NLT)


Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? 10 Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead.

Acts 4:8-10 (NLT)


The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.

Acts 4:13 (NLT)


“We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.”

Acts 4:20 (NLT)


But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead after you killed him by hanging him on a cross. We are witnesses of these things.” When they heard this, the high council was furious and decided to kill them.

Acts 5:29-30, 32-33 (NLT)


They called in the apostles and had them flogged. The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus. 42 And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah.”

Acts 5:40-42 (NLT)

  • These are our people.
  • They embraced…Jesus the crucified and resurrected Messiah
  • Christianity stands on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus the Christ


Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.”

Isaiah 28:16-17 (NLT)


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