This week’s audio file link for this sermon is here:
Peter heals a lame beggar in this section of the Bible. So many areas to cover here. Why is there suffering in the world? How can we help people in this condition more? Who does this condition affect someone within our society? Can we expect miracle like this today?
For all these questions to ponder, one main point can apply to all: Jesus and the apostles may no longer be with us, but the Holy Spirit is. I often forget the key role the Holy Spirit plays in my life and this lesson/sermon was a great experience.
The sermon outlines this experience with 1) A lame man is healed; 2) “the name”; 3) The name of Jesus unleashes the power of the Spirit; 4) the realm of Jesus’ authority and 5) “no other name”.
The Apostles act by God’s authority, which is unlimited, representing Him with His approval. I easily related this relationship to a workplace relationship here, but mainly reflected on what a comfort the Holy Spirit must have been to the apostles after their “leader/manager”, Jesus, ascended into heaven leaving them to do His work.
The sermon also discusses how we have God working through us and the diminishing role of church leaders/pastors at leadership events/meetings. Our society seems fascinated with ultimate rulers from history and today (royal family). Leading with initial admittance that we don’t have the answers creates a strong collaborative bond to me plus using God, the ultimate source, can only lead to great things for His will not ours.
The following Bible verses were also mentioned regarding the realm of Jesus’ authority: Matthew 28:18; Colossians 1:15 and Phillipians 2:9.
The “name” helped focus this lesson as well. This miracle and any other are a response to a direct command in the name of Jesus, an indisputable source…I reflected more on the using “In the name of Jesus” at the end of prayers as well.
Miracles are an amazing encounter on our journey with God. Just acknowledging He is Lord over everything challenges are resistance and disobedience. Identifying these aspects in our life are obviously challenging and controversial:
…taking a look at ourselves amid all these elements then we can focus on important and more introspective questions for ourselves. What have we done to further His kingdom? What have we done to boost/damage relationships with others? How have we shown God to others? The “big picture” questions help, but it all starts with a selfless, humble and objective focus on ourselves.
Music to consider: “Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2”; though the songs roots include civil right issues (http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/36803/) I thought about how we use/claim the name of something/someone for causes. Note: This music just comes from what I’m thinking of while listening to the sermon.