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Acts 9:36-43
Bold
May 15, 2016
First Baptist Church
Jackson, Mississippi
USA
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What’s the number one thing?
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The Glory of God!
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1 Corinthians 10...
May Memory Verse
John 13:34-35 ESV
34
“A new commandment I give to you;
that you love one another: just as I
have loved yo...
Do Something
Median Adults Service Day
Where: Mission First
When: Saturday, May 21, 2016 —
8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Why: To be...
Sunday, May 22
nd
KidsRock Musical “iAM”
5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
We will then go to President Street and
the Capitol la...
Be one of the great people who grills
great food. Sign up to participate in
this part of the block party. Great
evening to...
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Sunday
Acts 10:9-15, 43-48
Accepting
May 22, 2016
First Baptist Church
Jackson, Mississippi
USA
Luke 10:41-42a ESV
41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha,
Martha, you are anxious and troubled
(distracted in v.40) about ...
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The main thing is the glory of God!
Today
Acts 9:36-43
Bold
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Acts 9:36-43 ESV
Dorcas Restored to Life
36 Now there was in Joppa a discipl...
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37 In those days she be...
38 Since Lydda (LIH dah) was near Joppa
the disciples, hearing that Peter was there,
sent two men to him, urging him, “Ple...
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39 So Peter rose and went with them. And when
he a...
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40 But Peter put the...
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and turning to ...
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41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up.
Then ...
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42 And it became known throughout all Joppa,
and many believed in the...
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43 And he stayed in Joppa for ma...
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Joppa (Jaffa,TelAviv)
Joppa -The Harbor
Joppa (Jaffa) is one of the oldest (possibly
4,000 years old) functioning harbors in the
world.
This was...
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F...
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While in Joppa, the apostle Peter stayed at the
house of Simon theTanner.
When Peter was praying on the roof of
Simon theTanner, he had a vision of a
large sheet filled with animals being
lowered ...
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The Chu...
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Today Joppa ...
The modern city ofTel Aviv was founded
on the outskirts of Jaffa in 1909 and today
it encompasses the ancient city.
Tel Av...
Ezekiel 3:15 ESV
15 And I came to the exiles at Tel-abib, who
were dwelling by the Chebar canal, and I
sat where they were...
The nameTel-aviv was found fitting as it
embraced the idea of a renaissance in the
ancient Jewish homeland.
“Tel” is a man...
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Avi...
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Israel's main international airport, Ben Gurion
Int...
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The scene in the book of Acts now shifts from
Paul...
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The continued expansion of the church outside
Jerusal...
Acts 8:1 ESV
1 And there arose on that day a great
persecution against the church in
Jerusalem, and they were all scattere...
Acts 9:4-5 ESV
4 And falling to the ground he heard a
voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are
you persecuting Me?” 5 And...
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Jesus identified with His follower...
Acts 9:13 ESV
13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have
heard from many about this man (Saul),
how much evil he has done to y...
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Persecution comes whenever and
wherever people are coming to Christ.
Eighty percent of the believers in our
world are expe...
When 80% of a group is experiencing
something then you can consider it
“normal” and the Bible sees persecution as
normal, ...
Persecution increases as people respond
more and more to the activity of God.
The clearest predictor of persecution is
RES...
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Persecution (a very bad thing) can be used by
...
Matthew 5:10 ESV
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted
for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the
kingdom of Heaven.
God took the worst thing that ever
happened on this Earth, the persecution
and death of His Son, and used it to bring
abou...
Since God took the worst thing that can
ever happen and made it into the best
thing for our sakes, He can certainly take
a...
Jesus’ response to persecution was, love
and to pray for those who persecuted him
“Father forgive them.” (Matthew 5:44
and...
Matthew 5:44 ESV
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
Luke 23:34 ESV
34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them,
for they know not what they do.”
Our final response to persecution is, “God,
glorifyYour Name!”
Every believer has the responsibility to glorify
God regard...
Obedience will result in persecution.
Satan desires to deny entire people
groups (Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch)
access ...
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Therefore, the...
The two great spiritual opportunities are:
1) Access to Jesus and
2) Opportunity to witness for Jesus.
Therefore, choosing Jesus as your Savior
and Lord and then sharing His love with
others are the clearest ways to stand
aga...
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When you choose to no...
Persecutors often use violence to
reach their goal and when you do not
share the Gospel (deny people access
to Jesus), you...
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When you witne...
Hebrews 13:3 ESV
3 Remember those who are in prison, as
though in prison with them, and those
who are mistreated, since yo...
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When you are silent, you are identifying with
those who placed t...
Persecution decreases when people stop
coming to Jesus.
Persecution increases when people are
being saved.
God allows pers...
God was content to leave Joseph in prison
in Egypt for a long time.
God gave purpose to this long time of
suffering in Jos...
If someone would have rescued Joseph
prematurely, they would have been
contributing to the starvation of the
Israelites (G...
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God can use persecution (one to suffer fo...
In God’s perfect timing, Joseph
interpreted Pharaoh’s dream that led to
the preparation for the coming
devastating drought...
Here in the USA, we are free to worship
but we are also free to witness.
Believers in Iran are free to share Jesus, it
jus...
Being a witness for Jesus has little to do
with political freedom.
Our willingness to witness has everything
to do with ob...
Spiritual brokenness cannot be fixed
through political (human governmental)
means.
Jesus teaches that persecution is norma...
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To stop persecution ...
Matthew 16:21-23 ESV
21 From that time Jesus began to show His
disciples that He must go to Jerusalem
and suffer many thin...
22And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him,
saying, “Far be it fromYou, Lord! This shall never
happen toYou.” 23 B...
Persecution is the result of obedient
witness.
The only way to stop persecution is to
stop conversions.
Working to stop something that Jesus
told us to expect puts us in a strange
place.
God has great purposes tied to the
suff...
Don’t run from the suffering, don’t give
in to the desire to – above all else, be
comfortable.
The flesh will naturally wo...
Spiritual awakenings on Earth today
are in countries where persecution
abounds.
The best way we can help persecuted
Christ...
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Believers ...
The question is not, “How can we
keep persecution from happening to
us”?
The question is, “Why are we not
being persecuted...
Acts 9:32-35 ESV
32 Now as Peter went here and there
among them all, he came down also to the
saints who lived at Lydda. 3...
34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus
Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.”
And immediately he rose. 35 And all th...
The statement “as Peter went here and
there” shows the ceaseless itinerant
character of Peter's ministry at that
time.
On ...
Peter was not set in some hierarchical
office but was moving, which made it
easy for God to direct him.
You can’t steer a ...
Those actively involved in ministry are
usually the ones to whom God grants
the most ministry opportunities.
God has alway...
Just being wholeheartedly active in
ministry (which could even be an active
prayer ministry if you are not mobile)
places ...
Acts 9:33 ESV
33There he found a (certain) man
named Aeneas (uh-NEE-uhs),
bedridden for eight years, who was
paralyzed.
The use of the term “a certain man” to
describe him, when contrasted with the
description of Dorcas as "a certain
disciple...
There are no examples in the New
Testament of believers being healed
(though Lazarus, Dorcas, and
Eutychus were raised fro...
Luke does not say whether Aeneas
was paralyzed due to a stroke, an
illness such as polio, or an injury.
In any case, his p...
He had already been bedridden eight
years, and faced that prospect for the
rest of his life.
Peter's availability because ...
The miracle, besides its obvious impact
in the life of Aeneas, was to be used by
God to bring large numbers of people
in t...
Acts 9:34 ESV
34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus
Christ heals you; rise and make your
bed.” And immediately he rose.
1 Peter 4:11 says,
"Whoever speaks, let him speak, as it were,
the utterances of God; whoever serves, let
him do so as by ...
Aeneas immediately arose, with no
paralysis.
As noted in the discussion of Acts 3:8,
the healings performed by Jesus Chris...
The NewTestament knows nothing of
"progressive healings," where someone
has been "healed," and is now gradually
getting be...
Peter's availability led to an even
more astounding opportunity; Aeneas
was healed, but Dorcas was raised
from the dead.
W...
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One of the most beloved members was a certain
disciple namedTabitha (more co...
The epitaph on this lovely lady was that
this woman was abounding with deeds
of kindness and charity, which she
continuall...
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Specifically, as verse 39 shows, ...
In contrast to Aeneas, she is specifically
called a disciple.
Mathetria (disciple), the feminine form
of mathetes ("discip...
Dorcas was certainly an appropriate
model for what a Christian woman
should be.
She fulfilled her calling as a disciple.
Naturally when at that time she fell sick
and died, it was a serious blow to the
believers in Joppa.
They washed her body ...
However, instead of burying her
immediately, as was also customary
(Acts 5:6,10), they laid her body in an
upper room.
Evi...
What that was becomes immediately apparent.
Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples heard
that Peter was there.
No doubt t...
They sent two men to Peter, entreating him
urgently, "Do not delay to come to us."
Despite his consuming duties among the
...
He was never too busy (compassionate
Christians seldom are too busy) with the
crowds to be available to help in time of
ne...
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Peter saw firsthand how deeply loved Dorcas
was ...
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All the widows of the chu...
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The church's responsibility to care for widows,
though often neg...
Employment opportunities for women were
severely limited, and widows without family
to care for them were often left desti...
Many believe that to deny women
leadership roles in the church is to deny
them the opportunity to minister.
Nothing could ...
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Dorcas neither preached nor led the newly
born...
Acts 9:40-41 ESV
40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt
down and prayed; and turning to the body
he said, “Tabitha, ...
As he had seen the Lord do when He
raised Jairus' daughter (Mark 5:40),
Peter sent them all out of the room
where Dorcas's...
Mark 5:37-42 ESV
37 Jesus did not let anyone follow Him except
Peter, James and John the brother of James.
38When they cam...
40 But they laughed at Him.After He put
them all out, He took the child’s father and
mother and the disciples who were wit...
42 Immediately the girl stood up and began
to walk around (she was twelve years old).
At this they were completely astonis...
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Peter would not put on a display before
the crowd that would draw all attention
to him, and he also wanted a quiet
place t...
Some might think that Peter, who had
been involved in countless healings (Acts
5:12-16), should have simply commanded
Dorc...
Accordingly, he knelt down and prayed.
Essential to all successful ministry,
prayer acknowledges dependence on
God.
Prayer realizes that God is "able to do
exceeding abundantly beyond all that
we ask or think, according to His power
that ...
Peter had learned the importance of
prayer from His Lord, having seen and
heard Him many times in communion
with His Fathe...
Many years ago five young college
students made their way to London to
hear Charles Haddon Spurgeon preach.
Arriving early...
While they waited on the steps, a man
approached them and asked, "Would
you like to see the heating apparatus of
this chur...
He led them into the building, down a long
flight of stairs, and into a hallway.
At the end of the hallway he opened a
doo...
"That," said their guide (who was none
other than Spurgeon himself), "is the
heating apparatus of this church."
Having finished praying, Peter turned
to Dorcas's body and said, "Tabitha,
arise." And she opened her eyes, and
when she s...
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For those who loved her the joy must
have been inexpressible.
That God did not raise her solely for
their benefit, however...
Acts 9:42 ESV
42 And it became known throughout all
Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
God's greater purpose for raising
Dorcas now became clear as word of
her return to life became known all
over Joppa.
God used miracles as confirming signs
that the Gospel is true.
He also used them to authenticate the
apostles as His messe...
God used the raising of Dorcas as the spark for
the salvation throughout the city.
As with the healing of Aeneas, Peter's ...
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Again Peter's God-empowered ministry, both in
Lydda and Joppa, caused many souls to be...
Acts 9:43 ESV
43 And he stayed in Joppa for many days
with one Simon, a tanner.
This footnote serves as a bridge between
this passage and the following account of
Cornelius' conversion.
Peter decided to...
These were challenging days for Peter, as
the walls of his lifelong prejudices tumbled
down.
First came the conversion and...
Yet Peter had been forced to welcome them as
brothers in Christ.
Soon will come an even greater shock, as
Gentiles enter t...
Tanners were despised in first-century
Jewish society, since they dealt with the
skins of dead animals.
Tanning was thus c...
Prejudice is devastating to any ministry.
In far too many Christian circles, those who
do not fit the mold are rejected.
A...
There is no place in an effective
personal ministry for prejudice.
Peter knew the principles for an
effective personal min...
Because of that, the Lord blessed his
ministry to individuals as much as his
ministry before the huge crowds.
In fact, one...
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It would be through his ministry to another
individual,Co...
The Plan of Hope & Salvation
John 3:16 ESV
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believe...
Romans 3:23 ESV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23a ESV
23a For the wages of sin is de...
Revelation 21:8 ESV
8 “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as
for murderers, the sexually immoral, sor...
Romans 5:8 ESV
8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still
sinners, Christ died for us.
Revelation 21:7 ES...
Romans 10:9-10 ESV
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is
Lord and believe in your heart that God raised ...
If you have questions or would like to know more, Please,
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  1. 1. Acts 9:36-43 Bold May 15, 2016 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA
  2. 2. http://berylloeb.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/one-finger.jpg What’s the number one thing?
  3. 3. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HdKEr1hZ7iI/TWY2eWJdLoI/AAAAAAAAAgw/V0dVLTrGG1g/s1600/Glory.jpg The Glory of God!
  4. 4. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_esGjlMXynAw/S_Bsozl_VCI/AAAAAAAAChA/reYniAWQgKA/s1600/Glory+of+God,+For+the.jpg 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV 31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  5. 5. May Memory Verse John 13:34-35 ESV 34 “A new commandment I give to you; that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
  6. 6. Do Something Median Adults Service Day Where: Mission First When: Saturday, May 21, 2016 — 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Why: To be difference makers and serve our neighbors.
  7. 7. Sunday, May 22 nd KidsRock Musical “iAM” 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary We will then go to President Street and the Capitol lawn for a “Block Party”. Festive activities, Food Trucks and a Bar-B-Que Cook-Off.
  8. 8. Be one of the great people who grills great food. Sign up to participate in this part of the block party. Great evening to kick-off #BEST SUMMER Ever 16 with these activities taking place for fellowship and connecting guests!
  9. 9. http://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.YeZK4m9R0ZovA7PRca4vag&pid=15.1 Sunday
  10. 10. Acts 10:9-15, 43-48 Accepting May 22, 2016 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA
  11. 11. Luke 10:41-42a ESV 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled (distracted in v.40) about many things, 42a but one thing is necessary.
  12. 12. http://michaelshoup.com/wp-content/uploads/mainthing.jpg
  13. 13. http://tworiversblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/man-at-cross.jpg The main thing is the glory of God!
  14. 14. Today Acts 9:36-43 Bold
  15. 15. http://womenofspirit.com/resources/Dorcas.jpg Acts 9:36-43 ESV Dorcas Restored to Life 36 Now there was in Joppa a disciple namedTabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity.
  16. 16. http://www.lds.org/bc/content/shared/content/images/gospel-library/magazine/liahonlp.nfo:o:877.jpg 37 In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room.
  17. 17. 38 Since Lydda (LIH dah) was near Joppa the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.”
  18. 18. https://i1.wp.com/biblelessonsite.org/flash/images112/slides/p_0005.jpg 39 So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them.
  19. 19. https://www.lds.org/bc/content/shared/content/images/gospel-library/manual/36618/36618_all_060_03.jpg 40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed;
  20. 20. http://marysrosaries.com/collaboration/images/8/80/Acts_9_36-42_Peter_Raises_Tabitha_From_the_Dead_002.jpg and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, rise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.
  21. 21. http://bibleencyclopedia.com/picturesjpeg/Peter_and_Dorcas_C-1028.jpg 41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.
  22. 22. http://images.oca.org/news/2015-0116-joppa-lydda.jpg 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
  23. 23. http://www.lifeintheholyland.com/images/132_The_traditional_house_of_Simon_the_Tanner.jpg 43 And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner. Acts 9:36-43 ESV
  24. 24. https://bleon1.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/joppa.jpg Joppa (Jaffa,TelAviv)
  25. 25. Joppa -The Harbor Joppa (Jaffa) is one of the oldest (possibly 4,000 years old) functioning harbors in the world. This was the port to which Jonah came when fleeing from the Lord toTarshish (Jonah 1:3).
  26. 26. http://bibleplaces.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Joppa-harbor-and-Andromedas-Rock-from-east-tb101806033-bibleplaces.jpg For the construction of Solomon’sTemple, cedars were floated from Phoenicia to Joppa and then transported to Jerusalem (2 Chr 2:16).
  27. 27. http://yogaworld.org/master/images/Peter.jpg While in Joppa, the apostle Peter stayed at the house of Simon theTanner.
  28. 28. When Peter was praying on the roof of Simon theTanner, he had a vision of a large sheet filled with animals being lowered from Heaven (Acts 9:43-10:23), signaling to him to go with the messengers from the Gentile, Cornelius.
  29. 29. http://bibleplaces.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Joppa-St-Peters-Church-and-shoreline-mm100412001-bibleplaces.jpg The Church of St. Peter in Joppa marks the traditional site of Peter’s vision of the great sheet.
  30. 30. http://www.bibleplaces.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Joppa-aerial-from-southwest-tb121704872-bibleplaces.jpg Today Joppa has a Jewish majority (mostly from other Mid-Eastern and North African countries) with a sizeableArab Christian and Muslim population.
  31. 31. The modern city ofTel Aviv was founded on the outskirts of Jaffa in 1909 and today it encompasses the ancient city. Tel Aviv means “the Hill of Spring” and it is the same name as the city of a settlement in Babylon during the Exile (Ezekiel 3:15).
  32. 32. Ezekiel 3:15 ESV 15 And I came to the exiles at Tel-abib, who were dwelling by the Chebar canal, and I sat where they were dwelling. And I sat there overwhelmed among them seven days.
  33. 33. The nameTel-aviv was found fitting as it embraced the idea of a renaissance in the ancient Jewish homeland. “Tel” is a man-made mound (hill) accumulating layers of civilization built one over the other and symbolizing the ancient.
  34. 34. http://bibleplaces.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Jaffa-and-Tel-Aviv-aerial-from-southwest-tb121704866-bibleplaces.jpg Aviv is Hebrew for "spring", symbolizing renewal. Today theTel Aviv area is the largest metropolitan area in Israel.
  35. 35. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cd/View_of_Tel_Aviv_from_the_Azrieli_Center_%28Panorama%29.jpg/1100px-View_of_Tel_Aviv_from_the_Azrieli_Center_%28Panorama%29.jpg Due to the international dispute over the status of Jerusalem, all national embassies are inTel Aviv or environs.
  36. 36. http://jpupdates.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/ben-gurion-airport.jpg Israel's main international airport, Ben Gurion International Airport is 9 miles southeast ofTel Aviv at Lydda on Highway 1 betweenTel Aviv and Jerusalem.
  37. 37. http://www.wikigallery.org/paintings/289001-289500/289166/painting1.jpg The scene in the book of Acts now shifts from Paul back to Peter, who will again be the central figure in the narrative for the next three chapters.
  38. 38. http://bensternke.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/peter-preaching.jpg The continued expansion of the church outside Jerusalem (assisted by the persecution in Acts 8:1-2) required movement on Peter's part.
  39. 39. Acts 8:1 ESV 1 And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
  40. 40. Acts 9:4-5 ESV 4 And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus, Whom you are persecuting.
  41. 41. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_cvviGqiFuw8/THbfe-SNJAI/AAAAAAAAAQc/UP9AKQWjS90/s400/saul.jpg Jesus identified with His followers. “Why are you persecuting Me?”
  42. 42. Acts 9:13 ESV 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man (Saul), how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. (Persecution is evil.)
  43. 43. http://project133dotorg.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/blackpersecution1.jpg
  44. 44. http://www.nikripken.com/wp-content/themes/nikripken/images/TheInsanityOfObedienceCover.png
  45. 45. Persecution comes whenever and wherever people are coming to Christ. Eighty percent of the believers in our world are experiencing persecution.
  46. 46. When 80% of a group is experiencing something then you can consider it “normal” and the Bible sees persecution as normal, to be expected, a by-product of faith. Half of the book of Acts involves persecution.
  47. 47. Persecution increases as people respond more and more to the activity of God. The clearest predictor of persecution is RESPONSE to the Gospel so getting rid of persecution is not our goal.
  48. 48. https://answerstotuffquestions.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/persecution1.jpg Persecution (a very bad thing) can be used by God for His purposes (a very good thing).
  49. 49. Matthew 5:10 ESV 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
  50. 50. God took the worst thing that ever happened on this Earth, the persecution and death of His Son, and used it to bring about the best thing that ever happened to us, our daily and eternal salvation!
  51. 51. Since God took the worst thing that can ever happen and made it into the best thing for our sakes, He can certainly take any persecution that comes our way and use it for His purposes.
  52. 52. Jesus’ response to persecution was, love and to pray for those who persecuted him “Father forgive them.” (Matthew 5:44 and Luke 23:34)
  53. 53. Matthew 5:44 ESV 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
  54. 54. Luke 23:34 ESV 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
  55. 55. Our final response to persecution is, “God, glorifyYour Name!” Every believer has the responsibility to glorify God regardless of the circumstances. You can choose to glorify God regardless of your circumstances.
  56. 56. Obedience will result in persecution. Satan desires to deny entire people groups (Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch) access to the Gospel.
  57. 57. http://16i3c11gca1i1vqyfr3pskjl.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/silencing-christians.jpg Therefore, the goal of persecutors is to deny people access to Jesus and persecutors will do whatever it takes to reach their goal.
  58. 58. The two great spiritual opportunities are: 1) Access to Jesus and 2) Opportunity to witness for Jesus.
  59. 59. Therefore, choosing Jesus as your Savior and Lord and then sharing His love with others are the clearest ways to stand against evil and to oppose evil. We do not need to be guilty of refusing to push back against evil.
  60. 60. http://hopehelphealing.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Hebrews.10.19-JesusBloodGivesUsAccessToGod.jpg When you choose to not share your faith, it denies people access to God and you are supporting the cause for evil.
  61. 61. Persecutors often use violence to reach their goal and when you do not share the Gospel (deny people access to Jesus), you are bringing about the same result as their evil violence. Your silence = their violence.
  62. 62. http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=OIP.Mae1f3199f3d64cae917a16bef5a733d0o0&w=194&h=299&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0 When you witness to someone, you are identifying with those in chains who are being persecuted for their witness.
  63. 63. Hebrews 13:3 ESV 3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.
  64. 64. http://godcall.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/persecuted.jpg When you are silent, you are identifying with those who placed them in the chains.
  65. 65. Persecution decreases when people stop coming to Jesus. Persecution increases when people are being saved. God allows persecution because people will be saved.
  66. 66. God was content to leave Joseph in prison in Egypt for a long time. God gave purpose to this long time of suffering in Joseph’s life.
  67. 67. If someone would have rescued Joseph prematurely, they would have been contributing to the starvation of the Israelites (God’s people) and the Egyptians (not yet God’s people).
  68. 68. http://www.kathyhoward.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Christian-Persectution.jpg God can use persecution (one to suffer for the salvation of many) to deliver both believers and non-believers.
  69. 69. In God’s perfect timing, Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream that led to the preparation for the coming devastating drought. God has a higher purpose than lessening the suffering of persecuted believers.
  70. 70. Here in the USA, we are free to worship but we are also free to witness. Believers in Iran are free to share Jesus, it just carries more severe consequences for them.
  71. 71. Being a witness for Jesus has little to do with political freedom. Our willingness to witness has everything to do with obedience and using the courage God has already given us.
  72. 72. Spiritual brokenness cannot be fixed through political (human governmental) means. Jesus teaches that persecution is normal and to be expected by the obedient disciple.
  73. 73. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O82djYM8XyQ/USIyAm05nlI/AAAAAAAACe4/7FohAtsUlx4/s1600/god-is-in-control.jpg To stop persecution is to work contrary to His will (disobedience).
  74. 74. Matthew 16:21-23 ESV 21 From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
  75. 75. 22And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it fromYou, Lord! This shall never happen toYou.” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan!You are a hindrance to Me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Matthew 16:21-23 ESV (His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9)
  76. 76. Persecution is the result of obedient witness. The only way to stop persecution is to stop conversions.
  77. 77. Working to stop something that Jesus told us to expect puts us in a strange place. God has great purposes tied to the suffering of His people.
  78. 78. Don’t run from the suffering, don’t give in to the desire to – above all else, be comfortable. The flesh will naturally work against the purpose of the Spirit.
  79. 79. Spiritual awakenings on Earth today are in countries where persecution abounds. The best way we can help persecuted Christians is to witness consistently where you are every day.
  80. 80. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wqdTRRsuKKA/USq3ykt9kNI/AAAAAAAAAM0/hrVRrGLeshg/s1600/Counted-Worthy-For-His-Name.png Believers who are being persecuted today do not ask us to pray that the persecution will cease, they ask us to pray that they would be obedient through their suffering.
  81. 81. The question is not, “How can we keep persecution from happening to us”? The question is, “Why are we not being persecuted”?
  82. 82. Acts 9:32-35 ESV 32 Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. 33There he found a man named Aeneas (uh-NEE-uhs), bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed.
  83. 83. 34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. 35 And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Acts 9:32-35 ESV
  84. 84. The statement “as Peter went here and there” shows the ceaseless itinerant character of Peter's ministry at that time. On one of his trips, he came down to visit the saints who lived at Lydda.
  85. 85. Peter was not set in some hierarchical office but was moving, which made it easy for God to direct him. You can’t steer a ship that is not moving - the movement creates the opportunity to steer.
  86. 86. Those actively involved in ministry are usually the ones to whom God grants the most ministry opportunities. God has always seemed to entrust His richest ministries to His busiest saints.
  87. 87. Just being wholeheartedly active in ministry (which could even be an active prayer ministry if you are not mobile) places one in strategic opportunities.
  88. 88. Acts 9:33 ESV 33There he found a (certain) man named Aeneas (uh-NEE-uhs), bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed.
  89. 89. The use of the term “a certain man” to describe him, when contrasted with the description of Dorcas as "a certain disciple," suggests he was not a believer.
  90. 90. There are no examples in the New Testament of believers being healed (though Lazarus, Dorcas, and Eutychus were raised from the dead).
  91. 91. Luke does not say whether Aeneas was paralyzed due to a stroke, an illness such as polio, or an injury. In any case, his paralysis was beyond the abilities of the limited medical knowledge of that day.
  92. 92. He had already been bedridden eight years, and faced that prospect for the rest of his life. Peter's availability because he was involved gave him an open door for ministry.
  93. 93. The miracle, besides its obvious impact in the life of Aeneas, was to be used by God to bring large numbers of people in the surrounding region to faith in Jesus Christ.
  94. 94. Acts 9:34 ESV 34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose.
  95. 95. 1 Peter 4:11 says, "Whoever speaks, let him speak, as it were, the utterances of God; whoever serves, let him do so as by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, toWhom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen”.
  96. 96. Aeneas immediately arose, with no paralysis. As noted in the discussion of Acts 3:8, the healings performed by Jesus Christ and the apostles were instantaneous and total.
  97. 97. The NewTestament knows nothing of "progressive healings," where someone has been "healed," and is now gradually getting better.
  98. 98. Peter's availability led to an even more astounding opportunity; Aeneas was healed, but Dorcas was raised from the dead. While Peter was at Lydda, tragedy struck the church at nearby Joppa.
  99. 99. http://img.allw.mn/content/w3/i1/fzzeli2l.jpg One of the most beloved members was a certain disciple namedTabitha (more commonly known by her Greek name of Dorcas; both names mean "gazelle").
  100. 100. The epitaph on this lovely lady was that this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity, which she continually did.
  101. 101. http://www.lightbearers.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/preach-like-dorcas-490x280.jpg Specifically, as verse 39 shows, she made clothes for the poor and needy.
  102. 102. In contrast to Aeneas, she is specifically called a disciple. Mathetria (disciple), the feminine form of mathetes ("disciple"), appears only here in the NewTestament.
  103. 103. Dorcas was certainly an appropriate model for what a Christian woman should be. She fulfilled her calling as a disciple.
  104. 104. Naturally when at that time she fell sick and died, it was a serious blow to the believers in Joppa. They washed her body in preparation for burial, as was customary.
  105. 105. However, instead of burying her immediately, as was also customary (Acts 5:6,10), they laid her body in an upper room. Evidently, they had something else in mind.
  106. 106. What that was becomes immediately apparent. Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples heard that Peter was there. No doubt they had also heard of his healing of Aeneas, which gave them an idea.
  107. 107. They sent two men to Peter, entreating him urgently, "Do not delay to come to us." Despite his consuming duties among the masses confessing Jesus as Lord, Peter arose and went with them (as Philip did in Acts 8).
  108. 108. He was never too busy (compassionate Christians seldom are too busy) with the crowds to be available to help in time of need. When he had come to Joppa, they brought him into the upper room where they had laid Dorcas's body.
  109. 109. http://worldprayrblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/dorcasbiblestory.jpg Peter saw firsthand how deeply loved Dorcas was and what a loss her death was for the church at Joppa.
  110. 110. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-glXfvIeNNOY/UwYecU2QtCI/AAAAAAAADeo/QazEVJR5ow8/s1600/crying-woman.jpg All the widows of the church stood beside him weeping, and showing all the tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them.
  111. 111. https://revphil2011.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/widow.jpg The church's responsibility to care for widows, though often neglected today, was taken seriously in the early church (Acts 6:1 ff.; 1Tim 5:1 ff.).
  112. 112. Employment opportunities for women were severely limited, and widows without family to care for them were often left destitute (Mark 12:41-44; Luke 7:11-15). The loss of Dorcas, therefore, was a serious blow to these widows.
  113. 113. Many believe that to deny women leadership roles in the church is to deny them the opportunity to minister. Nothing could be further from the truth.
  114. 114. http://northoakschurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/DorcasMinistry_01.jpg Dorcas neither preached nor led the newly born church, yet her ministry in the Joppa church was so crucial as to endear her to all.
  115. 115. Acts 9:40-41 ESV 40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up.Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.
  116. 116. As he had seen the Lord do when He raised Jairus' daughter (Mark 5:40), Peter sent them all out of the room where Dorcas's body lay.
  117. 117. Mark 5:37-42 ESV 37 Jesus did not let anyone follow Him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing?The child is not dead but asleep.”
  118. 118. 40 But they laughed at Him.After He put them all out, He took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with Him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”).
  119. 119. 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. Mark 5:37-42 ESV
  120. 120. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hU_y8KWtSm8/T-_pyXR0p3I/AAAAAAAACV4/Gb1myMFhYtc/s1600/image-717467.png
  121. 121. Peter would not put on a display before the crowd that would draw all attention to him, and he also wanted a quiet place to pray.
  122. 122. Some might think that Peter, who had been involved in countless healings (Acts 5:12-16), should have simply commanded Dorcas to rise. He knew, however, the source of his power and presumed nothing about the will of God.
  123. 123. Accordingly, he knelt down and prayed. Essential to all successful ministry, prayer acknowledges dependence on God.
  124. 124. Prayer realizes that God is "able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to His power that works within us" (Ephesians 3:20).
  125. 125. Peter had learned the importance of prayer from His Lord, having seen and heard Him many times in communion with His Father. (Matthew 14:23; Luke 6:12-13)
  126. 126. Many years ago five young college students made their way to London to hear Charles Haddon Spurgeon preach. Arriving early at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, they found the doors still locked.
  127. 127. While they waited on the steps, a man approached them and asked, "Would you like to see the heating apparatus of this church?" That was not what they had come for, but they agreed to go with him.
  128. 128. He led them into the building, down a long flight of stairs, and into a hallway. At the end of the hallway he opened a door into a large room filled with seven hundred people on their knees praying.
  129. 129. "That," said their guide (who was none other than Spurgeon himself), "is the heating apparatus of this church."
  130. 130. Having finished praying, Peter turned to Dorcas's body and said, "Tabitha, arise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand and raised her up; and calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.
  131. 131. http://www.godisreal.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/raised-from-the-dead-tabitha.jpg
  132. 132. For those who loved her the joy must have been inexpressible. That God did not raise her solely for their benefit, however, will soon become evident.
  133. 133. Acts 9:42 ESV 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
  134. 134. God's greater purpose for raising Dorcas now became clear as word of her return to life became known all over Joppa.
  135. 135. God used miracles as confirming signs that the Gospel is true. He also used them to authenticate the apostles as His messengers.
  136. 136. God used the raising of Dorcas as the spark for the salvation throughout the city. As with the healing of Aeneas, Peter's ministry bore much fruit. Because of Dorcas's resurrection, many in Joppa believed in the Lord.
  137. 137. http://www.keyway.ca/jpg/joppa2.jpg Again Peter's God-empowered ministry, both in Lydda and Joppa, caused many souls to be added to the kingdom.
  138. 138. Acts 9:43 ESV 43 And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner.
  139. 139. This footnote serves as a bridge between this passage and the following account of Cornelius' conversion. Peter decided to remain in Joppa and stayed many days with a certain tanner named Simon.
  140. 140. These were challenging days for Peter, as the walls of his lifelong prejudices tumbled down. First came the conversion and Spirit-filling of the Samaritans (Philip in Acts 8), with whom no self-respecting Jew had any dealings.
  141. 141. Yet Peter had been forced to welcome them as brothers in Christ. Soon will come an even greater shock, as Gentiles enter the church. In this seemingly insignificant footnote, yet another wall comes down, as Peter stays with a tanner.
  142. 142. Tanners were despised in first-century Jewish society, since they dealt with the skins of dead animals. Tanning was thus considered an unclean occupation, and Simon the tanner would have been shunned by the local synagogue.
  143. 143. Prejudice is devastating to any ministry. In far too many Christian circles, those who do not fit the mold are rejected. Any bigotry is a blight on the cause of God, Who "is not One to show partiality" (Acts 10:34).
  144. 144. There is no place in an effective personal ministry for prejudice. Peter knew the principles for an effective personal ministry, and lived them out.
  145. 145. Because of that, the Lord blessed his ministry to individuals as much as his ministry before the huge crowds. In fact, one led to the other.
  146. 146. https://bongodogblog.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/cornelius01.jpg It would be through his ministry to another individual,Cornelius, that the final barrier would be thrown down, and Gentiles would be admitted to the church.
  147. 147. The Plan of Hope & Salvation John 3:16 ESV 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 14:6 ESV 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
  148. 148. Romans 3:23 ESV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 6:23a ESV 23a For the wages of sin is death, • Death in this life (the first death) is 100%. • Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sins. • The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in Revelation 21:8.
  149. 149. Revelation 21:8 ESV 8 “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Romans 6:23b ESV 23b but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  150. 150. Romans 5:8 ESV 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Revelation 21:7 ESV 7 "The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.” Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to be conquerors.
  151. 151. Romans 10:9-10 ESV 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:13 ESV 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
  152. 152. If you have questions or would like to know more, Please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601-949-1900 or http://firstbaptistjackson.org/contact/

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