The Sermon: Acts 5: 34 – 42
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 Christ.
How Do We Know “It Is of God”?
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Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday, July 23, 2017 (9:00 a.m.)
The Liturgy (Pages 213 – 214 Middle)
The Salutation And Collect (Page 214 Bottom)
The Scripture Reading – Acts 5: 25 – 33
The bold testimony of Peter and the Apostles, putting the Lord before any human authority, regardless of the consequences.
The Sermon ………………………………………………………… Acts 5: 34 – 42
34But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. 35Then he addressed them: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” 40His speech persuaded them. 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. 41The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. 42Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.
HOW DO WE KNOW WHETHER “IT IS OF GOD” ?
“Create In Me” (Hymn 956)
♫ Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me,
Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit.
Our Gifts Of Faith And Love
The Prayer Of The Church (Pages 215-216)
Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen
Silent Prayer And Announcements