Our text is Acts Acts 11:19-30.
Children’s Message: Pastor Chad Sadorf has been including a series of Children’s Messages. In this message series we are going to look at the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. Today’s message is provided as a video; this link appears just after the Gloria Patri in the service (where it would normally occur in our church service). Click on these links for a printable activity page and a children’s bulletin to accompany this message: Peace coloring page and Children’s Bulletin.
Service for Family Worship:
Call to Worship: Psalm 24
1 The earth is the Lord ‘s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
5 He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
7 Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! 9 Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory! (ESV)
Almighty God, we humble ourselves before you. You are infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in your being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.
You created, rule over, and sustain everything that exists, all things which are seen and unseen.
You are holy beyond our comprehension. And even as your children, who have been redeemed by the blood of your own Son, we admit that there are times in our lives when our sin seems more real to us than you do. So when we think of coming before you in worship, according to our own ability we have none. We look down at our hands, and they are dirty. We look into our hearts, and they are not pure. But because of your matchless grace and the finished work of your son you welcome us, and in the gospel we are utterly accepted in him.
You have also promised to increasingly transform us by your word and spirit.
So even as your only Son Jesus ascended into the heavens, may we also ascend there in heart and mind, as we offer ourselves to you in worship. Amen.
Corporate Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1-17
1 And God spoke all these words, saying, 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. 7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. 8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. 12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. 13 “You shall not murder. 14 “You shall not commit adultery. 15 “You shall not steal. 16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” (ESV)
Almighty God, as we confess our sins, deepen within us the sense of shame and sorrow for the wrongs that we have done, and for the good we have left undone. Prevent us from seeing our sin as merely isolated acts of disobedience, but rather as a deep-seated rebellion against you and your absolute authority over us.
Forgive us we pray, for the totality of our sin, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, and strengthen our wills to love you and serve you with joy, that your commands would not be burdensome, but that we would find the greatest joy in obedience to you, through the power of Holy Spirit. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon: : Romans 5:1
1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (ESV)
This is a wonderful promise we have in the gospel.
Affirmation of Faith: Westminster Larger Catechism
Q. 147 What are the duties required in the tenth commandment?
The duties required in the tenth commandment are, such a full contentment with our own condition, and such a charitable frame of the whole soul toward our neighbor, as that all our inward motions and affections touching him, tend unto, and further all that good which is his.
Q. 148 What are the sins forbidden in the tenth commandment?
The sins forbidden in the tenth commandment are, discontentment with our own estate; envying and grieving at the good of our neighbor, together with all inordinate motions and affections to anything that is his.
Fruit of the Spirit: Peace (Click here to link to the video of the Children’s Message)
(You may want to take a moment to pray with your child or children for your family, your church family, our country and world.)
Hear the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; “I came to seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10)
As part of worship we have the privilege of giving back a portion of what God has entrusted to us. May he use it to seek and save the lost.
(Online giving is now available for your convenience. This link, https://www.faithpresarp.org/give/, will take you to the page that explains this process and includes a button which will redirect you to the secured giving platform.
Pastoral Prayer: (Click here for the Pastoral Prayer)
Sermon: A Model Missionary Church
I. Commitment to evangelism
II. Dynamic discipleship
III. Mercy ministry
Benediction (Click here to hear this week’s benediction)
Questions for Further Discussion
- What group of Christians does the account return to discussing in 11:19? What passage records this group being scattered?
- Where did they preach (see map) and to whom did they preach?
- Who preached to a different group of people (see map), and to whom did they preach – 11:20? What connection does this have to the story of Cornelius?
- Discuss the phrase, “the hand of the Lord was with them” [v.21] What does it mean for the hand of the Lord to be with us?
- What did Barnabas do at Antioch – 11:23? How can a person see God’s grace?
- List the characteristics of Barnabas (11:24) and explain them.
Fruit of the Spirit: Peace
We are looking at the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5.
Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law”
Spiritual fruit isn’t fruit from the grocery store – spiritual fruit is a specific character quality that God creates in us through his Spirit.
Last week we looked at the fruit of love.
Today we will learn about Worldly Peace, Heavenly Peace, and Neighborly Peace.
Peace is something:
• that comes from God, as a fruit of the spirit
• is made possible through Jesus,
• is something we need to have with everyone.
John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (NIV).
Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (ESV)
Philippians 4:4-7, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NAS)
Romans 12:18, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (ESV)