Our text is Acts 9:32-43.
Children’s Message: Pastor Chad Sadorf has been including a series of Children’s Messages, based on the I Am statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. This week’s lesson 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: I Am the Way coloring page and Children’s Bulletin.
Service for Family Worship:
Call to Worship: Psalm 9:1-2, 10-11
1 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
10 And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds! (ESV)
Almighty God, High King of heaven, as we bow before you this morning we are awe of you.
We worship and adore you. You are the standard of perfection.
All things are subject to you and are sustained by you. You are sovereign, all powerful, all knowing. You are holy!
You judge perfectly and you carry out your will with infinite precision.
And yet with all your great power, with all your incomprehensible attributes, you draw near to us, and love us with perfect love.
And we know that we are loved and accepted unconditionally because we are united to Christ by faith.
And you have told us in your word it all began with you—that from before the foundation of the world you have loved your own with an everlasting love.
And your favor has now been turned upon us, because your holy and just wrath has been poured out on Jesus Christ on behalf of your people.
So, we worship you this morning, and we thank you for giving us eyes to see your beauty, for hearts that love you, and for ears that can hear your voice through your word and by your spirit. Amen.
Corporate Scripture Reading: Romans 7:14-20
14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. (ESV)
Father, we have so often trivialized the gospel by failing to see the depth of our own sin. We confess that even the good works which we bring to you, are defective in both motive and performance. We have also broken your law, in thought, in word, and in deed, in order to please ourselves and other people.
So, Father, help us today to know the joy of true repentance, as we look to Christ in faith, and rest in his perfect righteousness. Forgive us for the totality of our sin as you define it. Transform us, and sanctify us by your Word, and through your Spirit, for your glory and for our good. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon:
Anyone in Christ becomes a new person altogether; the past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and new. Friends, believe the good news of the gospel.
In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Affirmation of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell1. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic2 church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
1Christ was under the power of death for a time; he incurred the full penalty for the sins of God’s people.
2Catholic is defined as God’s universal church.
I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life (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.)
Offertory: (from Mark 6)
With five loaves and two fish Jesus fed 5000 men plus women and children. Part of our worship is giving ourselves to God in service. What can he do with your time, talents, and abilities when we give them to him?
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Pastoral Prayer: (Click here for the Pastoral Prayer)
Sermon: Jesus Makes All Things New (Click here to watch or to listen to the sermon)
I. The power and authority of the risen Lord Jesus raising the paralyzed
II. The power and authority of the risen Lord Jesus raising the dead
Benediction (Click here to hear this week’s benediction)
Questions for Further Discussion
1. Why do you think Luke recorded these two miracle stories in Acts 9:32-42?
2. What do you think these two miracle stories teach us about Christ and the kingdom?
3. Describe the healing of Aeneas – 9:34. What characteristics do we again see for Bible miracles?
4. What effect did this miracle have on the people – 9:35?
5. Describe Tabitha’s character.
6. Describe the miracle that occurred – 9:40,41. What characteristics of miraculous healings can we observe in this example?
7. What effect did this miracle have on the people?
Lesson 7: I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life
We have been learning together about the seven I AM statements Jesus made, recorded in the book of John.
Each time Jesus says “I AM,” he is saying that he is God. Each I AM statement tells us a little more about who Jesus is.
We have learned that he is the Bread of Life, and fills up all our spiritual needs.
That Jesus is the resurrection and the life, and that he has all power over life and death.
We also learned that he is the Light of the World, and he lights up our spiritual darkness.
We learned that Jesus is the gate, the only entrance to heaven.
And last week that he is the Good Shepherd who sacrificed his life for our lives.
I want you to know Jesus. He has prepared a place for you in heaven – I want you to find your way to heaven.
Jesus is the way to God, he is the only truth, and he gives us eternal life if we will love him and follow him!
Scripture Passage: from the New International Version (NIV)
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.