Our text is Acts 10:44-11:18.
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: Joy coloring page and Children’s Bulletin.
Service for Family Worship:
24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (ESV)
Almighty God, this morning as we bow in your presence and offer our hearts to you, we give thanks not as we ought, but as we are able.
You are the standard of perfection. You are holy beyond all comprehension.
We praise you because you are infinitely worthy.
But Father, we also praise you this morning for the privilege of being your children.
We thank you that Jesus Christ has earned our righteousness for us, and by the instrument of faith has transferred to us the righteousness you require in order for us to commune with you.
And that through faith, we can receive eternal life and stand before you clean and forgiven of all our sin.
By your sovereign power, you are truly able to make us stand in your presence blameless and with great joy.
Thank you, Father, that you loved us enough to send your only Son to give us this incomprehensible gift.
So, will you enable us by your Spirit to worship you this Lord’s day in spirit and in truth. Amen.
Corporate Scripture Reading: Romans 7:14-25
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. 21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. (ESV)
Almighty and gracious God, we are thankful that your mercy is
higher than the heavens,
wider than our wanderings,
deeper than all our sin.
Forgive our careless attitudes toward your purposes,
our refusal to relieve the suffering of others,
our envy of those who have more than we have,
our obsession with creating a life of constant pleasure,
our indifference to the treasures of heaven,
our neglect of your wise and gracious law.
Forgive us, we pray, for the totality of our sin as you define it.By your grace and the power of Holy Spirit transform us
so that we may desire what is good,
love what you love
and do what you command,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon: : John 5:24
24 Jesus said, Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (ESV)
This is a wonderful promise we have in the gospel.
Affirmation of Faith: Westminster Larger Catechism
Q. 75 What is sanctification?
Sanctification is a work of God’s free grace, whereby they whom God hath, before the foundation of the world, chosen to be holy, are in time, through the powerful operation of his Spirit applying the death and resurrection of Christ unto them, renewed in their whole man after the image of God; having the seeds of repentance unto life, and all other saving graces, put into their hearts, and those graces so stirred up, increased, and strengthened, as that they more and more die unto sin, and rise unto newness of life.
Fruit of the Spirit: Joy (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: Psalm 96:8-9
8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! 9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!
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Pastoral Prayer: (Click here for the Pastoral Prayer)
Sermon: The Holy Spirit Comes to the Gentiles
I. The Spirit falls on the Gentiles
II. Peter commands them to be baptized
Benediction (Click here to hear this week’s benediction)
Questions for Further Discussion
- What purpose had been served by the coming of Holy Spirit on the Gentiles (cf. 11:1- 18)? Were these Gentiles saved before the Spirit fell or after?
- List examples we have studied in which people received miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit. Were apostles present each time? What can we learn?
- What can we learn about the importance of hearing the gospel from verse 14?
- What was the supernatural event that Peter described – 11:15? What is meant by the expression “at the beginning”?
- To what promise did Peter connect this event (11:16), and where else have we studied this promise? What do you conclude about the nature of the event that occurred? How many baptisms did Cornelius receive?
Fruit of the Spirit: Joy
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 Joy.
• Joy is possible even when we are sad.
• God is our joy when we know his Son Jesus.
• We will find joy in loving and serving others.
• JOY – Jesus, Others, You
Habakkuk 3:18, “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” (ESV)
John 15:11 – “These things I have spoken to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” (ESV)
Philippians 4:4 – “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (ESV)