Christ Of Every Crisis

Acts 12:1-10 (­Program 2294, Air dates 04.07.2013 & 04.14.2013)

  1. RESPECT THE MYSTERY OF GOD’S PROVIDENCE.           (Acts 12:1-10)
    1. God works in a mysterious way.
    2. If our crisis doesn’t make sense to us that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make sense.
      1. Romans 8:28
    3. Blessings and troubles work together in our lives.
  1. REQUEST THE MINISTRY OF GOD’S PEOPLE.  (Acts 12:5)
    1. We can always pray during a crisis.
    2. The frequency of the prayer
      1. Matthew 7:7
      2. Luke 18:1
    3. The fervency of the prayer
      1. Jeremiah 29:13
      2. Prayer is hard work.
        1. Romans 15:30
    4. The fellowship of the prayer
      1. Matthew 18:19-20
    5. The faith of the prayer
      1. The church didn’t try to impress each other with their prayers.
      2. The church only relied on God, not on the outcome of the prayer.
    6. The focus of the prayer
      1. The church prayed with specificity.
      2. Jeremiah 33:3
  1. REST IN THE MASTERY OF GOD’S PEACE.  (Acts 12:6-7)
    1. Peter was sleeping soundly the night before his execution.
      1. He was no longer afraid of death.
      2. He knew that God’s people were praying for him.
        1. Psalm 121:4
        2. Isaiah 26:3
        3. Philippians 4:6-7
  1. REJOICE IN THE MAJESTY OF GOD’S POWER. (Acts 12:7-10)
    1. The whole story is characterized with leisure.
    2. God’s mighty and majestic power are seen through this leisure.
    3. Prayer is not an excuse to be lazy about what we can do.
      1. Acts 12:11-17
      2. 2 Thessalonians 3:10
  1. CONCLUSION
    1. Four things to remember in a crisis:
      1. Don’t demand to understand.
      2. Remember the resource of prayer.
      3. Put your eyes on God and rest in His love.
      4. Expect God’s power to move in His own time and in His own way.

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