Beautiful Feet and the Kingdom of God…

The scriptures promise us that the number of those found in Christ will be a
number like that of the sand on the seashore and as the stars in the sky. We
will always acknowledge the sovereignty of God in the salvation of men. But is
there a way for us to play a role in God’s plan in the redemption of men, women,
boys, and girls?
The answer is yes!
Acts 4:4
But many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men
came to be about five thousand.
How is it that God is pleased to save a spiritually dead person? The simple
answer is “by using the preaching of the word as He intended, and not man’s
way.” The Shorter Catechism (Baptist Version) asks in question 95, “How is the
word made effectual unto salvation?” The answer is, “The Spirit of God makes the
reading, but ESPECIALLY THE PREACHING of the word, an effectual means of
convincing and converting sinners, and of building up believers in holiness and
comfort through faith unto salvation.”
When sinners hear the word of God preached as a sermon or even evangelisticaly,
the Sovereign One Himself then chooses whether or not to open the heart of the
unbeliever, while making him alive, and causing him to “hear” the gospel with
spiritual ears.
In Acts 3:11-26 the apostle Peter preached his second sermon and used a simple
outline that covers all the necessary elements we also ought to preach in the
general gospel call.
Verse 12
Peter first acknowledged the sovereignty of God. He taught that man has no doing
in the miraculous; not in gifts of healings (v. 6-9), and certainly not in
something much more difficult like “saving” someone’s soul from eternal
damnation.
Verses 13-15
Peter then brought their sin to remembrance in the crucifixion of Jesus. He
reminded them that it was their personal sin that played a part in the unholy
exchange of our Lord for the “murderer” (v. 14).
Verse 16
Peter preached that “faith alone” in “Jesus Christ alone “is what healed the
lame man. He argued later in verse 23 that Jesus not only healed lame men, but
will preserve all men from being “utterly destroyed” if they will only “heed”
Him and trust in Him.
Verses 17-18
Peter preached their accountability before God, regardless of their ignorance.
The words announced by God ‘‘beforehand” in His word make all men accountable to
Him.
Verses 19-24
Peter issued the gospel call of repentance and trust in Christ (v. 19, 22). He
used the words of Moses, the first prophet sent by God, found in Deuteronomy
18:15, 18 of the Old Testament as a proof text. Peter taught that not only did
Moses preach this same gospel, but “all the prophets who have spoken” also
announced the same message concerning the same Messiah. A universal and
perpetual threat was also given in verse 23.
Verse 25-26
Peter ended his sermon with a personal exhortation to his hearers. He reminded
the people that the “covenant which God made” with their forefathers meant
blessing to “all the families of the earth” and not just to the Jews by using
another proof text (Genesis 22:18).
After the sermon there were two results; one good and one bad.
The priests, the captain of the temple guard, and the Sadducees rejected Peter’s
preaching of the “resurrection from the dead” found “in Jesus.” Peter and John
were subsequently thrown into prison for preaching the truth (4:1-3).
BUT, many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men
came to be about five thousand (4:4).
This distinct number of men who were saved in one single day, from hearing an
accurate gospel presentation (proof texts and all), was about “five thousand”!!!
Do you desire to see the body of Christ grow one soul at a time? How about
thousands in one day? Then take heart! If the Lord is pleased, He can save five
thousand in ONE DAY if we are only bold enough to OPEN our mouths with the truth
of His gospel.
Do you desire to be used by God to bring the sweet name of Christ to dead hearts
and dead ears? Then learn how to preach a Bible based little sermonette, and
evangelize your friends, families, and co-workers with it. I know that the
“outline” or “formula” changes from time to time in the bible, but the basic
elements of a gospel presentation never change.
EVERYONE who HEARS, believes! WHY? God grants the “spiritual hearing.” The
audible sermonette, or gospel call, given by any of us is where we join God to
bring salvation to all men indiscriminately. We should therefore be zealously
indiscriminate as to who we give the gospel call to and how many times we give
it. Peter preached to the masses while also preaching in the hearing of the
religious (4:1).
Words are not particularly special in and of themselves when they are
disconnected. No one gets excited about reading a dictionary. But certain words
lined up and said one after the other in a certain order produce sentences that
teach eternal and God breathed truths! These words are words that change
people’s souls and lives! What an incredible thing to realize that while we
speak simple words, the Lord may at any moment use those simple words to bring
spiritual life to the spiritually dead.
Romans 10:14-17
How shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they
believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a
preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written,
‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings of good things!’
May the Lord grant us willing hearts and mouths, so that He may be pleased to
grow His church His way through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone,
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
for He who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23

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