총 게시물 593건, 최근 2 건

Brothers, what shall we do?

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설교일 : 2014.06.29.
설교자 : Rev. Jang
본문말씀 : Acts 2:37-47

June 29, 2014

 

“Brothers, what shall we do?”

Acts 2:37-47

 

Rev. Chan Young Jang’s Sermon at KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

1.

There is an interesting story about the great church reformer Martin Luther. While he was pushing through the Reformation of the Catholic churches, he had to endure a lot of hardship. One time in his dream he was visited by Satan who came with a long list of Luther’s sins, like his greed, lies, evil desires, etc., and began to read them aloud to him. After listening to the long list, he told Satan to add some more of his hidden sins to the list. Satan eagerly wrote down those on the list. When Satan was done with his writing, Luther told Satan, “Now, you have to write this sentence at the bottom under the list of my sins.” The sentence he requested was: 1 John 1:7b The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. After hearing this, Satan stopped accusing Luther and fled.

 

Like Luther, when we have the Holy Spirit inside of us, we can become extremely bold. We were once oppressed by our sins, but now we realize that we are capable of ruling over them. Now that we know we have been forgiven of our past sins, we are no longer in the darkness, being frustrated with ourselves, but we look up to God and seek ‘His kingdom’. Our values and thinking have been changed, so now we act and talk differently from the past.

 

Once the Holy Spirit came down to them, the disciples acted and talked so differently that they were described to have been intoxicated by new wine. But Peter defended them in Acts 2:14-15; “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, these men are not drunk. It’s only nine in the morning. They are filled with the Holy Spirit.”

 

“No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.” (Acts 2:16-18a)

 

In reality, God didn’t pour out the Spirit only on that Pentecost day in Mark’s Upper Room. He has poured out His Spirit on His children all through the ages, as we can see in the case of Daniel in the Bible. Daniel was fully filled with the Holy Spirit. He had been anointed by God in his teens, and was continuously with the Spirit, serving 3 empires and 4 kings until he was in his 90s. He was a man of God, the best politician and wisest sage. He was really special, having the spirituality and professionalism given by God.

 

Now things are different. The Holy Spirit is not poured out on only special people, but on all people, young and old, men and women, masters and servants. This is the baptism of the Holy Spirit on all of us.

 

The Holy Spirit once inside changes the people. Take a look at the disciples who got baptized by the Holy Spirit. Their ways of thinking and speaking were changed and their lives were changed.

 

The Holy Spirit helps the people to stand upright. They become confident and start to build up people around them, and then together they will build a God’s church.

 

The Holy Spirit moves the people to go out. Jesus’ disciples who were limited in their perspective and used to think Sea of Galilee was a big ocean now boldly went out into the world. With the Holy Spirit inside of them, they moved to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth to become the witnesses of Jesus. The Holy Spirit also moves us to go out and evangelize everywhere.

 

 

2.

In today’s passage, the Holy Spirit came down on the disciples with multiple tasks. Now, once inside of us, the Holy Spirit leads us out of the darkness, and into the light. First, the Spirit helps us to learn God’s light in this world and then to spread the Gospel all around us.

 

When we receive blessings from God, we have to share them with others and spread them around. Why did you get your education? We have to share and spread it around. What about your health? To share and spread it around. What about your wisdom? To share and spread it around. What about your business? To share and spread it around. Once we share and spread what we have received, God’s blessings will continue to overflow.

 

Ecclesiastes 11:1  Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again.

Its original meaning was that during famine time, if you cast your food in the river, then your descendants will eat it. In other words, if you share your wealth generously, some day it will be returned to you. This is called ‘the circle of grace’ or the ‘boomerang principle’. A boomerang is only a curved piece of wood, but when it is hurled right, it will return to the thrower with the bounty of fruits, or birds.

 

 

3.

The world was shocked at the transformation of Jesus’ disciples. And after hearing Peter’s testimony, the people were touched.

 

Acts 2:37  When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

 

This is our confession today; “What shall we do?”  We know that we should love, forgive and treat others well and not to criticize them. But it isn’t easy. Apostle Paul said, “I do not understand what I do.” and it is our confession also.

 

Acts 2:38  Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

 

What he means is that when you repent and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord, you will receive the Holy Spirit, and then the Spirit will control and guide you. From now on, it isn’t you who does the job, it is the Holy Spirit. How can your family receive blessings? How can your church receive blessings? We don’t know the secret to God’s blessings, but the Holy Spirit will lead us and open the door to the blessings. Today’s passage tells us two kinds of blessings the Holy Spirit brought to the people in Jerusalem.

 

1) First, the blessing to live more passionately for God.

 

Acts 2:46a  Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.

 

Our church should be the center of our healthy religious life and our focus should be on God. In Korean society, the schools are not the center of students’ education, but some after-school institutes are.  Because of this situation, the students will eventually miss out a lot on the basics, and it is not right.  

 

For our spiritual life, we should honor, respect and love our church, and aspire to receive God’s grace there. Just like you accept and love your parents no matter what, you should accept and love your pastors in your church no matter what, and pray for them, and then your pastors will devote their utmost 24 hours a day. The church should be the center of your life of faith.

 

The Holy Spirit helped those in Jerusalem to sing the praise of God.

Acts 2:47  praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.

 

Ephesians 5:18  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

Ephesians 5:19  Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.

 

The Holy Spirit leads us to sing and to worship. In the book of Daniel, he was a worshiper first, and a politician second. He was experiencing a very intimate and spiritual relationship with God. In my opinion, Christianity should be based on reason, but should go beyond the rational.

 

Some people claim that they have met God in their brains, but not in their hearts. They should really pray harder for God’s grace, and then the Holy Spirit will lead them to meet with God whole-heartedly.

 

2) Second, the blessing to live happily with other people.

 

The Holy Spirit changes our minds about other people around us for the better.

 

Acts 2:44a  All the believers were together. 

What a wonderful statement with resonance!

 

In previous times, the disciples were jealous of each other, wanting to get ahead of others, and even when Jesus was talking about his impending death, they were arguing for higher positions. But now things are really different with them. I can imagine their catch phrase of “We are all family!” or “Let’s be all friends!” They became the epitome of transformed Christians.

 

“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.” This meeting together every day will have the ‘Frequency Effect’ used in psychological consultation. When some information is given frequently and continuously, it will erase the previous information.

 

Now the disciples met ‘every day’ to worship, pray and praise together, and their opinions of others began to improve. Their frequent meetings enabled them to erase the betrayal of Peter, the cowardice of the disciples or their own prejudices. I think the same thing can happen in our ‘cell groups’. We can appreciate and encourage each other at our cell group meetings.

 

The word ‘compassion’ has ‘com’ + ‘passion’, and the Holy Spirit inside of us will open our hearts to others and feel their pain, subsequently changing our relationships.

 

The Holy Spirit changes our concept of ‘material wealth’.

Acts 2:44b-45  had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.

 

This is not like the concept of communism. Here is a case of good management of money to help the poor and weak. They no longer regarded their possessions as their own and wanted to share them.

 

According to the spiritualist Richard Foster, “Christians show their characters in their management of money”. Christians serve Jesus Christ as their master, so they should handle their money in the way their master would be pleased.

 

For us Christians, making money means earning it in the right way, like sweat and hard work, and the money will not enslave us. The money made through extreme speculation, gambling or pyramid scheme will corrupt the person very soon. We should keep our characters intact in our monetary transactions so as not to lose the people and our faith.

 

We are reminded of the fact that in the Gospels Jesus spent 1/5 of his time talking about money, its dangers and his warnings. Nobody is immune from the ‘greed’ and ‘broken relationship because of money’. So, ‘when the disciples shared everything and sold their possessions to help the needy’, it was the beginning of the life of missions. The Holy Spirit guides us to share our material resources with others to show our compassion.

 

The disciples were changed by the Holy Spirit in their practical ‘management of material possessions’ as well as in ‘their relationships’.

 

 

4.

Now for our conclusion, let us study the verse 43 in today’s passage.

Acts 2:43  Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.

 

Korean churches used to put too much emphasis on the many wonders and miraculous signs as the power manifested by the Holy Spirit, but it was a misunderstanding. Here everyone was filled with awe not by the manifestations, but by the transformation of the disciples’ relationships. The Holy Spirit works in us for our better relationship with God.

 

I want to share the famous statement by Rev. John Wesley, “The first duty of a Christian is to show the kingdom of God”, and we receive the Holy Spirit’s help in this. The people in Jerusalem were filled with awe at the passionate relationships the disciples had with God and with each other.

 

“What shall we do?” My beloved congregation, I want you to receive the Holy Spirit. If you have already, then let the Holy Spirit lead you to be closer to God and to be more generous in your relationships with other people, and you become a genuine Christian.

 

Let us sing this hymn #427, “I’m Rejoicing Night and Day”

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the following topics at your cell group meetings.

 

1) After you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, what kind of changes have come over you in your relationship with God?

 

2) After you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, what kind of changes have come over you in your relationship with other people?

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