WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Some Doubted, Some Adjusted
by Dr. Gregory C. Magruder | May 21, 2017
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 05-21-17
“Some Doubted, Some Adjusted”
Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:1-8
INTRODUCTION: We are examining the Seven Realities of Experiencing God and the post-resurrection experiences of Jesus in our series “Where Do We Go from Here?” When we are in right relationship with God and sensitive to his leadership, then we will be ready to do what he invites us to do. God speaks in a variety of ways to get our attention and invites us to join him in his work. God develops our relationship with him, assures us of his love, and invites us to work with him to accomplish his purposes. God’s invitation creates a crisis of belief. Are we going to join him? Are we going to follow him? Are we going to accept his invitation?
What we do in response to God’s invitation reveals what we truly believe about God.
ONE RESPONSE TO GOD IS TO DENY, DOUBT OR DECLINE.
*God’s invitation for you to work with him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action. Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go…Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:16-20).
*Encounters with God are God-sized and require faith and action. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
*When we refuse God’s invitation to join him, we miss experiencing God and seeing him accomplish his work in the world. Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted (Matthew 28:16-17).
What we do in response to God’s invitation reveals what we truly believe about God. True faith requires action.
THE BEST RESPONSE IS TO ADJUST AND BELIEVE GOD.
*You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what he is doing. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit…” (Acts1:3-5).
*You may need to make adjustments in one or more areas of your life:
- Circumstances (job, home, finances, etc.)
- Relationships (family, friends, etc.)
- Thinking (prejudices, methods, potential, etc.)
- Commitments (to family, church, job, plans, traditions, etc.)
- Actions (how you pray, give, serve, etc.)
- Beliefs (about God, his purposes, his ways, your relationship, etc.)
*You cannot stay where you are and go with God at the same time. Obedience is costly and requires dependence on God. Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:6-8).
The One who calls me is also the One who enables me to do his will.
Parkview Baptist Church is facing a crisis of belief. We are going to have to make major adjustments in the days ahead.
We will need to make some decisions that require great faith and dependence on God. Are you ready?