Fear, Faith, and the Vision of God

Summary

Scripture Reference: Acts 4-10

Insight

What does the vision of God look like for the church? What we want is what God wants for us.

Fear is at the heart of rejection of the undeniable truth(s).

ACTS 4:32-35

  • The people had great faith, were of one heart and soul, helped each other, embraced others needs and helped them to meet those needs.

ACTS 5:1-10

  • Ananias & Sapphira

    • They had deception in their hearts

    • They lied

    • They held back from God

ACTS 5:11-20

  • The apostles were imprisoned because of the fear of what happened with Ananias and Sapphira.

ACTS 6:8-7

  • Stephen was stoned because he spoke the word of God and there was fear among the people because of what he taught.

  • Stephen responded in faith and continued to speak God’s word among the people.

ACTS 8-9 - Fear and Faith Collide

  • Saul meets Jesus on the road to Damascus.

  • The invitation to catch a new vision was given to Saul.

    • Every opportunity is the chance to step out in faith or recoil in fear and do nothing or just stay comfortable.

    • Any act of disobedience is death to the vision God has given you; a vision of what might have been.

ACTS 10

  • God’s vision for Cornelius; a God-seeker

    • Cornelius was a centurion with power, standing, and influence.

    • Cornelius was a “devout man”; “feared God with his household”.

      • Cornelius had a feeling of conflict and a sense of fear regarding what he was to do,

        • He had a need

        • He called out to God

        • God heard Cornelius

        • Cornelius stepped through the fear

          • Fear is being overwhelmed with God and stepping out in faith and obedience.

      • The people had a fear of association because of who Cornelius was.

    • God’s vision for this “gospel seeker” was that He sent a “gospel speaker”.

ACTS 10:9

  • Peter

    • Peter had a fear of being made unclean by association.

      • Galatians 2:11

    • (v 20-21) Peter obeyed God and stepped out in faith and through the fear.

      • Romans 10 - Don’t let any fear of association or discomfort keep us from doing as God has asked us to do.

SO WHAT? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR US?

  • We are people desperately in need of a Savior.

  • There are people waiting and wanting to hear the gospel that we know and have.

  • We should go without misgivings or hesitation.

  • God is not one to show partiality.

  • Give them Jesus.

  • We should reflect the diversity of our field.

    • Genesis 22:18

    • Acts 3:25

    • Acts 10:34-35

    • Revelation 5:9