Acts: Life In The Spirit
The Prevailing Purpose of God
Now, God does not take pleasure out of forcing someone to love Him, so He does give us a free will.
I. God’s Purpose Is Always Under Attack (8:1,3)
Whatever the reason, the heat was turned up in opposition to the purpose of God.
We have a nasty enemy who does not want anyone to receive Jesus or experience lasting peace.
II. God’s Purpose May Be Fulfilled Through Grief and Suffering (8:2,4-5)
Now, the ripples of Christ’s work were being felt not only throughout Israel, but in Samaria.
However, sometimes God may be saying, “I have a higher purpose for you than just making you feel good.”
III. God’s Purpose Includes Demonstrations of His Power (8:6-7)
When we share the love of Jesus with someone, we should be able to say with boldness that Jesus Christ wants to make them whole!
Sometimes people today never really hear the gospel, because they are so overwhelmed by their problems.
IV. God’s Purpose Brings Joy out of Sorrow (8:8)
Because Philip was willing to minister out of his grief and suffering, these Samaritans were able to see God turn their sorrow into joy.