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Sermon Outline - The Joy of the Convert, Acts ch.3 vv.1-11

Date25/01/2004
Time11:00
PreacherRev. Maurice Roberts, Inverness
Sermon TitleThe Joy of the Convert
TextActs ch.3 vv.1-11
Sermon ID757

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Introduction

  1. Our general theme: faith
  2. Here we see how faith transforms
  3. And how it brings joy into our life
  1. WE SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHURCH & WORLD

    See the contrast between chapter 2 and chapter 3 = the church v. the outside world:

    1. The church:

      1. preaching and its effects (v.36-37)
      2. the Christian view of the world (v.40)
      3. the sense of fellowship (v.42)
      4. the spirit of charity (v.44: "common")
      APPLICATION: These things ought to be true of us all.
    2. The World outside:

      1. sad human problems: v.2
      2. misery and poverty: v. 2
      3. loneliness and helplessness: v.2
      APPLICATION: People despise the church - but when in trouble they expect the church to help.
      ILLUSTRATION: My father when ill.
      DOCTRINE: NO LASTING JOY OUT OF CHRIST.
  2. WE SEE WHAT JOY CHRIST BRINGS TO SINNERS

    1. The people of this world are always in need of help - this man is typical.
      APPLICATION: Be charitable - set aside what you can afford to give to the wretched.
    2. The church has something to give that people never imagined: v.4-6
      1. The world only looks for money.
      2. We have better things = the Gospel
      3. Explain: Are there miracles today?
    3. Look what joy Christ brings: v.7-8
      1. This man's life is transformed
      2. See his gratitude to God
      3. See his attachment to the preachers!
      DOCTRINE: CHRIST ALONE CAN GIVE SUCH JOY AS THIS.
    4. Examples:
      1. The woman at the well (John 4)
      2. Legion (Mark 5)
      3. Modern Examples also
      APPLICATION: No joy like sins forgiven / the love of a Saviour / hope of heaven.
  3. WE SEE WHAT A SENSATION GOD'S POWER CAN BRING INTO SOCIETY

    1. I show you now how this event affected many others: v.9-11
      APPLICATION: Our conversation can turn a situation around:
      exx: Whitefield / CHS / T. Chalmers
    2. They were all affected: What an act of God! What a proof of God! What a sign of mercy!
      APPLICATION: This is how our sleepy society will be one day awakened. Why not pray for a remarkable conversion?
    3. It made way for (i) preaching (ii) blessing - see 4:4 (5,000).

CONCLUSION

The story of a woman in Ayrshire who was converted.
Dunkie Donaldson


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