After finishing a long 10-week series on the Disciples’ Prayer, last Sunday I decided to take a break from the Sermon on the Mount and preached Acts 3:1-10. I enjoy reading, studying, and preaching the book of Acts because the book is filled with actions and adventures. Although the title in our English Bible has it “The Acts of the Apostles,” it is more like “The Acts of God through the Apostles” in which the emphasis should be on God and what he did. I say this because if not careful, it is easy to put the spotlight on instruments rather than the One who sovereignly plays the instruments. Hence this book is filled with redemptive-actions of God in which ultimately, at the end of the day, points to the glory of God.
If you are not familiar with this particular narrative, you should. Although it is a simple story, it contains profound and powerful demonstration of how God is glorified through a local church. I’ve learned that this particular biblical narrative is not so much about the two apostles than the ultimate Apostle (with capital A), namely, our Lord Jesus Christ. As a matter of fact, the author of Hebrews said, “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession” (3:1).
Also, this story is not so much about the powerful healing than the powerful Healer. And finally, this story is not so much about people and power of the church than power and Possessor of the church. With that in mind, I see seven ways in which how God is glorified through his local church. Hence, I’ve titled the message “Seven Ways How God is Glorified in the Local Church.” And here’s my brief outline:
- God is glorified in the ministry of teamwork and plurality of leaders, not by pontification of one man.
- God is glorified when we pray faithfully and fervently.
- Continual and fervent prayer opens possible ministry opportunity, where God is glorified.
- God is glorified when we take action to the opportunity he opens instead of looking around for others to do.
- God is glorified by demonstrating that only he can do what others cannot do.
- God is glorified by the right method and the right message.
- God is glorified when you express your joy to God.
My notes are humbly available upon request if you want to see how I arrived at those propositions and/or visit our church’s website to hear this recorded message.