Paul Preaches Jesus as ‘the Known God’
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20)
Come and Rest in My Presence Look with wonder upon Jesus, the Lamb of God! (John 1:36)
Declare, “This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.” (1 John 3:19-24)
Receive My Power Reading: Acts 17 ESV Audio Bible Follow Paul’s First Journey Map 18
Extract: Acts 17:10-12, 16-17, 24-30 TPT
“That night the believers sent Paul and Silas off to the city of Berea, where they once again went into the Jewish meeting house. They found that the Jews of Berea were of more noble character and much more open minded than those of Thessalonica. They were hungry to learn and eagerly received the word. Every day they opened the scrolls of Scripture to search and examine them, to verify that what Paul taught them was true. A large number of Jews became believers in Jesus, along with quite a few influential Greek women and men.
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was deeply troubled when he realized that the entire city was full of idols. He argued the claims of the gospel with the Jews in their meeting house, and with those who were worshipers of God, and every day he preached in the public square with whomever would listen. ‘To the Unknown God.’
‘I have come to introduce to you this God whom you worship without even knowing anything about him. ‘The true God is the Creator of all things. He is the owner and Lord of the heavenly realm and the earthly realm, and he doesn’t live in man-made temples. He supplies life and breath and all things to every living being. He doesn’t lack a thing that we mortals could supply for him, for he has all things and everything he needs. From one man, Adam, he made every man and woman and every race of humanity, and he spread us over all the earth. He sets the boundaries of people and nations, determining their appointed times in history. He has done this so that every person would long for God, feel their way to him, and find him—for he is the God who is easy to discover! It is through him that we live and function and have our identity; just as your own poets have said, “Our lineage comes from him. In the past God tolerated our ignorance of these things, but now the time of deception has passed away. He commands us all to repent and turn to God.’”
Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: What is God saying to you through this?
O: List the “idols” given value and time priority in Australian homes, public space and culture. Do you bow to “political correctness,” or what others say, rather than what Jesus says?
Be My Spirit-led Witnesses S: Share your story! How would you describe Jesus to someone who wants to know Him? Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you things about him that you love the most. ( See: Galatians 5:22-23.) You can post your written testimony and photo or a short video testimony on our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/prayforaustralia40days. If you are not on Facebook you can email your testimony and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some questions that could help remind you of what Jesus has done in and through you.
•Who is Jesus to you?
•How did you meet Jesus?
•How has your life changed because of Jesus?
•What would you like to tell your loved ones about Jesus?
Your Prayer List. As God leads, make contact with those who you are praying for. Note resource: Character First. Commend the young warriors for the traits you see in them.
Share your Faith by simply forwarding this www.yesheis.com daily video to others: He Knows Your Pain.
Be My House of Prayer Lord, I worship you as the True God, the Creator of all things, the One who longs to be known by us.
I pray for the ones who are eager to hear the Word. May they receive it and repent and turn to God and know Him, “from the least of them to the greatest.” (Hebrews 8:11)
Holy Spirit, come upon us and lead us in how we pray:
Pray for your prayer list, family and friends to receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Pray for Australia to receive Jesus as Lord and for His Church to be His House of Prayer.
Pray for a new generation of young prayer warriors and evangelists to arise in Jesus’ revival and transformation in our nation.
“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses..." (Acts 1:8)
Austin Cove Community Church are intentional in our prayer lives. We know there are so many different ways to communicate to God in prayer and we like to get creative.