First Baptist Church of Minneola
Achieving More for God
- Bible Trivia
- “Anything of value needs God-given resources.”EST - Stephen will describe the success of Moses.ESS - Message will convey what it takes for us to achieve more for God.OSS - To know what God wants and to take action.INTRO - We are continuing in our study of the book of Acts this morning.Once again we see God’s people at odds with religious leaders.The leaders had God’s Word and still continued to rebel against God.Our passage this morning is part of Stephen’s sermon presented to the Sanhedrin.Stephen offers information about Moses.Stephen tells of some of Moses’ achievements.TRANS - Let’s pick up our test and ask God to help us hear what He is saying through the timeless words given to us in the book of Acts.PRAYWhat does it say?And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.Moses was adopted by and raised by Pharaoh’s daughter.This text tells us a little about Moses who grew up in and was successful in Egypt.What does it mean?Literary Context - A daughter of the king, Pharaoh, brought Moses up as her son, in a style befitting a royal prince.Moses had the best education that the Egyptian court could give him.He distinguished himself with his words and by what he did.Historical Context - Paul is yet to be converted, Josephus and Nero are not yet born. And Jesus’ life and death still fresh on the minds of the people.Enters in, Stephen who we know accused the religious leaders as being rebellious as their ancestors and was stoned to death.TRANS - What do you hope to achieve without God?What does the Bible teach us about wealth, political power, buildings, learning, military victory, acts of courage?The Bible tells how God gives these things; nothing wrong with wanting them.The Bible also teaches us the limitation of human achievement.Pride, false security, and ultimate futility.The Bible tells us God can thwart human achievement.Remember Babylon?How about Jobs friends?The Bible is clear on this.God wants you to be successful.Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.That’s not blab it and grab it.“in the Lord” is the key.In the Lord, a person wants to do what God has planned for them from the beginning.For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.TRANS - Let’s see what this lesson from the book of Acts has to teach us about being the success God wants you to become.Moses has an itemized lineup of accomplishments.For about 40 years Moses lived in the royal palace.He excelled in his education and training which is why he achieved so much.He made the royal family proud, up until he defended the Jews.Moses’ Wisdom “instructed in all the wisdom”Moses did well in his studies; he stood out academically.The “wisdom of the Egyptians” is a figure of speech.It means that Moses was taught in the areas of:“philosophy, medicine, art, music, geometry, mathematics, etc.”Moses was a great student, but education did not take away his heart for the Israelites.POINT - Today many young persons go away to secular institutions and make bad choices.Many forsake their faith.Moses kept his faith.Moses’ Words “mighty in his words”The word “mighty” is sometimes translated “powerful.”We get an idea of how Luke used this word from other passages:for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.and:And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,Luke penned what Stephen said using the same word he used to describe Jesus.That speaks to how specially Moses is described in our verse.Moses was a good speaker; mighty powerful speaker.He spoke well, wrote well, and could write a good speech.Funny how years later Moses pleaded with God that he was not a good talker.Why is it people often boast of their abilities, but when God calls us to action we claim we don’t have what it takes?Moses’ Works “mighty in … deeds”Moses knew how to act.His words and deeds were great."Mighty” probably means he was a good military man and sportsman.Seems Moses was no ordinary fellow.Everything he did was done well.Moses has an incomplete list of accomplishments.Most people would feel a sense of satisfaction if they experienced the success of Moses.This morning we noted the areas of success Moses achieved.As great as Moses was, his areas of success didn’t prepare him to serve the Lord.Moses needed 40 more years to get him ready to serve the Lord.All of his learning in Egypt were not enough to prepare him to be the great emancipator of the Jews.The learning and great achievements didn’t account for the necessary spiritual training required in order to serve God.A perfect student, a gifted athlete, great in business, etc., nothing worldly qualifies a person to serve the Lord.Just like Moses, you need to be trained in spiritual matters.The world does not value this training, but you can’t serve God without it.What is God asking from me?In what ways are you are successful?How are you successful in life?In what way are you a success in ministry?The Bible helps God’s children frame these questions:God accomplishes his plans:The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intents of his heart. In the latter days you will understand it clearly.We achieve more with God’s help:Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.We achieve more things by faith:And Jesus said to him, “ ‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”We achieve more when we pray:Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.We achieve more through trials:Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,We achieve more together:And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.Now that you know what God says to do, and have the Bibles instructions to help you identify success, you can accomplish more for God.Let’s confirm this now with our Father in heaven.Every head bow.(end)
- The Old Rugged Cross
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