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A. MVP… when we hear those three letters put together, they usually mean one thing to us.
1. Someone who has excelled in some sort of team sporting event.
2. How would you like to be an MVP?
3. It is possible.
4. More than possible, it is necessary!
5. Not for the success of some sports endeavor, but for the greatest endeavor of all…reaching this community for Christ.
6. We must have a determination to become an MVP.
7. MVP = Most Valuable Person.
B. We can all become MVP's if we will determine to do so.
1. It has to do with sharing the Most Valuable Product = the Word of God.
(John 6:35) And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
C. Some are convinced that God could never use them…that they could never become MVP's, but that simply isn't true!
1. In our text this morning we find some individuals who may not have known a lot of things…but they knew the important things!
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3. They are described as “ignorant and unlearned”.
4. Perhaps that was true from the world's perspective, but as far as the Lord was concerned they were MVP's.
5. They serve as examples for each of us this morning, and remind us that we can become MVP's for the Lord.
6. They were “ignorant and unlearned” but they knew the important things…
by Charles R. Swindoll
You can earn four Ph.D. degrees and never gain wisdom or understanding. You'll certainly not get a grasp of the fear of the Lord from higher learning. Even in the finest of universities, there's no course offered on the fear of the Lord. The source? God and God alone. By "fear of the Lord" I'm referring to an awesome respect for God accompanied by a personal hatred for sin. Now we can see why Solomon wrote, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding" (Proverbs ). -- Charles R. Swindoll
I. THEY KNEW THE SAVIOR.
A. They had been with Jesus.
1. This speaks of a relationship, not just a casual meeting.
2. They were men of varying backgrounds, but all that changed when they met Jesus.
3. That’s the way it works…when Jesus comes into our lives things change.
B. The world needs people who have been with Jesus.
1. Many know about science, but few know the Savior.
2. Many know about mathematics, but few know about the Master.
3. Many know about space, but few know about Grace.
4. Many know about politics, but few know about God's plan.
5. Many know about psychology, but few know the One who solves all problems.
6. The world needs people who have been with Jesus!
C. They knew the power of knowing Jesus Christ.
(Acts ) Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
1. They clearly understood the power of the name of Jesus…He changed them and they knew He could change others.
2. They couldn't offer the lame man any medical help…
3. They didn't have any money to give him…
4. But they gave him something far more valuable…
5. They shared the Savior with him.
6. Sometimes, people think they need this or that, but what they really need is to know Jesus!
Knowing God Personally
A. God made known His mighty acts to the people of
2. [Moses] wanted to know God and His plans for His people more than to see another mighty miracle.
3. No wonder the Lord conversed with him "as a man speaks to his friend" (Exodus 33:11).
B. Commenting on the difference between ways and acts, F. B. Meyer wrote,…
"Ways, or plans, are only made known to the inner circle of the saints; the ordinary congregation learns only His acts."
C. A talented [woman named] Jennifer learned this difference after spending several years in a wheelchair.
1. One day she tearfully prayed, "Lord, I could have done so much for You, if only I could have been healthy."
2. God's response was inaudible but clear: "Many people work for Me, but very few are willing to be My friend."
If you desire to know God personally more than you long to see His mighty
miracles, you'll be satisfied. – Joanie Yoder, Our Daily Bread,
II. THEY KNEW THE SCRIPTURES.
(Acts ) This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
A. The world in which we now live has more knowledge and understanding about things than ever before.
1. But they are no closer to God…
2. Our own
3. Most great
B. These men were not Old Testament scholars.
1. These were common laborers…fishermen.
2. But now they are quoting and accurately applying the Scripture.
(Psalms 118:22) The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
3. This is one of the reasons that the priests of the day were so amazed.
4. Their knowledge of the Scripture equipped them to serve.
5. The apostle Paul would later identify that Rock as Jesus Christ.
1. There was a
time when most Americans respected the Bible, and could quote it with
authority. In 1963, according to
2. There was a time when most Americans were familiar with biblical doctrine. You could say, "Believe in Jesus,” and at least they knew what you meant. But today most would be mystified.
3. Newsweek tells of a child who saw a crucifix and asked, "Mommy, what's that man doing"?
4. There was a
time when most Americans accepted absolute standards. They might disagree on
what those absolutes were, but they knew that some things are really right or
wrong. Today 70% reject moral absolutes.
-- Chuck Colson, Christianity
III. THEY KNEW SALVATION.
(Acts ) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
A. “Salvation” is an important word.
1. To Noah, the ark meant salvation while others perished.
3. To Jonah salvation came about through the belly of the whale.
4. The word simply means “deliverance”.
B. People are trapped by problems and perplexed with no answers.
1. They need deliverance…they need salvation.
2. They need Jesus Christ!
3. These “unlearned and ignorant” men knew the salvation of the Lord.
4. They were willing to tell others…even if it meant persecution!
C. The Lord has called us to be salt and light.
(Matthew 5:13-16) Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
1. As “salt” we are to be an influence in this world.
2. As “light” we are to dispel the darkness.
3. These men could tell people how to get rid of the problem of sin.
4. These men could tell people how to get to heaven.
5. As a result they were MVP's
6. MVP = Most Valuable Person.
It's Too Easy
A. I read about an instant cake mix that was a big flop.
1. The instructions said all you had to do was add water and bake.
2. The company couldn't understand why it didn't sell -- until their research discovered that the buying public felt uneasy about a mix that required only water.
3.People thought it was too easy.
4. So the company altered the formula and changed the recipe to call for adding water and an egg to the mix.
5. The idea worked, and sales jumped dramatically.
B. That story reminds me of how some people react to the plan of salvation.
1. To them it sounds too easy and simple to be true, even though the Bible says,…
"By grace you have been saved through faith, . . . it is the gift of God, not of works" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
2. They feel that there is something more they must do, something they must add to God's "recipe" for salvation.
3. They think they must perform good works to gain God's favor and earn eternal life.
4. But the Bible is clear -- we are saved "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy" (Titus 3:5).
C. Unlike the cake-mix manufacturer, God has not changed His "formula" to make salvation more marketable.
1. The gospel we proclaim must be free of works, even though it may sound too easy.
-- Richard De Haan,
Our Daily Bread,
I. Peter and John Knew the Savior.
II. Peter and John Knew the Scriptures.
THEY WERE GOD’S MVP’s
A. In much the same way, you and I can become MVP's as well.
B. Most Valuable People sharing the Most Valuable Product … salvation through Jesus Christ.
D. It may be that the need in your life this morning is to get to know Jesus personally.
1. You have never come to Him by faith and received this salvation.
2. Come today…do not delay.
E. Christian, are you an MVP?
1. Why not come this morning and re-commit your life to the Lord.
2. Determine that you will make a difference for all eternity.
F. Whatever the need, the invitation is for you to come to Jesus.
REFERENCES: References used in the Bible study are the King James Bible (KJV), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, selected illustrations, and other references.
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