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Repentance  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  36:34
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Me (My struggle, question or example)
Julie is my best friend and we share life together (Explain)
This is what is meant by a personal relationship with Jesus
There is a difference between knowing about Jesus and being with Jesus
We (Connection to a Felt need)
I bet you have that person in your life that you can tell them anything, complete trust, your best friend.
Our lives change dramatically when we have been with Jesus and not just know about Jesus. (Examples)
These things no longer have power in our lives:
· Despair
· Anxiety
· Depression
· Dishonestly
· Deceit
· Loneliness
· Hopelessness
Our Relationships are impacted and very different
· Friends
· Workplace
· Marriage
· Children
· School
· Strangers
God (Scripture)
Luke gave us a clear picture of what it is like after we have been with Jesus
Acts 4:1–13 ESV
And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand. On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.
The first thing we realize about being with Jesus is that we are not nearly as great as we thought; we realize that we are just “common people” saved by grace.
3 Characteristics of People Who Have Been with Jesus
They will annoy the religious elite
They are filled with the Holy Spirit
They are bold
You (Application)
I want to tell you a story that clearly illustrates the difference between knowing about Jesus and being with Jesus
Present the Gospel
· The fall of Adam and Eve in the garden created a need for a savior to restore our relationship with God
· Sin had entered creation and a blood sacrifice had to be offered
· God sent his son to die for our sins in our place to be that final sacrifice
· He died on the Cross and was buried for three days
· On the third day, God raised him from the dead, leaving our sin in the grave and overcoming both sin and death
· Verses 10-12 – There is no other name by which you must be saved
There is a difference between knowing about Jesus and being with Jesus
Knowing Jesus is knowledge but being with Jesus will change your life
Being with Jesus begins with trusting him alone for salvation and eternity
Being with Jesus begins by accepting as Lord and Savior
We (Inspiration)
How would your life be different after not just knowing about Jesus but being with him?
How would your family be different?
How would you impact those who you work with or come in contact with throughout your day?
Think about how different our community would be saturated by a group of people who had been with Jesus.
How amazing would a church full of people who had been with Jesus be?
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