The Kind of Men Christ Needs
Title The Kind of Men Christ Needs
Text Acts 4:13-20
Introduction Dr. A.C. Archibald reminds us in first-century Christianity, the burden was
upon the man in the pew, but when perversion came the emphasis was
transferred to “the man at the alter.” A professional ministry is necessary,
but it is not sufficient. The great need of the church today is laymen
committed to Him. What kind of men does Christ need?
I Christ needs ordinary men. These were “ignorant” and “unlearned” (vs. 13),
i.e., untrained, nonprofessionals. Harry Emerson Fosdick said, “Democracy
is based on the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in
ordinary people.” So is Christianity.
II Christ needs obedient men. When threatened they said, “We cannot but
speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (vs. 20) The secret to John
Knox’s life was: “He feared God so much that he never feared the face of
any man.” H. G. Wells said, “The trouble with so many people is that the
voice of their neighbor sounds louder in their ears than the voice of God.”
III Christ needs optimistic men. They were convinced of the sovereignty of God
Conclusion James S. Stewart said, “The supreme need of the church is the same in the
twentieth century as in the first: it is men on fire for Christ.” Will you be one?
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