God's Work of ReconciliationBy Rev. John Cortright on 06/11/2017
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
All things are from God! God reconciled us to Himself. God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself. We now have this ministry of reconciliation. But God is the one reconciling the world to Himself. He initiated this ministry. Our job is to join in His work.
John 5:17, 19-20
Whatever Jesus saw the Father doing, he also did. The Father showed him what He was doing.
As the Father showed His Son what He was doing, now His disciples, by way of the spirit of truth, will be shown.
God is at work in us today to do His will through us.
Eph 3:7, 20; Phil 2:13; Col 1:29; Heb 13:20-21
The book of Acts shows God working in the lives of His disciples through Jesus Christ by way of the holy spirit. God was the one reconciling people to Himself.
- Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch--Acts 8:26-35
Who told Philip to go to Gaza? __________________________.
What directed him to join in? ___________________________.
- Saul and Ananias--Acts 9:1-19
Whose voice did Paul hear? __________________.
Who told Ananias to go to the house of Judas? _____________________.
- Peter and the house of Cornelius--Acts 10:1-34
Why did the Cornelius dispatch men to Joppa to seek Simon Peter? _______________________.
Why was Peter willing to go with these Gentile men? __________________________________.
- The call of God in the church at Antioch--Acts 13:1-4; Acts 14:26-27
Who/what caused Paul and Barnabas to leave on this journey? __________________________.
To whom did Paul give credit for the work that had been done? ________________.
- The Macedonian call--Acts 16:6-15
Who/what forbid them to speak the word in Asia? _________________________.
Who/what did not permit them to go into Bithynia? _______________________.
What caused Paul and crew to go to Macedonia? _________________________.
Who did they conclude called them to preach there? ______________________.
Why did they go to the river side on the Sabbath day? _____________________.
God directed the ministry of reconciliation. God used various methods to reach people, but He brought about the reconciliation, drawing people to Him, as the disciples joined in His work.
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