Sunday School Material 3-16-14: Peter's Report

(Psalm 110:1-4; Acts 2:22-27, 29-32; 3/16/14)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophecy. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to trust God’s promises and live accordingly.

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Body:

Read Psalm 110:1-4

I. Victory Promised. There is a prophesy of One sitting on the right side of God. The Lord will provide victory over enemies. There is an eternal priesthood. The priesthood is after the order of Melchizedek.

Applications -

- Ultimate victory. Notice in vss. 1-4 of our Sunday School material that God provides the ultimate victory. Somehow and some way, God will take care of His own.

Anyone who has walked with God for any length of time knows that God doesn’t always show up when and how we want Him to show up. But He shows up on time with the right stuff.

Let’s live like we believe that God provides ultimate victory for His people. Such living should be noted for obedience and expectation.

- God the promise keeper. Notice in vs. 4 that God is a promise keeper. There are some people who make many promises but keep so few of them. But God is different. God is a promise keeper.

Let’s live like we trust the promises of God. Obedience and joy should be normal for us. God promises to bless obedience and punish disobedience. God calls us to obey His commandments to love Him and others, as we love ourselves.

Read Acts 2:22-27, 29-32

II. Victory Achieved. Peter talks to the crowd in our Sunday School material. He tries to help them understand that the Jesus that they helped crucify was the fulfillment of prophecy. Jesus is the one who sits on throne with eternal priesthood. The prophecy was about David’s line, not David himself.

Applications -

- Our fruit. Notice in vs. 22 that the tree is known is by the fruit that it bears. Jesus was accredited by way of what He did, not just what He said.

As believers, the world should see what we do, not just hear what we say. They should see us loving God and others, as we love ourselves. They should see us helping the less fortunate.

They should see us wrestle through our problems with great confidence in God. Let’s bear the fruit of Christianity.

- Good days and bad. Notice in vs. 23 God has a plan that includes some bad and good days. We should not think that we can pray, study, and obey God so much that we will not have some hills to climbs, troubles to endure, and difficult people to interact with.

Let’s live like we trust God to see us through our bad days. When we complain and grow discouraged on bad days like those who are not saved, we embarrass the God of our salvation.

- Rejoicing. Notice in vss. 26-27 of our Sunday School material the idea that reflecting on the Lord’s goodness should lead to rejoicing. There are too many who are too quiet and still in our corporate worship experiences.

The goodness of God should make the redeemed of the Lord say so. Believers should make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Let’s work on worshipping God like we are appreciative of how good He has been to us. 

- Our death affairs. Notice in vs. 27 that humans have a date with death, no matter how close we are to the Lord. This fact should move us to make sure we have our death affairs in order.

A will, living wills, and gifts to the church should be on our lists. But the most important thing for us should be to make sure we have accepted Jesus as our savior by faith. Let’s make sure we have our death affairs in order.

- Jesus the ultimate fulfillment. Notice in vss. 29-32 that Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of the prophecies. There are a number of things that Jews, Muslims, and Christians may agree on and work together on.

However, a great intersection that causes us to go separate ways is the identity and role of Jesus. For believers, Jesus is the promised Messiah, King, and Leader. He is more than another prophet or just a religious martyr who died for a noble cause. Let’s live like Jesus is savior and lord in our lives.

It is one thing to argue with other religions about the identity of Jesus, but the greatest evidence of our faith is not our words and arguments but our transformed and obedient lives.

It is hard to convince others that Jesus is Lord of our lives and then we rob Him of our tithes and offerings.

Conclusion: Let’s work on trusting God’s promises and living accordingly. God has much for those who obey His will.

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