Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents

Acts 13-

JUSTIFIED BY FAITH - PAUL'S FIRST SERMON

Apr 4, 1965 am

THE SERMON THAT GOT STEPHEN STONED ALSO GOT PAUL EXPELLED FROM THE SYNAGOGUE

  • The first recorded sermon by Paul was much like Stephen's message- but more refined.
  • Paul laid his foundation well, and presented salvation by faith to all who feared God.
  • But the message was rejected, and he turned to the Gentiles (13:46).  Have you received this?

THE SETTING 

PAUL'S FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY

  • Paul and Barnabas ordained (13:2)
  • John Mark came along but left after the first trial - (13:13)
  • Paul carried the Gospel on foot into the continent of Asia Minor-

PAUL'S REGULAR WORSHIP HABITS

  • On the Sabbath, they found their way into the Synagogue - Antioch in Pisidia
  • As guests they were greeted at the door, gave their credentials and entered.
  • They entered, and sat down - to participate in worship-

PAUL'S INVITATION TO SPEAK

  • They were noted as strangers, and as men of stature
  • The Synagogues had open invitations for guests to speak - would we dare?  I trust you - do you?
  • The invitation was -  If you have any word of exhortation - say on!

THE MESSAGE

PAUL ESTABLISHED A FOUNDATION OF UNDERSTANDING V.16-

  • Survey of Hebrew History
  • Established a foundation of agreement
  • Reminded them of their forefathers, and prophets

PAUL PRESENTED JESUS TO THEM - V.23 -

  • God raised to Israel Jesus - 23
  • Foretold by John - 24-5 - prophets
  • To anyone who feareth God- To you is this word of Salvation sent - v.26

THE CALL FOR JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH - V.27

  • The resurrection is offered as proof
  • Declaration of Forgiveness of sin - 38 through this man
  • Method of salvation - belief - justification, you cannot be justified by the law of Moses
  • Warning - reverse psychology - v. 40,41

THE APPLICATION

BECAUSE THIS MESSAGE WAS REJECTED, WE HAVE IT TODAY!

  • The Jews rejected the message, so Paul turned to the Gentiles (13:46)
  • Prophecy tells us that the church age will fail, and God will again turn to the Jews
  • If we miss the message - history will repeat itself again.

THE PURPOSE OF THE LAW, A SCHOOLMASTER TO BRING US TO CHRIST

  • We do not have the law done away with - we are not free from its warning, or its purpose
  • We live in a lawless age - and we are going to pay a terrible price for it.
  • The law of Moses- do this or die, in Christ we have forgiveness when we fail, Moses' law still stands

THE PURPOSE OF THE GOSPEL - FORGIVENESS AND SALVATION - AND NEW LIFE

  • When man realizes that he is not God, then he is ready to become God's Son.
  • The person that believes in Jesus as Christ is Justified - forgiven - saved - redeemed-
  • This person then obeys a height law- not to escape death - but because of love.

WILL YOU HEAR THIS MESSAGE, BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, AND OBEY A HIGHER LAW OF LOVE?

  • Many of you will believe only part of God's message to you today - like the Jews then!
  • If you do believe - you are ordained to eternal life - v.48
  • Will you believe?

• Invitation