A.D.--STAND FIRM

Wow!  The video below is a powerful service from start to finish! Powerful worship, corporate prayer, personal prayer, and a message about standing firm in the face of opposition!

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A.D.--In the Year of Our Lord:  STAND FIRM

Acts 4:18-20  18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, ‘Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.’”

BIG IDEA:  You will always be opposed when you try to follow Christ, but the Holy Spirit will help you STAND FIRM.

COURAGEOUS
The Holy Spirit gives courage in the face of opposition.

Acts 4:8-12  Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: ‘Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected which has become the cornerstone.’  12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
1 Corinthians 16:13  Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”

OBEDIENCE IN SPITE OF OPPOSITION
Standing firm in your faith results in certain blessings.

Acts 4:18-20  18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, ‘Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.’” 
Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

INSPIRATIONAL FAITH
Standing firm in obedience and faith moves the hearts of people.

Acts 4:4 “But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.”  
Acts 4:13  When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

BOLD
The Holy Spirit will make Jesus to shine through the life of person who is standing firm.

Acts 4:31 “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”


UNITED WE STAND
The Holy Spirit fills and blesses the church that stands firm.

Acts 4:32-37  32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.”
John 16:33  33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


ACTION:  Keep standing firm and receive fresh strength from the Holy Spirit today!



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