31. I’m the One

Reading Plan

If you’re looking to dive deeper into what the Bible says about this topic, here’s a suggested Reading Plan, one passage per day for a whole week, based on the sermon:

  1. MONDAY: Genesis 22:1-18 – “Here I am!”
  2. TUESDAY: Exodus 3 – “Here I am!”
  3. WEDNESDAY: 1 Samuel 3 – “Here I am!”
  4. THURSDAY: Psalm 40 – “Here I am!”
  5. FRIDAY: Isaiah 6:1-8 – “Here I am!”
  6. SATURDAY: Hebrews 10:1-18 – “Here I am!”
  7. SUNDAY: Revelation 3:14-22 – “Here I am!”

eGroup Discussion Questions – Great for personal reflection/journaling, too!

Sermon Notes: “I’m the One” ⤵️


Preacher: Steven Furtick
Passage: Acts 10:21
Title: I’m the One
Series: Available
Date: December 8, 2019

Sermon Notes are taken during the 9:30 Experience at the Columbia Campus.

Quick Summary

  • God aligns opportunity with obedience. We see this with Peter and Cornelius in Acts 10.
  • Many times God will give you directions without giving you the details. He’ll give you the what but not the why.
  • In order to find out the why, you have to follow the directions! You find out the why in reverse.
  • It’s not about you. It’s about what God wants to do through you. God used Peter and Cornelius to introduce the Gospel to the Gentiles.

Introduction

  • The Power of One: It’s worth it even if just one person comes to know Jesus. Even though we built this building for thousands to know Jesus, Jesus is about the one.
  • Peter – Jesus’ disciple
    • First to declare Jesus’ lordship [Matthew 16:16]
    • First to deny Jesus [Matthew 26:69-75]
    • By Acts 10, Peter has learned the value of obedience. Have you?
      • God aligns opportunity with obedience.
      • Peter learned obedience the hard way. [Through denying him, weeping bitterly, then having Jesus reinstate him after the resurrection]
      • In Acts 10, Peter knew it was God but didn’t know the details.
      • Obedience is letting God set the direction even if he doesn’t give you the details.
    • Sometimes we trust more in a GPS than in our father in Heaven.
  • Cornelius – Roman centurion
    • Leader of the Italian Regiment
    • He and his whole family were called “God-fearers” — He wasn’t a Jew by blood but he honored him: [Acts 10:2]
      • He “gave generously to those in need”
      • He “prayed to God regularly
  • Breaking down barriers:
    • Cornelius lived in Caesarea, a city that represented Roman oppression and racism against Jews.
    • God uses Peter and Cornelius to break down barriers.
  • When God shows up and asks you to do something, it’ll be so big you’ll be praying a prayer of acid reflux and indigestion.

A. Cornelius’ Obedience: Doing What God Says Even if You Don’t Know Why

1 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. 3 One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” 4 Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. 5 Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. 6 He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.” 7 When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. 8 He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.
Acts 10:1-8, NIV

  • All Cornelius knew about God’s plan was verses 5 and 6. He knew what but he didn’t know why.
  • The only way you find out why is to respond. You understand in reverse why God told you to do what he told you to do.
  • God doesn’t give reasons to people who don’t respond.
  • What you do with what God says sets direction for your life.

Up to this point, the gospel had only been for people in the Jewish community. Opportunity + Obedience.

B. Peter’s Obedience: Doing What God Says Even When You Think You Know Better

9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” 14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” 16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven. 17 While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate. 18 They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there. 19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you. 20 So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.” 21 Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?” 22 The men replied, “We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.” 23 Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests.

  • “Surely not, Lord!” (10:14)
    • How do you say “No” and call him Lord?
  • “The voice spoke to him a second time” (10:14)
    • God is giving him a second chance. Aren’t you glad God has given you a second chance?
  • “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” (10:15)
    • Stop thinking you know better than God.
    • God is telling Peter:
      • “I’m a barrier breaker.”
      • “I want to bless the whole earth through you.”
  • “I’m the one” (10:21)
    • Know that you’re chosen.
  • The offering isn’t about the money.
    • It’s about your heart.
    • It’s about what God wants to do through you.
    • When you find the why, the where, who, when etc is no problem.

C. Examples of Obedience at Elevation

  1. Moving Charlotte to attend Elevation and working through a struggling marriage. (Celebrating 20 years of marriage now.)
  2. Trusting God through infertility. (Gave birth to a baby this past year.)
  3. Trusting God through the death of husband, sent son (“Little O,” who was taller than her) to YTHX where he came home with an orange Bible (which means he gave his life to Christ).
    • Pastor Steven notes that Elevation has given out over 100,000 orange Bibles.
  4. Woman from UK talks about giving to Elevation and being a part of their online ministry.
  5. A couple of longtime givers talk about learning to trust God with their finances.

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