Wisdom and Encouragement Even within Riots

Our passage today is from Acts 19:21-41. The church’s sermon is titled “Wisdom and Encouragement Even within Riots” This is a summary of Pastor Robbie Symons sermon from Hope Bible Church in Oakville, Ontario. Here you can find a summary for last weekend’s message “Encouraged Toward Heart Change”. This week’s whole church service is available in the video below.

The HOLY SPIRIT Will Always Create RESOLVE within Us

Acts 19:21-23. There is a combination of wills, Paul’s will and the will of the Holy Spirit. God loves us so much to allow us to either pursue His will or reject it. He doesn’t make us into robots. When we submit our will to the Lord’s, that is when we get incredible blessings. It’s amazing to see Paul’s resolve on where to go and how he was lead by the Holy Spirit.

Jonathan Edwards had 70 resolutions. Here are 2 of them:

Resolved, to live with all my might while I do live.

Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.

Jonathan Edwards

We have two options today we can:

  1. Slouch in the couch today
  2. Know the thrill of God’s will.

The issue isn’t the pervasiveness of darkness but the lack of resolve of the church today.

The GOSPEL Will Always Create DISTURBANCE

Acts 19:23-27. Where the gospel goes, a disturbance occurs. Silver is a huge deal in Ephesus. The temple of Artemis is considered one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. It was the biggest building in the world at the time. Demetrius’ own idols were being exposed, namely money and wealth. It’s funny to think how this great and awesome goddess needs a silversmith to protect her honour.

The mighty unseen breath of the Spirit was doing in a month more than centuries of legislation could accomplish.

Welsh Revival 1904-1905

The gospel will always create a disturbance of evil, sin, idolatry, against worldiness, hatred, racism, and death.

The ENEMY Always Wants To Create RAGE, CONFUSION, and DEAFNESS

Acts 19:28-34. Behind this riot is Satan. He is trying to diffuse the gospel. The tactic of the enemy is rage. They were angered and enraged about their goddess. We think of the hate and sinful anger before pilate as they screamed to crucify Jesus. The second tactic of the enemy is confusion. Even half the people didn’t even know why they were there. The enemy uses lies to create confusion. A society confused is a society lost in wandering with aimless pursuits. This society has no compass to guide them as the purpose of their lives. Confusion and distraction is a weapon that the enemy uses today through endless checking of social media and regular media.

Where there is anger, confusion, and hostility there is deafness. This is also similar to the murder of Stephen. The mob at the time stopped their ears and rushed at him in rage. Here for two hours they continuously yelled. When people can’t hear the gospel, they can’t be saved. Faith comes from hearing.

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Romans 10:17

WE Must Always Pray for PEACE, TRUTH, and ORDER

Acts 19:35-41. Things finally settled down with the reasonableness of the town clerk. As a practical close to the message let’s take some time to pray the following:

May the:

  • Holy Spirit create resolve within us
  • Gospel create a holy disturbance with us
  • Tactics of the enemy be delivered from us
  • Peace and truth of Chrst be known among us
  • Encouragement of God prevail even within riots

May we get encouragement even within riots

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