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Reboot: Dealing With Criticism!

Posted 9/29/2019

Sunday Morning Sermon Series from the Book of Acts, Pastor Lee Evans

Reboot: Dealing With Criticism!

Acts 10:34-48

Acts 11:1-18

1  The apostles and the brothers and sisters who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the Word of God. 2  When Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, 3  saying, "You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them." 4  Peter began to explain to them step by step: 5  "I was in the town of Joppa praying, and I saw, in a trance, an object that resembled a large sheet coming down, being lowered by its four corners from heaven, and it came to me. 6  When I looked closely and considered it, I saw the four-footed animals of the earth, the wild beasts, the reptiles, and the birds of the sky. 7  I also heard a voice telling me, 'Get up, Peter; kill and eat.' 8  "'No, Lord!' I said. 'For nothing impure or ritually unclean has ever entered my mouth.' 9  But a voice answered from heaven a second time, 'What God has made clean, you must not call impure.' 10  "Now this happened three times, and everything was drawn up again into heaven. 11  At that very moment, three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea arrived at the house where we were. 12  The Spirit told me to accompany them with no doubts at all. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we went into the man's house. 13  He reported to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, 'Send to Joppa, and call for Simon, who is also named Peter. 14  He will speak a message to you by which you and all your household will be saved.' 15  "As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came down on them, just as on us at the beginning. 16  I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' 17  If, then, God gave them the same gift that he also gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, how could I possibly hinder God?" 18  When they heard this they became silent. And they glorified God, saying, "So then, God has given repentance resulting in life even to the Gentiles."

 

 

Dealing With Criticism!

  • None of us LIKE to be criticized.
  • None of us are ABOVE receiving or giving criticism.
  • The word criticism or contention means “to stand against”; “to oppose”; “to divide”.
  • Religious critics often: 1) disguise their words as a “prayer request”. 2) Talk about the person, not to the person (Matt. 18:15). 3) Like to leverage their info to manipulate NOT Unite, Restore or Reconcile! 

Words of Wisdom

Death & life are in the power of the tongue, & those who love it will eat its fruit.
Prov. 18:21 CSB
  
The first to speak in court sounds right— until the cross-examination begins.
Proverbs 18:17 NLT

 

1. A Personal Criticism of Peter, v. 1-3

  • The Critics – Jewish Believers
    “…When Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him…” v. 2 
  • The Content – v. 3
    “…You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them."

2. A Clear Vision from God

  • The Explanation – v. 4-16
      His accusers had SOME information  but NOT all of the needed information
  • The Question – v. 17
     “…If, then, God gave them the same gift that he also gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, how could I possibly hinder God?" 

3. A Unified Response

  • Praising God – Acts 11:18
    “When they heard this they became silent. And they glorified God
  • A Powerful God –
    “And they glorified God, saying, So God has given repentance resulting in life even to the Gentiles.“

  OUR GOD IS MIGHTY TO SAVE!

 

Personal Application

  • How do YOU handle Criticism?
  • How would a grasp to God’s VISION for your life help you ?
  • Have you asked God what His Purpose is for you?
  • How will YOU help WLBC fulfill our mission?