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Weekly Sermon - 16 Sep 18                                 

The Church and the fear of God
(Acts 9:31)

Speaker: Rev Peter Tan
(52 minutes)
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Acts 9:31 "Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied."

Sermon Outline

.   Introduction

1.  The Relationship of the CHURCH

2.  The Return to Fear GOD

3.  The Results of the Fear of GOD

.   Conclusion

Martin Luther's Definition:Servile & Filial Fear

The servile fear is a "fear" that a prisoner in a torture chamber has for his tormentor, the jailer, or the executioner.

A dreadful anxiety in which someone is frightened by the clear and present danger that is represented by another person.

It's a "fear" of a slave who has a malicious master who would come with a whip to torment the slave.

Filial Fear

From a concept drawn from a Latin word of the family;

It refers to the "fear" that a child has for his father.

He has a respect and love for his parent and he dearly wants to please them.

He has a "fear" to offend the one he loves, not because he's afraid of torture or punishment, but rather because he's afraid of displeasing the one who is, in that child's world, the source of security and love.

1. The Relationship of the CHURCH

John 20:19 "Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you."

 Acts 1:4 "And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me."

Acts 1:8 "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

Acts 2:43 "And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles."

Some MSS and Versions, "GREAT fear and TREMBLING came upon every soul in JERUSALEM".

They were struck by the Apostles' doctrines and missions, and convicted of their own baseness and wickedness.

2. The Return to Fear God

Acts 4:8 "Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,"

Acts 4:13 "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus."

Proverbs 29:25 "The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe."

Acts 5:3 "But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?"

Acts 5:11 "And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things."

Ac 5:29 "Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men."

3. The Results of the Fear of GOD

Acts 9:31 "Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and "were edified..."

"Were edified" - A metaphor taken from a building i.e. The ground is marked out; ‘builded up,' i.e., confirmed and improved in faith and piety.

"Edification signifies, an increase in the light, life, and power of God...having the soul purified from all unrighteousness, and fitted, by increasing in holiness, to be a permanent residence for the ever-blessed God."

"...and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied."

"Were multiplied" No wonder that the Church of God increased, when such lights as these shone among men.

This is a short, but full and forcible description of the righteousness, purity, and happiness of the primitive Church.



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