"Embrace the Weirdness" - Week One (Acts 5:12-42)

Do you ever feel like you just don’t fit in? I know that is an unfair question. If we are being honest, every one of us has to answer “yes.” At some point in our lives all of us feel like we don’t belong. By nature, we have a pretty strong desire to be part of the “group.” Who doesn’t want to be accepted? This in itself is not a problem, but it becomes a problem when our desire to fit in outweighs our desire to be obedient to God! 

Sometimes obedience to the Lord is pretty easy. Especially when He is calling us to do something we want to do, or something that won’t cost us much when it comes to relationships or social status. But other times obedience to the Lord means we are going to stand out in a way we might not want to. Sometimes, if we are truly obedient to God, we are going to end up looking REALLY WEIRD!

This week we begin a new sermon series where we will explore what scripture has to say about it. It’s time we stop worrying about fitting in and just “Embrace the Weirdness!”

Acts 5:27-29

“And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man's blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”

Acts 5:41-42

“Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.”

"The Final Word"

There is no single event in all of history that is more significant than Jesus having been raised from the dead. 

On good Friday, the savior of the world was crucified. He had been arrested the night before and crucified that morning. While He hung on the cross, at about the 6th hour, a darkness fell over the land… 
He was arrested under darkness, He died in darkness, and He was buried in darkness. 

From that Friday night until Sunday morning, the disciples could still feel the darkness as they feared this was surely the end. What would it mean for them now? Where would they go, and what would they do? They waited in stunned silence for something they had missed.

Then came Sunday morning…  HE IS RISEN!

Matthew 28:2-6
… an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay."