The Living God
A Sermon on Acts 4:23-24
The Believers Pray for Boldness
When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, (ESV)
What is one of the primary marks of a Christian? According to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, one of the surest signs of a true Christian is that true Christians pray to God. These are not prayers to some distant deity, or to some abstract philosophical ground of truth. But it is prayer to the one true God who rules the whole universe in power and might. This is the true God as revealed in the Bible and in Jesus Christ, his Son. This is the God of the Old Testament patriarchs and prophets, and he is the God of the church and the apostles. He is active in history to save and redeem his people. He is the God who sent his only begotten Son to die on a cross in order to make a great kingdom that cannot be shaken. And is this God who offers redemption and salvation to all who will repent and believe in his Son, and all those that do will be made anew in the new heavens and the new earth. We should not reject this great Gospel, but we must believe in God’s only begotten Son who has died on the cross so that sinners would have life eternal.