Turning the World Upside Down

Acts 17:6

Read: Acts 17:1-9

Over the last couple of Sunday evenings, I have been bringing messages of challenge to us as a local church. First, we looked at what could kill a church and saw that persecution, false doctrine, and indifference can kill a local church. Then last week we talked about the importance of being faithful in attendance to our local church. Now tonight I want us to consider a challenge as to what we are to be doing in the world in which we live.

Note v6 again. The charge against this first century local church was that they had 'turned the world upside down'. What a testimony to the power and influence of this local church. They went out with a Gospel message that was based solely on the Scriptures and empowered by the Spirit of God. The result? They saw people saved, lives changed, and all felt the impact of their ministry. They 'had turned the world upside down'.

Now that is an interesting phrase. It speaks of shaking things up. They didn't do it with protest marches or boycotts; they did it through the faithful proclamation of the Gospel! We owe a debt to the early church. They evangelized their world; they took the Great Commission seriously; and because they were faithful, we have the message of the Truth today. What did those early Christians have that we need?

I. They Were on Fire for Christ (Acts 2:3)

II. They Found True Fellowship in Christ (Acts 2:41-46)

III. They Were Fully Surrendered to Christ (Acts 4:18-20)