May 1, 2016 Sermon Excerpt
So Peter preached to the people, He led them to Jesus and then Luke wrote: And with many other words he (Peter) bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation” (Acts 2:40). If you call yourself a Christian, have you changed? Does your life look different than this crooked generation?
If you have surrendered your life to Jesus, you cannot stay where you are, you cannot continue to in a life of unrepentant sin. The Christian is called to grow in holiness and in love for Jesus. Saving yourself from this “crooked generation” means that you are actively removing yourself from the sinful influences of the world.
Now, Peter is not telling them, nor is he telling us to go find a cave and hide in separating ourselves from everyone and everything. No, not at all, what he is saying is that as a Christian this “crooked generation” should not be shaping your heart and mind anymore. Is it with you? Is the “crooked generation” changing you or is Jesus changing you?
Let me ask that again, is the current generation changing you or is Jesus changing you? The current generation says sexual activity outside of marriage is fine… The current generation says drunkenness is acceptable… The current generation says you’re at the center of the universe… The current generation says you deserve the world…
Is the current generation changing you or is Jesus changing you? Listen, influences change you, your friends, what you watch, who you listen to, it all has an affect on you…
When I hang around my Italian-American family for awhile I start talking like my Italian-American family, my language begins to change, my mannerisms begin to change, you know what I mean?
Save yourself from this crooked generation… Run to Jesus, run, don’t walk. Listen to what Luke said in verse 41: So those who received his (Peter’s) word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. Amazing, literally in a moment the church went from 120 people to over 3,000. Changed…
Listen to how they were changed: And they (who is “they,” those that were saved) devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul… (Acts 2:42-43).
These 3,000 people were genuinely changed, this was not just an emotional or spiritual high, their conversion to Christianity involved a life-change.
All of us have changed over the last year, search your heart, has that change been for the good? Has that change brought you closer to the God? Or has it brought you closer to this “crooked generation?” Be honest.