Having a Zeal for God

Text: Acts 22:3

What Is Zeal?

  • “Eagerness & ardent interest in pursuit of something” (Merriam Webster)
  • If we are zealous for something — we will make it a priority, it will affect our actions, we will speak about it, we will hold fast our convictions

Zeal Alone is Not Enough

  • Zeal for God was one thing Paul had in common with the Jews (Acts 22:3)
  • Yet they were his enemies (Acts 21:27-32; 22:22)
  • Both were zealous for God, yet were on opposite sides of this conflict — Why?

Must Have Zeal According to Knowledge

  • The Jews’ zeal was not according to knowledge (Romans 10:1-4)
  • Example of Paul (Philippians 3:6) — zeal demonstrated in persecution of the church
  • Many today have a zeal for God that is not in accordance with knowledge

Being Zealous for the Things of God

  • Starts with knowledge (Ephesians 5:17)
  • Zeal for God’s house (John 2:17) — today this is the church (1 Timothy 3:15)
  • Zealous for good works (Titus 2:14)

If We Are Zealous for the Things of God…

  • We will make them a priority (Matthew 6:33; Colossians 3:2)
  • It will affect our actions (John 14:15)
  • We will speak about it (Jeremiah 20:9)
  • We will hold fast our convictions (2 Timothy 1:13)
  • God will be with us (1 Peter 3:13-14; 4:19)

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