The Acts of The Apostles: The Going Meets Opposition

The Acts of The Apostles: The Going Meets Opposition

Acts 8:9-24

In Acts 8:9 we meet Simon the Sorcerer, a man used to subvert the salvation of the Samaritan people. Often times we will encounter those who interfere with or even counterfeit true spirituality causing distractions in ministry. How do we guard against this kind of work and more importantly, how do we guard our hearts from becoming subverters ourselves?

Read More

The Acts of the Apostles: Stephen's Message Pt. 3

The Acts of the Apostles:  Stephen's Message Pt. 3

Acts 7:14-60

In this study of Stephen's history lesson to the Jewish rulers, we have learned how Abraham had a relationship with God without a temple and we have seen how Joseph was rejected but God still used him to redeem his people and the whole world. In this study we learn about Moses: his heart & his identity. We also see the religious leaders exposed for who they truly are.

Read More

The Acts of the Apostles: Stephen's Message pt. 2

The Acts of the Apostles: Stephen's Message pt. 2

Acts 7:1-14

We have been studying the powerful message of Stephen preached in opposition to the religious rulers accusations against him. Last week we learned how Abraham followed by faith and by word, exposing the religious rulers inability to see God outside of the law and the temple. This week we learn about the life of Joseph, his rejection and the salvation that he brought to the world.

Read More

The Acts of the Apostles: Stephen's Message pt. 1

The Acts of the Apostles: Stephen's Message pt. 1

Acts 6:8- 7:7

Last week we were introduced to Stephen, a deacon in the church and a man of great wisdom. His power was his great faith that invited the Holy Spirit to speak mightily through him. In this message we find the Jewish people stirred up against Stephen, making accusations against him. Here we see Stephen respond with great clarity and peace in the midst of temptation - - a testimony to us of who we ought to be as ministers of the gospel. 

Read More

The Acts of the Apostles: Unsafe

The Acts of the Apostles: Unsafe

Acts 5:12-25

We see in the lost world an obsession with safety, that is an aversion to difficulty, conflict, suffering and pain. This culture of safety-ism has impacted God's people producing complacent Christians, unwilling to take risks in faith. Acts 5 shows us a young church that was willing to put their "safety" on the line for the sake of God's glory.

Read More

The Acts of The Apostles: And Great Fear Came Upon All

The Acts of The Apostles: And Great Fear Came Upon All

Acts 4:33-5:11

Here we see the church growing in numbers but also growing in strength. So often in churches today physical growth results in accommodations and compromises that eventually dilute the mission. What can we learn from these early believers to help us through times of transition? We also find a testimony of giving:The Patron & The Impostors...what might we be holding back from God? Are we in danger of hypocrisy?

Read More

The Acts of the Apostles: The Prayer for Witness

The Acts of the Apostles: The Prayer for Witness

Acts 4:21-32

On the heals of oppression from the religious rulers the apostles return to their friends where a prayer meeting ensues. The early believers teach us great things from their prayer lives.  What value does corporate prayer have?  What should the content of our our prayers be when the church comes together? What do we pray in times of ministry crisis and oppression? 

Read More

The Acts of the Apostles: The Fearless Witness

The Acts of the Apostles: The Fearless Witness

Acts 4:1-23

There is so much fear and anxiety in our world today. So many Christians in our world are hindered in their witness because they are afraid of cultural rejection and retribution.   For the Christian, fear is the fabrication of lies that call us to question the authority of God. The apostles Peter and John teach us in Acts 4 how to be bold and face rejection with joy and confidence in Christ.

Read More

Jesus’ UX Fail

Jesus’ UX Fail

With over 5,000 people following him around the Sea of Galilee, Jesus had a unique opportunity to begin establishing his kingdom with incredible support. Where political leaders have one goal— striving to hit critical mass, we find Jesus in John 6 saying something so grotesque and offensive that everyone stops following him with the exception of his twelve disciples. In this sermon, we will look at why Jesus didn’t attempt to clarify his metaphors or stop his followers from leaving?

Read More