What accounts for the amazing success of The Da Vinci Code? There are no doubt many factors:
(1) For one thing, it is a great story. While few would call The Da Vinci Code great literature, it is certainly great entertainment, a gripping suspense novel
1 Corinthians 1:22-25
As we saw in our first session, The Da Vinci Code challenges almost every tenet of the Christian faith. It claims the Bible is not the inspired Word of God, but rather a collection of books which suited the political goals of the emperor Constantine and
The Da Vinci Code – first the book and now the movie – has made a huge cultural impact in the United States and around the world. Dan Brown’s mystery novel has not only met with massive popular success, but has shaken the faith of many with its astonishin
1 Peter 3:15-16
We are going to begin a study of the greatest revolution in human history.
•A revolution that began with a single man; and when that man died he had little more than a hundred followers.
•Yet the revolution he began has changed the world. It has chan
This morning we are going to look at the event which sparked the beginning of the Church, pouring out of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.
Throughout the book of Acts we see phenomenal growth. In 2:47: “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved";
•By chapter 4 the church has exploded to over 5000.
•And throughout Acts, the growth of the church is a common re
In Acts 3 we meet a man whose life is about to change.
•For over forty years his life has been the same (4:22).
•But now he is about to receive the greatest gift of his life.
When we meet Peter and John in Acts 4, they are in a situation that we would expect to produce fear. Fear is a rational response.
•They have been arrested and thrown in prison. Their very lives are threatened.
•Yet instead of fear, we see boldness a
We live in a society that is obsessed with self-fulfillment and self-centeredness.
•And Christians often share that obsession, buying into this “me first” attitude.
•Yet when we examine the book of Acts, we see in the Church a community characterized b
In Acts chapter 5 we meet a Church that is suddenly in the grip of fear.
•But this is not a fear provoked by being strapped to a tower 254 feet high..
•It is not fear brought about by some natural phenomenon like a hurricane or earthquake.
•It is not
The Church is thriving. Jesus’ disciples, the apostles are in great form. You might say pitching shutouts. And the Church is winning. Everything is going great.
•There is wonderful unity: Sharing all things in common.
•There is wonderful growth: We
When we pick up our study of the Early Church in Acts 6, it is thriving and growing. They are having unprecedented success.
•External persecution has only made the Church stronger.
•We learned at the end of chapter five that after being beaten for thei
Let’s see how it begins:
•Verse 8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.
•Stephen is obviously a multi-talented individual. He not only takes care of the widows, but he’s out there on
We’re going to look at a man named Philip
•Philip is what we might call a "minor character of Acts"
•We know great characters of Peter and Paul.
•When we meet Philip:
-Not a professional missionary; great evangelist; powerful preacher
-Just an o
In Acts 8 we meet just such a leader.
•A man with a following; a man who is viewed by those around him as powerful and dynamic and charismatic.
•Yet whose spirituality is just as phony as David Koresh or Marshall Applewhite.
Pentecost, Simon Magus