Contributed on Oct 12, 2010
Reaching a changing world for Christ has always required the church to be innovative, Paul’s trip to Athens is an illustration of this truth.
In a world where there is so much diversity it is important to be able to change, to come up with innovative solutions to the problems and challenges that we face. In the second half of Acts chapter 17 that is where we find the Apostle Paul. You’ll remember that the first part of his ministry was ...read more
Contributed on Oct 21, 2010
When God wants to change a community He is more concerned about whether the hearts of His people are ready to be used then with those who don’t know Him yet.
God’s voice do we really believe He can speak to us and that we can hear Him? It’s funny because people talk about hearing from God all the time, but do we really expect to hear from Him, audibly? Today we are going to look at a passage where the Luke says that the Apostle Paul had a vision where ...read more
Contributed on Oct 25, 2010
The difference between miracles and magic is revealed to the seven sons of Sceva and all of Ephesus.
I’ve been asking a question, leading up to this sermon for the past few months, it’s simply this, do you believe in the supernatural. It seems like a strange question to ask of Christians after all we pray to a God we can’t see, we believe in life after death, we believe in ...read more
Contributed on Nov 8, 2010
Peoples motives are revealed through their actions as demonstrated in the riot at Ephesus.
What are the things that motivate you? What are the things that motivate the people around you? Motives are one of the most powerful things on earth, they can change the way that we view other people and impact the way that we see their actions. Today’s passage is one that has a lot of ...read more
Contributed on Nov 16, 2010
Paul's farewell speech to the church at Ephesus presents a picture of what Christian leadership should look like.
Walking through a supermarket, a young man noticed an old lady following him around. He ignored her for a while, but when he got to the checkout line, she got in front of him. "Pardon me," she said. "I'm sorry if I've been staring, but you look just like me son who died recently. "I'm sorry for ...read more
Contributed on Dec 1, 2010
In Paul's trip to Jerusalem we see that when God sends you a hardship He also prepares you to go through it.
(The open illustration was taken from Sermon Centrals Illustrations database) Tony Campolo tells about the time he was asked to speak at a Pentecostal college. Before the service, eight men had him kneel so they could place their hands on his head and pray. Tony was glad to have the prayer, but ...read more
Contributed on Apr 5, 2011
When God says "no" it's because He wants what's best for us.
Two weeks ago we looked at the story of Jonathan and his armor bearer charging the Philistines. It was one of those times in scripture when God said not just yes but maybe. Why did God say maybe? Because he wanted Jonathan to pick a direction and go. God was waiting for someone to choose to ...read more
Contributed on Apr 5, 2011
Jesus has always been about doing the supernatural.
In America we love our heros, the people that we look up to. Many people dream of being a super hero when we are children, I know I did, and I had the bruises to prove it. But being a hero is hard. Batman and Robin are camping in the desert, set up their tent and are asleep. Some hours later, ...read more
Contributed on Jun 13, 2011
Paul presents not just a defense but a clear testimony of the Gospel to Felix, who fell conviction but falls prey to procrastination.
Today we are continuing through our series through the book of Acts. A few weeks ago we looked at the story of Paul returning to Jerusalem. This was a goal of his life, he wanted to go there to share the gospel with his people. But when he got there he was mis-judged, falsely accused and ...read more
Contributed on Jul 25, 2011
As Paul goes through the storm in Acts 27 he is an example of who to go through the storm properly and how to be a blessing to others during the storm.
Illustration: Test pilots have a litmus test for evaluating problems. When something goes wrong, they ask, "Is this thing still flying?" If the answer is yes, then there’s no immediate danger, no need to overreact. When Apollo 12 took off, the spacecraft was hit by lightning. The entire ...read more