Contributed on May 24, 2021
A unanimous apostolic plan that went awry, Jewish rumors, gentile riots, and an apostle getting a ride on Roman soldiers. The purpose of the Christian life is not to avoid problems; indeed, God can sometimes use our problems to further His plans.
A Good Plan That Went Awry – Or Did It? (Acts 21:17-40) 1. The invention of Post-it notes is interesting. What seemed like a failure was turned to a great success: In 1968, scientist Spencer Silver at the 3M company created a very weak adhesive that would peel off when removed from any surface. ...read more
Contributed on Jun 1, 2021
Sometimes lost people reject the Gospel because they do not understand, sometimes because they do. We must be faithful and recognize the results are in God’s hands, not ours.
A Tectonic Collision: Truth Confronts Hatred (Acts 22:1-29) 1. We have had our embarrassing social situations. 2. One woman writes, “This is my favorite story… and it’s a true one. I’ve made my mother tell this story so many times she’s got to be sick of it. “My mom, Rhonda Willeford, has a ...read more
Contributed on Jun 7, 2021
Paul used personal ingenuity and shrewd strategy to accomplish God’s ultimate will. We, too, can better serve God if we embrace the unlikely combination of being innocent but yet shrewd.
The Long Road Rome (Acts 23:1-35) 1. Over the next few chapters, we are going to meet some interesting characters. 2. Today, we will be introduced to Felix (show photo 1). 3. In a few weeks, we will meet Festus (show photo 2). 4. Last of all, we will meet Agrippa (show photo 3). 5. Paul was in ...read more
Contributed on Jun 21, 2021
What is often passed off as indecisiveness or propriety or procrastination is a dishonest attempt to keep from honoring what is right and fair. We can see Felix’s motives as an example. We can also see how God can use such red tape.
Dodging Decisions (Acts 24:1-27) 1. So today we honor our graduates, and we honor our fathers. 2. I will honor our graduates with a joke: Why did Mary want to work at a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet even though she'd received her B.A. degree? Because it had been on her bucket list for a long ...read more
Contributed on Jun 28, 2021
God’s providence can take us down winding paths, paths that involve dealing with insidious people, yet still accomplishing His will.
The Insidious and the Godly (Acts 25:1-26:32) 1. Have you ever gotten a call from someone claiming to be from windows? Or how about a call saying it was the IRS and you faced going to jail if you didn’t make a payment? These scams, along with Ponzi schemes and other cons, can be described as ...read more
Contributed on Jul 6, 2021
When God gets a hold on us and we are serious about growing in the Lord, we have the potential to make a good impression for the Kingdom of God. We can bloom where we are planted.
The Amazing Prisoner (Acts 27:1-28:31) [Note: When I preached this sermon, after reading Ben Witherington's commentary on Acts, I filled in a number of details, particularly why ships were sailing at a somewhat dangerous time of year. Adding these details, I only got through the first point ...read more