Contributed on Jan 23, 2002
This sermon explains why Chirst is uniquely qualified to be the Son of God and how we should be leading people to Christ the way Peter did on the Day of Pentecost.
Christ’s Credentials Acts 2:22-39 January 27, 2002 Intro: A. [Resume Stoppers, Citation: Dave Wilkinson, Leadership, Vol. 12, no. 1.] In Leadership magazine, Dave Wilkinson write the following to pastors… Have you ever wondered why your pastoral resume doesn’t evoke more enthusiasm? Do ...read more
Contributed on Feb 8, 2002
This sermon explains that if we want to experience the abundant blessings that the first church received, we must devote ourselves to the same things they devoted themselves to.
The Devoted Became the Devotees Acts 2:42-27 February 3, 2002 Intro: A. [Church Growth, Church Depth, Citation: Vance Havner in On This Rock I Stand. Christianity Today, Vol. 30, no. 13.] I heard of a preacher the other day who was asked, "What’s the size of your pastorate?" he said, ...read more
Contributed on Feb 8, 2002
This sermon demonstrates the importance of praising with passion!
Unlovely to Beautiful Acts 3:1-10 February 10, 2002 Intro: A. [Not Ready for Aging] In the cartoon For Better or Worse, a mother is looking into the mirror and carrying on a conversation with herself. She says, "My face is changing. It’s not the same—definitely not the same—different. ...read more
Contributed on Feb 22, 2002
This sermon "plows close to the corn" on all of us and deeply questions whether we are simply religious or are true believers.
Religious or Believer? Acts 4:1-22 February 24, 2002 Intro: A. Some of you may have gotten this from Suzi Moore this week… We always hear "the rules" from the feminine side. Now you get to hear the guys’ point of view. These are our rules! Please note...these are all numbered "1" ON ...read more
Contributed on Mar 2, 2002
This sermon contrasts what the first church did and what the modern church did when thier governments told them not to speak at all in the name of Jesus. It also demonstrates what we need to do now.
How It Should Be Acts 4:23-31 March 3, 2002 Intro: A. I clipped this article out of The Banner-Graphic [Greencastle, IN] in August of 1999, and saved it just for this sermon today…[This really is a true story!] Gator halts couple’s midnight dip KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP)—A woman was nearly ...read more
Contributed on Mar 8, 2002
This sermon notes the kind of commitment that the early church had and the kind of commiment it takes to build a church today.
We Need to Talk! Acts 4:32-5:11; Matthew 6:19-24 March 10, 2002 Intro: A. [Isn’t it Strange?, unknown author, submitted by Jerry Pearcy] Isn’t it strange how a 20 dollar bill seems like such a large amount when you donate it to church, but such a small amount when you go shopping? Isn’t ...read more
Contributed on Mar 15, 2002
This sermon takes one of the summary paragraphs in Acts and likens them to photos in a photo album of the early church and describes what the church today should learn from these photos.
Photos Acts 5:12-16 March 17, 2002 Intro: A. [Confusing Signs, Citation: Doug Lansky, signspotting.com; submitted by Lee Eclov] Doug Lansky has been a travel writer and photographer for many years. In the course of his travels he has collected photos of odd signs from around the world. ...read more
Contributed on Mar 22, 2002
This sermon encourages believers to go deeper in their relationship with God and really allow Jesus to be the King of our life.
Providence Acts 5:17-42 March 24, 2002 Palm Sunday Intro: A. [Scripture Reading] John 12:12-15, The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna! " "Blessed is he ...read more
Contributed on Apr 11, 2002
This sermon illustrates how we can have peace even in the midst of difficult circumstances when when we let go of everything else and simply seek God.
The Face of an Angel Acts 6:8-15 April 14, 2002 Intro: A. [Change, 1000 Windows, Robert C. Shannon, Standard Publish Company, Cincinnati, OH, 1997, p. 20] Gaston Bachelard wrote, "If one were to give an account of all the doors one has closed and opened, of all the doors he would like to ...read more
Contributed on Apr 18, 2002
This sermon encourages us to let go of human tradtions and seek God only--just as Stephen said to the religious leaders.
Stephen’s Sermon Acts 7 April 21, 2001 Intro: A. [Seeing Yourself in a Sermon, Citation: From a cartoon by Lee Johnson, The Best Cartoons from Leadership Journal, Volume 1 (Broadman & Holman, 1999)] Following the Sunday morning service, the pastor stood at the back of the church, shaking ...read more
Contributed on Apr 25, 2002
This sermon describes the predictable attacks of Satan when the Spirit moves in a church or a person’s life and how we should respond to those attacks.
When The Spirit Moves Acts 8:1-8 April 28, 2002 Intro: A. [illustration: From the sermon, "Spreading Power through Persecution" by John Piper, senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota] On January 9, 1985, a Congregational pastor in Bulgaria named Christo ...read more
Contributed on May 3, 2002
This sermon is based on a man in Acts 8 who the people of the city referred to as "The Great Power." This sermon demostrates how the real "Great Power" is the Spirit of God!
The Great Power Acts 8:9-25 May 5, 2002 Intro: A. Today, we come to a couple of stories about a man whom the people in the city called "The Great Power." B. As we come to the teaching of the Word, I want to ask us to bow very meditatively and sing the first two verses #278 "Open My Eyes, ...read more
Contributed on May 17, 2002
This sermon determines to move people towards evangelism in a purposeful way.
People Need the Lord! Acts 8:26-40 May 19, 2002 Intro: [Preparation: Put a board of some type in front of the sanctuary with a sign on the top that says, "People Need the Lord" and put three post-it notes in each bulletin. A. [Unbelievably Good Gospel, Citation: Ken Taylor, New Orleans, ...read more
Contributed on May 24, 2002
This sermon illustrates the necessity of personal evangelism and our atttitudes towards it.
From Persecuting to Preaching Acts 9:1-22 May 26, 2002 Intro: A. [Transformed by an Elevator, Citation: Owen Bourgaize, Castel, Guernsey, United Kingdom] A family from a remote area was making their first visit to a big city. They checked in to a grand hotel and stood in amazement at ...read more
Contributed on May 30, 2002
This sermon enourages us to never give up hope--even when things look their worst, because God IS in control!
God Will Take Care of You! Acts 9:23-31 June 2, 2002 Intro: A. [A Problem Becomes a Solution, Citation: Christine R. Wilson, Eureka, CA, Christian Reader, "Lite Fare."] I stood dismayed in the kitchen of our newly acquired country home--I had accidentally submerged my left foot in a tray ...read more
Contributed on Jun 6, 2002
This sermon illustrates how the church should WORK together as a team (using our spiritual gifts) to advance the Kingdom of God.
Go Team! Acts 9:32-43 June 9, 2002 Intro: A. [Beauty of Unity, Citation: Mike Royko, One More Time (University of Chicago Press, 1999), pp. 85-87; submitted by Dallas Roark, Emporia, Kansas] The late columnist Mike Royko writes about a conversation he had with Slats Grobnik, a man who ...read more
Contributed on Jun 21, 2002
This sermon examines how the Spirit of God worked in Peter and Cornelius, and how He works in us.
Peter, Cornelius, and Us Acts 10:1 - 11:18 June 23, 2002 Intro: A. [illustration] One New Year’s day in the Tournament of Roses parade, a beautiful float suddenly sputtered and quit. It was out of gas. The whole parade was held up until someone could get a can of gas. The amusing ...read more
Contributed on Jun 28, 2002
This sermon looks at three characteristics of the church in Antioch that teach us about church growth.
The First Christians Acts 11:19-29 June 30, 2002 Intro: A. [illustration] John Bisagno former Pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church tells the story of his coming there to candidate for the position of pastor many years ago. He said that as he entered the auditorium it was dimly lit, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 12, 2002
This sermon demonstratest the power of prayer, showing how God can and will do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine if we just PRAY!
Prayer Power Acts 12:1-25 July 7, 2002 Intro: A. [Traveling On Your Knees] Last night I took a journey to a land across the seas. I didn’t go by ship or plane I traveled on my knees. I saw so many people there In bondage to their sin, And Jesus told me I should go, That there ...read more
Contributed on Jul 12, 2002
This sermon encourages people to find and fulfill God’s call on our lives.
The First Missionary Journey (Part 1) Acts 13:1-52 July 14, 2002 Intro: A. [illustration; source: Today In The Word, August, 1989, p. 33.] The following ad once appeared in a London newspaper: "Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2002
This sermon demonstrates the great commitment that the apostle Paul had to the great commission and the great commandment and calls all of us to that that same commitment.
The First Missionary Journey (Part 2) Acts 14 July 21, 2002 Intro: A. [NO SCAR? By Amy Carmichael] Hast thou no scar? No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand? I hear thee sung as mighty in the land, I hear them hail thy bright ascendant star, Hast thou no scar? Hast thou no ...read more
Contributed on Jul 26, 2002
This sermon explians and illustrates why Christians should become all things to all people so that by all possible means we might save some.
The First Board Meeting July 28, 2002 Acts 15:1-35 Intro: A. [None Survived, from the book, "God Has Never Failed Me, But He’s Sure Scared Me to Death a Few Times" by Stan Toler] There was a family who decided to move to the country. They bought a ranch and made plans to raise ...read more
Contributed on Aug 9, 2002
This sermon encourages us to persevere and rejoice in our work for the Lord even when life doesn’t meet our expectations.
The Great Adventure Acts 16:11-40 August 11, 2002 Intro: A. [illustration, James Dobson, New Man, October, 1994, p. 36.] This is an exert from an article that James Dobson wrote in 1994 about Stephen Hawking, whom I believe has since died… Stephen Hawking is an astrophysicist at Cambridge ...read more
Contributed on Aug 15, 2002
This sermon seeks to outline both the Scriptural precedence for and three characteristics of spiritual maturity.
Maturity Acts 17 August 18, 2002 Intro: A. [Paul Harvey’s "For What It’s Worth"] Our For What It’s Worth Department hears from Hershey, Pennsylvania—where the woman in the Mercedes had been waiting patiently for a parking place to open up. The shopping mall was crowded. The woman in the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 23, 2002
This sermon emphasizes the Scriptural priority of and gives an overview of the process of disciple-making.
Course Title: Disciple-Making 101 Professor: The Apostle Paul Acts 18 August 15, 2002 Intro: A. [Finger of God] An old deacon was leading in prayer using one of his stereotypical phrases, which was “Oh Lord, touch the unsaved with Thy finger.” As he intoned this phrase in this ...read more
Contributed on Aug 30, 2002
This sermon encourages believers to seek the Extraordinary Power of God in thier lives instead of simply living by their own wisdom and abilities.
Extraordinary Power Acts 19 September 1, 2002 Intro: A. [The Honorable Bird, Philip Yancey in the foreword of Robertson McQuilkin’s Life in the Spirit] Dorothy Sayers tells of a Japanese convert struggling to grasp Christian theology. “Honorable Father, very good,” he said to his ...read more
Contributed on Sep 6, 2002
This sermon stresses the importance of and the characteristics of spiritual leadership so that we will mature and not be described as Ephesians 4:14 & 15.
Who’s Leading You? Acts 20:17-38 September 8, 2002 Intro: A. [Illustration] A bumper sticker reads: “Don’t follow me. I’m lost too.” Motion does not always mean purpose. Be very careful if you follow the crowd, for they may not know where they are going. B. Ephesians 4:14-15 (NIV), ...read more
Contributed on Sep 13, 2002
This sermon illustrates what fear can do to us and what we can do about it.
Fear Acts 21:1-14 September 15, 2002 Intro: A. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt B. “Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed.”—Michael Pritchard. C. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, ...read more
Contributed on Sep 20, 2002
This sermon challenges us to look at the cross of Calvary and ask ourselves if we are honestly living and serving the way we should.
Duty Calls! Acts 23:1; Ecclesiastes 12:13; 2 Corinthians 5:14 September 22, 2002 Intro: A. [Count Nicholaus von Zinzendorf] Nicholaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf was born into one of Europe’s leading families in the year 1700, and he grew up in an atmosphere of prayer, Bible-reading, and ...read more
Contributed on Sep 27, 2002
This sermon explains how spiritual gifts are tied to the resurrection and how we therefore should respond to them.
The Power of Believing Acts 28:1-10; Mark 16:9-20 September 29, 2002 Intro: A. [J. David Hoke, Pastor of New Horizons Community Church, in Vorhees, N.J.] The Age of Enlightenment brought us to a place where we greatly esteem reason and intellect. Logic is important to us. And we like ...read more