Contributed on Feb 28, 2004
Sermon outline for Ascension Sunday. From Christ’s present position at the Father’s right hand of power He rains down blessings upon His people.
SHOWERS OF BLESSING Acts 1:1-11 This is Ascension Sunday. Christ reigns now at the Father’s right hand. This is the basic meaning of the Ascension. From Christ’s position at the Father’s side, He rains down blessings upon His people. A. Christ Won the Decisive Battle on the Cross and ...read more
Contributed on Oct 17, 2004
The meaning of Pentecost, God pouring out His Spirit to empower the mission from Jesus to go into all the world as His witnesses to make disciples from all nations.
A children’s catechism class was learning the Apostles Creed. Each child had been assigned a sentence to repeat. The first one said, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” The second child said, “I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son…” When he had completed his ...read more
Contributed on Feb 21, 2005
Stephen is a model for us of a Holy Spirit directed witness.
Stephen the Witness and Martyr Acts 6:8—8:1 Intro: There is a Conspiracy of Silence in so many churches… Thinking that we can merely live good Christian lives as our witness, without telling people the why: telling about Jesus Christ. God’s acts have always needed explanation to be clear. ...read more
Contributed on Feb 28, 2005
Witnessing in the power of the Spirit
PHILIP THE EVANGELIST Acts 8:1-25 Intro.: What is evangelism? What is an evangelist? (Wait for answers) Jesus said in His final words, “Go, be my witnesses here and everywhere,” “Go and make disciples of all nations.” To evangelize is to tell the good news of Jesus. “Gospel” = ...read more
Contributed on Mar 1, 2005
In the healing of the lame man at the Temple gate, we see a model of how Christians can work with the Spirit to touch and transform lives.
The Church at Work with the Spirit Acts 3:1-26 A. A Miracle of Healing Some weeks – maybe up to 3 months – after Pentecost, Peter and John go up to the Temple for the 3 PM prayer time, and encounter a man born lame. Apparently his feet and ankles were twisted and deformed and he couldn’t ...read more
Contributed on Mar 21, 2005
The conversion of Paul on the road to Damascus
The Lion Meets the Lamb – Acts 9:1-31 (From Saul to Paul) In chp. 8:1-3, we see the beginning of Saul’s attempt to destroy the Greek-speaking Christian congregation in Jerusalem. The result is that these persecuted disciples move out of the city, and plant new congregations in Samaria and its ...read more
Contributed on Mar 21, 2005
A Palm Sunday sermon. This story about Peter and Cornelius has a couple of major parallels with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, especially the call for us to be a house of prayer for all nations.
Prayer for All? – Acts 10:1-23 Palm Sunday, 2005 This story about Peter has a couple of major parallels with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. I want to highlight those and then make some application for us today. 1. Healings and Miracles Both Peter and Jesus had just had some ...read more
Contributed on Mar 27, 2005
The Easter story as told by Peter to Cornelius in Acts 10.
The Good News of Peace with God Easter 2005 Michael Green writes the truth when he says: "Christianity does not hold the resurrection to be one among many tenets of belief. Without faith in the resurrection--there would be no Christianity at all. The Jesus Movement would have fizzled out ...read more