Contributed on Mar 4, 2015
This is the first lesson on the study of the Book of Acts which serves to define who the church is and what is does.
The Teaching and Works of Jesus – The Sequel Acts 1:1-8 Introduction The great expository British preacher of half a century ago, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, made a sermon series on the Book of Acts which took a good part of the 1960’s to go through. He was concerned about the many people who were ...read more
Contributed on Mar 13, 2015
What is the significance of the Ascension?
The Ascension of Jesus Acts 1:9-12a Introduction In the previous passage, we have a record of the last earthly meeting of his disciples which came at the end of a forty day period after the resurrection. There were many appearances of Jesus during this time in both Galilee and Jerusalem. At ...read more
Contributed on Mar 16, 2015
What is the DNA of the true church?
With Great Joy Acts 1:12-14 In the previous passage we learned that the Ascension of Jesus into glory to sit at the right hand of the Father is the central point of Luke and Acts which makes the Ascension the most important event of the two books. We discussed the reasons why. The Jesus’ ...read more
Contributed on Mar 18, 2015
Everything the church does must be worshipful, even the business meetings.
Can You Worship at a Church Business Meeting? Acts 1:15-26 The Apostles, in obedience to the Lord’s directive had just returned to Jerusalem. Luke records that they were full of joy and went into an upper room where they continued in prayer and making intercession. It also says that they ...read more
Contributed on Mar 18, 2015
Pentecost has been the source of much too much confusion and little unity. What does it mean?
When the Day of Pentecost Was Fully Come Acts 2:1 We now begin the first of several messages about the day we called Pentecost or Whitsunday on our church calendar. Careful exposition of the text is very important here, because to go wrong here is to go wrong for the rest of the Book of Acts. ...read more
Contributed on Apr 2, 2015
What is the miracle of Pentecost all about?
Speaking in Tongues Acts 2:2-11 When the topic of speaking in tongues is brought up in churches, a storm of questions are asked. Were these tongues at Pentecost known languages or unknown tongues? Is speaking in tongues the initial evidence and proof of Spirit baptism? Does one need to speak in ...read more
Contributed on Apr 7, 2015
How do we defend our faith in Christ?
Full of New Wine Acts 2:12-21 We have seen in our study of Pentecost so far, one of the major purposes for the gift of tongues was to bypass the language barrier so that everyone at the feast in Jerusalem could understand the wonderful works of God in their own language. In other words, God ...read more
Contributed on Dec 28, 2019
Why is the church dying in America, and what can we do about it?
Centering in on Jesus Acts 2:22-36 In America, the church as a whole is going through an identity crisis. Who are we? What purpose do we serve? Why are so many churches declining? What can we do to turn things around? These are good questions to ask. These same problems faced the famous British ...read more
Contributed on Dec 27, 2019
We argue over the best methods to win people, including whether we should have altar calls. Perhaps we should stick to the message.
A Proper Altar Call Acts 2:37-41 The “Altar Call” plays a very important part of many Evangelical worship services. We want people to accept Christ as Savior. This is right because the Scripture states that God Himself is not willing that any perish. Considering the dread alternative of eternal ...read more
Contributed on Dec 26, 2019
How does revival happen? And how do we know that it is truly revival?
The Marks of True Revival Acts 2:42-47 It has been a long time since America has seen a widespread revival. In fact, any of the researchers are lamenting the decline of Christianity in America. This decline is especially severe in what used to be called the “mainline churches.” Many remedies have ...read more
Contributed on Sep 10, 2014
What is the real significance of the healing of the cripple at the Beautiful Gate?
An Unexpected Gift Acts 3:1-10 Another day had dawned. The man’s friends arrive early to pick him up and take him to the Temple. They brought the man to the Temple door. But he does not enter in. you see, he is a crippled man, and crippled men were not allowed in the Temple. He could come to ...read more
Contributed on Feb 18, 2017
What message should the church be proclaiming today?
They Just Don’t Preach Like This Any More Acts 3:11-4:4 Martyn Lloyd Jones constantly reminded his parishioners in his sermons that the church did not suddenly arrive in the 1960’s, but has been around for two thousand years. He would recount all of the pundits of his day who tried to redefine ...read more
Contributed on Jan 2, 2020
Peter and John are emboldened by the Spirit to defend themselves before the Sanhedrin.
These Are not Idiots Acts 4:5-22 Peter and John had been under great pressure before when Jesus was arrested by both the Temple guard and Roman soldiers. Peter made a temporary and futile attempt at bravado before he caved miserably. The two of them followed at a distance and came into the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 4, 2020
If and when we are persecuted, how shall we resond?
The Christian Response to Persecution Acts 4:23-31 In America, where I live, we formally have freedom to worship and express our religious views. I use the word “formally” because there is increasing erosion to these freedoms. We have not suffered the severe persecution our Christian brothers ...read more
Contributed on Mar 31, 2018
Are we really the church or a faded glory of a church which once was?
Faith in Action Acts 4:32-35 It has been said: Preach the Gospel; if necessary use words.” This is one of those statements that are pretty self-explanatory. There is all too often a wide gulf between what we preach and what we do. We find preachers and teachers who can explain the text in an ...read more
Contributed on Apr 11, 2017
Does the Holy Spirit act contrary to our will? Is He just the suggester-in-chief?
Is the Holy Ghost a Gentleman? Acts 5:1-11 I don’t know how often I have heard that the Holy Ghost is a gentleman. It is often assumed that the Holy Ghost will not force His way on anyone. I use the older term Holy Ghost rather than the newer use of the Holy spirit because “ghost” comes from ...read more