Contributed on Sep 9, 2019
We have all we need to finish the task in front of us.
A Task Unfinished Acts 1:1-5 Rev. Brian Bill September 7-8, 2019 Play Gospel Project Video: Acts BTW, a longer version of this video covering the first half of the Book of Acts is available on the “Sermon Extras” tab on the Edgewood app or website. If you don’t have Right Now Media, you’ll need ...read more
Contributed on Sep 21, 2019
We’re called to witness where we are, but not stay where we are.
Mission Possible Rev. Brian Bill Acts 1:6-11 September 21-22, 2019 Sermon Bumper: Tell Me A witness is simply someone who speaks from personal experience about what is true. How are you doing at telling people the truth about Jesus? A first-hand witness reports what was personally seen, heard ...read more
Contributed on Sep 29, 2019
We must pray and plan, as we trust God's providence. When we obey, pray and stay, God will make a way.
Decision Making and the Will of God Acts 1:12-26 Rev. Brian Bill September 28-29, 2019 Play WHBF Story About Ruth Darr Ruth has been a member here for about six years and has invited many people to gather with her. I can think of at least 5 people at Edgewood today because of her. Shortly ...read more
Contributed on Oct 7, 2019
The Holy Spirit gives us power to accomplish His plans.
Holy Spirit Power Acts 2:1-13 Rev. Brian Bill October 5-6, 2019 Read Acts 2:1-13 while playing sounds of wind and showing video of Fire This weekend, we’re encountering some of the most important words ever written because this passage describes something entirely new and amazing. Here we see ...read more
Contributed on Oct 12, 2019
While there are a number of preaching patterns to follow, I keep coming back to a simple outline I first learned some forty years ago. It goes like this – Hook, Book, Look and Took.
The Sermon that Launched the Church Acts 2:14-41 Rev. Brian Bill October 12-13, 2019 I’ll never forget what happened when it was my turn to preach in my first homiletics class at Moody. I stood up, nervously cleared my throat, and apologized for the corny illustration I was about to use for the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 21, 2019
The depth of our devotion will determine our awe and our impact.
Devoted Disciples Acts 2:42-43 Rev. Brian Bill October 19-20, 2019 Transition from “Me Church” God worked wonders in our services this past weekend as seven people indicated they repented and received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior! Another woman sent me a note later to say she was saved ...read more
Contributed on Oct 28, 2019
When we gather together we will grow, give and go with the gospel.
Together is Better Acts 2:44-47 Rev. Brian Bill October 26-27, 2019 I’m the bearer of both bad news and good news today. I’ll start with the bad news. A story appeared on the front page of the Dispatch/Argus last Sunday with this headline: “Is Your Religion Nothing?” The article was a summary ...read more
Contributed on Nov 4, 2019
Look at every situation as a gospel opportunity.
Becoming Gospel-Centric Acts 3:1-16 Rev. Brian Bill November 2-3, 2019 Play IDOP video Today we’re giving attention to the persecuted church. Let’s pray the persecuted will… 1. Sense God’s presence (Heb. 13:5) 2. Know the greater body of Christ is praying for them (2 Tim. 1:3) 3. Experience ...read more
Contributed on Nov 9, 2019
We must practice continual repentance as we call others to do the same.
Repentance Brings Refreshment Rev. Brian Bill Acts 3:17-26 November 9-10, 2019 I have a white board up here today. Could you shout out the names of various sins you struggle with? If it’s easier to think of the sins of others, you can share theirs. Last weekend we focused on the first half ...read more
Contributed on Nov 18, 2019
We must keep speaking even when told not to.
Responding to Persecution Acts 4:1-22 Rev. Brian Bill November 16-17, 2019 Imagine a church that lives on mission by gathering with God’s people, by growing in their faith, by giving what God has given to them and by going with the gospel, all for the glory of God. This church is known as a place ...read more
Contributed on Nov 26, 2019
Be bold and don’t fold when hard times come.
Speaking with Boldness Acts 4:23-31 Rev. Brian Bill November 20, 2019 Last weekend we were encouraged to imitate the example of Peter and John in order to weather the waves of persecution that are headed our way. This was our main idea: We must keep speaking even when we’re told not to. We were ...read more
Contributed on Nov 30, 2019
We win when we're all in.
A Community in Unity Acts 4:32-37 Rev. Brian Bill November 30-December 1, 2019 While there was much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving, Monday was also a momentous day for me. I had the joy of spending all day with Beth and then for dinner we met a friend of mine from college named Tom. Tom was ...read more
Contributed on Jan 13, 2020
The fear of God will help us be faithful to God.
The Dangers of Hypocrisy Acts 5:1-11 Rev. Brian Bill January 11-12, 2020 Our family had a blast over Christmas as we all gathered in Virginia for a few days. We laughed a lot, ate a lot, and held our grandkids a lot. One morning our son-in-law Matt (the one who had heart surgery and the father ...read more
Contributed on Jan 23, 2020
Jesus heals our hurts.
Hungry for Healing Acts 5:12-16 Rev. Brian Bill January 18-19, 2020 There’s a lot of hurt and pain in our world, and in our church. Many of you came in today piled with problems and heavy with hurt. I don’t know who first said it, but it’s certainly true: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is ...read more
Contributed on Jan 29, 2020
It's always better to obey God.
Persevering Through Persecution Acts 5:17-32 Rev. Brian Bill January 25-26, 2020 Look around you and find eight people. Go ahead and count until you locate eight individuals. By the time you go to sleep tonight, eight people around the world will have died for their devotion to follow Jesus ...read more
Contributed on Feb 3, 2020
God uses people and problems to accomplish His purposes.
The Unstoppable Church Acts 5:33-42 Rev. Brian Bill February 1-2, 2020 Video: Spread of Christianity As I watched that video my mind immediately went to the words of Jesus found in Matthew 16:18. Using the word “church” for the first time, Jesus made this unchanging, unwavering and glorious ...read more
Contributed on Feb 17, 2020
Don't be surprised when people push back.
Expect Opposition Acts 6:8-15 Rev. Brian Bill February 15-16, 2020 Play Clip from “Bible Project” That clip comes from “The Bible Project.” If you’d like to watch the entire video covering the first twelve chapters of Acts, you can find it on Sermon Extras on our app. Have you ever been ...read more
Contributed on Feb 21, 2020
The ground of the gospel is cultivated in the Old Testament.
Explaining the Gospel Acts 7:1-60 Rev. Brian Bill February 22-23, 2020 Several months ago, I was quickly backing our Chevy Cobalt out of the garage, not really paying attention, when all of a sudden, I heard the sound of plastic shattering and glass breaking. As I slammed on the brakes, I looked ...read more
Contributed on Aug 21, 2020
We gather to grow, and we scatter to sow.
Last weekend we focused on the beatitude of Jesus found in Matthew 5:4: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” We were encouraged to lament our losses, to be sorrowful about our sins, to cry over the condition of Christians and non-Christians, and to weep for our world. While ...read more
Contributed on Sep 4, 2020
Doing Christian things doesn't make you a Christian.
Many years ago, I visited someone in the hospital whom I had never met before. He was a member of the church I pastored but had not gathered for a service in years. After introducing myself I looked for a way to have a spiritual conversation with him. From all the cussing he was doing, I was ...read more
Contributed on Sep 15, 2020
God loves to position His people to speak with people He has prepared.
Do you use SIRI or GPS? Do you have an Amazon Echo or Google Assistant? If so, you are utilizing AI, or Artificial Intelligence. This week, I read an op-ed published in the Guardian that was written entirely by Artificial Intelligence. Here’s the headline: “A robot wrote this entire article. ...read more
Contributed on Sep 21, 2020
No one is too sinful to be saved.
I begin with an excerpt from a Breakpoint commentary aired this week called, “Self-constructed, Build-a-Bear, Buffet-Style Christianity is no Christianity at All.” It’s posted on Sermon Extras if you’d like to read it. In a pair of tweets that recently made rounds on social media, a young ...read more
Contributed on Sep 28, 2020
God saves us so we will serve Him.
How many of you have ever had physical therapy? Do we have any physical therapists or physical therapy assistants here today? I’m 12 weeks into PT for my rotator cuff surgery and now know what PT stands for – pain and torture! JK. I’m actually making great progress…finally. I’ve graduated to ...read more
Contributed on Oct 10, 2020
God is always at work…and sometimes we get to see it. When we don’t see it…remember God is always at work.
We made a quick road trip to Virginia last weekend to see two of our daughters and sons-in-law…and three of our grandchildren. Here’s a picture of us decorating pumpkins with them. And here’s a picture of our grandson Dean with his pumpkin. Dean lives in Davenport (we join Biff and Robin Rollins ...read more
Contributed on Oct 17, 2020
Jews and Gentiles are saved by faith alone in Christ alone.
The first sermon I gave was over 40 years ago at a Young Life gathering. I’m glad there is no audio or video evidence of that sermon! Over the last twenty years, I’ve been preaching multiple services nearly every weekend. You’d think I’d get the hang of it by now. I’ve been invigorated by ...read more
Contributed on Oct 24, 2020
Peter’s response to these religious rule-keepers is a model for us as we face criticism or complaints. We’ll see that Peter’s answer is more pastoral than argumentative. I see seven correctives to help us handle criticism.
This week I shared something positive on Facebook and got pulverized. The criticism came quickly and repeatedly. Normally I’m more careful about posting about controversial matters so I wasn’t prepared for all the venomous vitriol and overwhelming opposition. One person simply replied, “Oh ...read more
Contributed on Nov 2, 2020
God unleashes the extraordinary through ordinary people.
An ordinary Sunday School teacher named Ed was concerned for a young man in his class named Dwight, so he shared Christ with him in the back room of a shoe store. Dwight got saved and eventually became a well-known evangelist. Years later, when preaching in the British Isles, Dwight told the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 7, 2020
God often does the unexpected when we’re earnest in prayer.
A week ago, I listened to the Voice of the Martyr’s podcast called VOM Radio and learned about Petr Jasek, a believer from the Czech Republic, who was imprisoned in Sudan for 14 months. He served as the Africa Regional Director for Voice of the Martyrs and traveled to Sudan on their behalf. BTW, ...read more
Contributed on Nov 14, 2020
Make the glory of God the story of your life.
Over 8 years ago, Beth and I had the privilege of going to Israel. We were impacted by the people we went with and the places we visited. Our team consisted of 30 Asian believers from seven different countries and was led by friends of ours who teach at the East Asia Theological Seminary. It ...read more