Contributed on Jan 16, 2018
God is always at work in our world: 1. Choosing His people (vs.17). 2. Protecting His people (vs. 17). 3. Patiently leading His people (vs. 18-21). 4. Righteously judging all people (vs. 19-22). 5. Passionately seeking for His people (vs. 22).
God Is at Work in Our World - Part 1 Series: The Book of Acts - Part 43 Acts 13:13-22 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - May 25, 2014 BACKGROUND: *Church, we have started to follow the first missionary journey of Barnabas and Paul. And in tonight's Scripture John Mark leaves ...read more
Contributed on Jun 30, 2017
1. The first essential is healing (vs. 36-38). 2. The second essential is hanging (vs. 39-40). 3. The third essential is hearing (vs. 40-43). 4. The fourth essential is the Holy Spirit (vs. 44-48).
Salvation Essentials Acts 10:34-48 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - March 2, 2014 *The Apostle Peter preached this message almost 2,000 years ago, but it is just as fresh today as the first day it was heard. This is the message that the world needs to hear today. This is the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 27, 2017
God will grow our church: 1. With the same kind of men (vs. 24-33). 2. With the same methods (vs. 23-24). 3. With the same message (vs. 34-36).
How God Wants to Grow Our Church Acts 10:23-36 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - Feb. 23, 2014 *Think about the answer to this question: "On a scale of 1 to 10, how committed are you to seeing our church grow?" Church: We need to be more committed than ever before. A ...read more
Contributed on Jun 24, 2017
God wants our church to grow! 1. So He stresses that no one is saved without Jesus (vs. 1-2). 2. He seeks to save the lost (vs. 3-8). 3. He stretches us to reach new people (vs. 9-16). 4. He sets-up divine appointments for us (vs. 17-23).
God Wants Our Church to Grow! Acts 10:1-23 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - Feb. 16, 2014 *Does God want our church to grow? There is no doubt about it. The Scripture makes this truth clear in many places. For example, 1 Timothy 2:3-4 says that: "God our Savior" desires all ...read more
Contributed on Jun 11, 2017
1. God will give us strength (vs. 19-22). 2. God will give us a strategy (vs. 20-25). 3. God will give us support (vs. 23-30). 4. God will give us success (vs. 31).
Victorious Service for Our Savior Acts 9:19-31 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - Feb. 2, 2014 BACKGROUND: *Please open your Bibles to Acts 9, as we think about serving our Savior. This chapter begins with the meeting Saul had with Jesus on the road to Damascus. At the time ...read more
Contributed on Jun 6, 2017
We can make a big difference for God! 1. By God’s greatness (vs. 1-5). 2. By God’s grace (vs. 1-5). 3. By God's guidance (vs. 6-12). 4. By our going (vs. 13-18).
We Can Make a Big Difference for God! Acts 9:1-18 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - Jan. 26, 2014 INTRODUCTION: *Our God likes to use little things to make a big difference in His world. Max Lucado pointed this fact out, when he wrote: -"That guy who gave Jesus the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 6, 2017
1. I stop relying on my own righteousness (vs. 1-2). 2. God gets my attention (vs. 3-4). 3. I learn that Jesus is Lord (vs. 4-5). 4. I don’t just get religion; I get a relationship (vs. 4-5). 5. I begin to follow the Lord’s leadership (vs. 6-9).
How to Know I Am Saved Acts 9:1-9 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - Jan. 19, 2014 BACKGROUND: *Tonight, we will explore one of the most important meetings in all of human history: The meeting that took place on the road to Damascus, when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ ...read more
Contributed on May 16, 2017
How can we carry on the work of God's church today? 1. By preaching God’s Word (vs. 9-13, 25). 2. By the presence of God's Spirit (vs. 14-17). 3. By standing against the poison of sin (vs. 18-23). 4. By praying for the lost (vs. 22-24).
Carry on the Work of God's Church! Acts 8:9-25 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - Dec. 29, 2013 BACKGROUND: *As we continue to explore Acts 8, remember that the chapter began with a great travesty and tragedy for God's church: Stephen the deacon was stoned to death for boldly ...read more
Contributed on May 6, 2017
1. Miracles will be multiplied (vs. 4-7). 2. Joy will be justified (vs. 8). 3. Deceit will be defeated (vs. 9-12). 4. Souls will be saved (vs. 12).
What Happens When We Help Spread the Gospel? Acts 8:4-12 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - Nov. 10, 2013 INTRODUCTION: *What is our most important mission as a church? In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus put it this way: 19. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in ...read more
Contributed on Apr 23, 2017
We should follow the footsteps of Joseph. 1. Remember that God is with us. 2. Remain true to God’s standards. 3. Remind people of the Savior.
A Great Example for Every Christian Acts 7:8-16 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - Sept. 22, 2013 BACKGROUND: *Remember that here in Acts 7 one of the first deacons was on trial for the cause of Christ His name was Stephen, and he was on trial for his life before the ...read more
Contributed on Apr 17, 2017
This Scripture speaks to us about: 1. Godly wisdom (vs. 1-4). 2. God's world (vs. 4-5). 3. God's Word (vs. 5-7). 4. God's work (vs. 8).
God's Truth: Still Fresh after Four Thousand Years Acts 7:1-8 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - Sept. 15, 2013 BACKGROUND: *In Acts 6-8, God gives us the story of a Christian named Stephen. This New Testament believer was one of the heroes of the early church. Stephen was ...read more
Contributed on Sep 3, 2013
God wants deacons to: 1. help solve problems. 2. help set priorities. 3. serve faithfully. 4. have spiritual abundance.
God's Desire for Deacons Acts 6:1-8 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - September 1, 2013 *You know there are a lot of jokes out there about preachers and deacons. Over the years I've heard some preachers (men a lot better than me) tell some of these jokes about deacons. But I ...read more
Contributed on Apr 13, 2017
Five lessons in this Scripture: 1. The courage (vs. 25-32). 2. The conflict (vs. 26-28; 33). 3. The compromise (vs. 34-40). 4. The comfort (vs. 40-41). 5. The commitment (vs. 42).
Stand Up for Jesus! Acts 5 25-42 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - Aug. 25, 2013 *Where would we be tonight if these Christians in Acts 5 and countless other Christians had not said and done the right thing? Where would we be if they had refused to stand up for Jesus ...read more
Contributed on Apr 7, 2017
The power of God: 1. Overcomes the worst conditions (vs. 12-16). 2. Outrages God's enemies (vs. 17-18). 3. Opens prison doors (vs. 19-25). 4. Obligates us to the highest devotion (vs. 26-29).
The Power of God Acts 5:12-29 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church – Aug. 18, 2013 INTRODUCTION: *Back in Exodus 15, the Lord had just brought Moses and the Children of Israel safely through the Red Sea. 1. Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and ...read more
Contributed on Apr 4, 2017
1. God wants us to be united (vs. 32). 2. God wants us to be unselfish (vs. 32b & 34-35). 3. God wants us to be unleashed (vs. 33). 4. God wants us to be uplifting (vs. 36-37).
The Most Heavenly Place on Earth Acts 4:32-37 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - Aug. 4, 2013 *We used to go to Heavenly Ham a good bit. And the ham was very good, but I wouldn't say it was heavenly. On Friday I plugged the word "heavenly" into Google and got over 51 million ...read more
Contributed on Apr 3, 2017
When your government is ungodly: 1. Stick together with God's people (vs. 23-24). 2. Seek God's help (vs. 24-31). 3. Speak the truth about Jesus (vs. 31).
When Your Government Is Ungodly - Part 3 Acts 4:23-31 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - July 28, 2013 BACKGROUND: *Tonight we finish our study of the great miracle that took place in Acts 3. Peter and John were on their way to the Temple to pray, and they met a beggar who ...read more
Contributed on May 19, 2014
God's church matters because we: 1. are witnesses of God's mighty works (vs. 32-36). 2. have the answers to life's greatest questions (vs. 37-38). 3. have the help of the Holy Spirit (vs. 33, 38, 39). 4. have great reasons to rejoice (vs. 40-41).
Why God's Church Matters Acts 2:32-41 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - June 23, 2013 *Don't you love our church? We are blessed to be part of a church where people love God, love His Word, and love each other. But as we look into the Word of God tonight, remember that we are ...read more
Contributed on May 13, 2014
We exalt Jesus Christ! 1. Because He can foresee the future (vs. 25 & 29-31) 2. Because He put full faith in the Father (vs. 25-28) 3. Because He went the distance to deliver us (vs. 26-27) 4. Because He rose again to rule forever (vs. 29-32).
We Lift Up the Lord Jesus Christ! Acts 2:25-32 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - June 16, 2013 *In the January, 2002 issue of "World Magazine," Melvin Newland read the story of a church in New York City. From the early 1900's through the 1960's this church was a powerful ...read more
Contributed on May 3, 2014
Jesus stands alone! 1. Only Jesus is able to save us (vs. 21). 2. Only Jesus was approved by the Heavenly Father (vs. 22). 3. Only Jesus was appointed to be our sacrifice (vs. 23). 4. Only Jesus had the power to come back alive (vs. 24).
Our First and Foremost Message Is Jesus Christ! Acts 2:21-24 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - June 2, 2013 (Revised from a message preached at McClendon Baptist Church - May 3, 2006) *The Apostle Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost, and here is part of what he said: 21. ...read more
Contributed on Jul 8, 2013
Jesus wants us to see: 1. The importance of His work (vs. 1-3). 2. The importance of His words (vs. 1-8). 3. The importance of His witnesses (vs. 8-11).
Three Great Themes in the Book of Acts Acts 1:1-11 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - May 12, 2013 *Indianapolis pastor Russ Blowers was a member of the Rotary Club. At the club meeting each week, a different member told a little about his job. And when it was Russ’ turn, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 15, 2013
How can we take the next step? 1. Carry out the Lord’s commands (vs. 12). 2. Pray with passion (vs. 13-14). 3. Believe the Bible (vs. 15-20). 4. Enlist and equip more help (vs. 20-23). 5. Humbly accept the Lord's assignment (vs. 23-26).
The Savior's Next Step for Our Church Acts 1:12-26 (Initial reading: vs. 8-14) Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - May 19, 2013 *This is last week's issue of "The Baptist Message," and the headline for this article is: "Hankins Delivers Sobering News to 2020 Commission." It tells ...read more
Contributed on Apr 28, 2014
The Day of Pentecost matters to us: 1. Because it was a new dispensation in God's plan (vs. 1-4). 2. Because it was a great demonstration of God's power (vs. 2-11). 3. Because it was a bold declaration of God's pardon (vs. 11-21).
Why Pentecost Matters to Us Acts 2:1-21 (Initial reading: vs. 1-4) Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - May 26, 2013 *Some days seem to matter a whole lot more than others: June 6, 1944 -- The D-Day invasion in Normandy. Nov. 22, 1963 -- The assassination of JFK. July ...read more
Contributed on May 20, 2014
How can we carry on for the Lord Jesus Christ? 1. Keep studying God's Word (vs. 42). 2. Keep sharing with God's people (vs. 42-46). 3. Keep seeking the Lord (vs. 46-47). 4. Keep shining for the Lord (vs. 47).
Carry on Christians. Carry on! Acts 2:41-47 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - June 30, 2013 *Have you ever been tempted to give up on church? Have you ever been tempted to just give up and quit? Listen to this testimony from Pastor Larry Overstreet: *"The first Pastors ...read more
Contributed on Mar 23, 2017
Obey Jesus: 1. By praying to the Lord (vs. 1). 2. By giving for the Lord (vs. 2-15). 3. By trusting in the Lord (vs. 16). 4. By telling people about the Lord (vs. 12-15;17-26).
Great Ways to Obey our God Acts 3:1-26 (Initial reading vs. 1-9) Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - July 7, 2013 *No true Christian can be happy living in disobedience. I heard something in a church in Warner Robins, Georgia 35 years ago, and I hope I never forget it: "The most ...read more
Contributed on Mar 26, 2017
1. Expect Christ's enemies to be energized (vs. 1-3). 2. Expect more souls to be saved (vs. 4). 3. Expect more help from Heaven (vs. 5-10). 4. Tell the truth about Jesus (vs. 7-12).
When Your Government Is Ungodly - Part 1 Acts 4:1-12 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - July 14, 2013 *We still live in somewhat of a bubble here in the Bible Belt. Yes, over the years, much has gone downhill spiritually, but it’s still different here. One of the main reasons ...read more
Contributed on Mar 31, 2017
What should we do when our government is ungodly? 1. Spend more time with our Savior (vs. 13). 2. Always choose God over government (vs. 14-20). 3. Keep speaking about our Savior (vs. 20). 4. Keep giving glory to God (vs. 21-22).
When Your Government Is Ungodly - Part 2 Acts 4:13-22 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - July 21, 2013 BACKGROUND: *Tonight we continue to follow up on the great miracle that took place at the beginning of Acts 3. Peter and John were on their way to the Temple to pray, and ...read more
Contributed on Apr 6, 2017
God shows us that: 1. Satan has a strategy (vs. 1-3). 2. Our integrity is important (vs. 3-4). 3. Our sin is serious (vs. 5-10). 4. We should grow in godly fear (vs. 5 & 11). 5. We must lean on God's leadership (vs. 3-4).
God Shows His Church How to Stay out of Trouble Acts 5:1-11 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - Aug. 11, 2013 BACKGROUND: *When we looked at the early church last week, they had been severely threatened by the religious authorities in Jerusalem. But they took their troubles to ...read more
Contributed on Apr 14, 2017
How can we shine for Jesus? 1. Seek to be full of faith (vs. 7-8). 2. Seek to have words of wisdom (vs. 9-11). 3. Seek faithfulness over fairness (vs. 12-14). 4. Seek a radiant relationship with Jesus Christ (vs. 15).
Shine for Jesus! Acts 6:7-15 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - Sept. 8, 2013 *Matt Redman is one of the best-known writers of Christian music today. Shortly after the devastating terror attacks on September 11, 2001, Matt and his wife Beth co-wrote a worship song called Blessed ...read more
Contributed on Apr 24, 2017
1. He sees our struggles (vs. 17-19; 34). 2. He develops us with detours (vs. 20-30; 35-36). 3. He wants to meet us in a miraculous way (vs. 30-33). 4. He has missions in mind for us (vs. 34). 5. He wants to save our souls (vs. 35-37).
God's Work in Our Lives Acts 7:17-37 (Scripture Reading vs. 17-23) Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - Sept. 29, 2013 BACKGROUND: *Here in Acts 7 we continue our study of the trial of Stephen. He was a good, godly man, and one of the first deacons. But in this chapter, he was ...read more
Contributed on Apr 30, 2017
The Lord will never lose a legal case, so here’s what we should do: 1. Put your name on God's witness list. 2. Be persuaded of God's ultimate victory. 3. Pledge your full allegiance to the Lord.
God’s Case against the Christ-Rejecting Court Acts 7:37-54 Sermon by Rick Crandall Grayson Baptist Church - Oct. 6, 2013 BACKGROUND: *Here in Acts 7, Stephen has been on trial for his strong faith in Jesus Christ. And this was no small matter. This wasn’t a high school debate. Stephen was ...read more