Contributed on Jul 20, 2007
The main person of the church is the Savior, the mighty power of the church is the Spirit, and the major purpose of the church is souls.
The Unfinished Work of Jesus ACTS 1:1-8 How do you launch a worldwide enterprise? In the last century, Coca-Cola did it. You can go just about anywhere in the world today and buy a Coke. They are the world’s largest multi-national corporation. Right behind them is Microsoft. The church ...read more
Contributed on Jul 25, 2007
"Witnesses" — it is that word which defines for Christ’s disciples their role and responsibility. We must not lose sight of the fact that the Holy Spirit came to equip the disciples to carry out their work of witness.
ACTS 1:8 “Ye shall be witnesses” The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC, has a guard 24 hours a day. Every hour on the hour, 365 days a year, a new soldier reports for duty. When the new guard arrives, he receives his orders from the one who is ...read more
Contributed on Aug 23, 2007
Many think prayer is a waste of time, but without the ministry of prayer, our work is a waste of time.
Prayer Meeting Acts 1: 14 Many think prayer is a waste of time, but without the ministry of prayer, our work is a waste of time. The thermometer of any church is its prayer meeting. You can do more than pray - but only after you have prayed. You can do more than pray after you have ...read more
Contributed on Aug 30, 2007
How does a church with a sense of expectancy act
Living in Expectation Acts 1:9-26 My daughter is reading a book that appears to be a popular book in the homes of mothers who are expecting today. It has a catchy title and I’ll bet some of you have seen it, too. It’s entitled, “What to Expect when You’re Expecting.” Isn’t that a great ...read more
Contributed on Sep 6, 2007
“What meaneth this” in Acts 2. What meaneth this coming of the Holy Sprit to the early church.
“What meaneth this” to THEM and to ME Acts 2:1-36 There are roughly three main events in the history of Christianity: Bethlehem, Calvary, and Pentecost. Bethlehem is “God with us.” Calvary is “God for us.” Pentecost is “God in us.” We understand what Bethlehem means. We understand what ...read more
Contributed on Sep 16, 2007
The Church at Jerusalem serves as a model for every church on what God expects His churches to look like.
Acts 2: 41-47 The Marks of a Great Church The Church at Jerusalem serves as a model for every church on what God expects His churches to look like. The Church at Jerusalem was not seeking after greatness, but she attained it because each member did what God ...read more
Contributed on Sep 27, 2007
four characteristics of a bold witness as illusrated in the life of Peter and John from Acts 4
HOLY BOLDNESS “When they saw the boldness of Peter and John” Acts 4:1-22 There is a faint knock at your door. You open it to find a cowering man who timidly asks, “You wouldn’t want to buy a vacuum cleaner, would you?” Unless you either take great pity on this poor excuse for a salesman or ...read more
Contributed on Oct 4, 2007
The important thing about a man is not where he goes when he is COMPELLED to go, but where he goes when he is free to CHOOSE where he will.
Acts 4:23-31 Where Do You Go When You Are Free To Go Peter and John have been taken before the Jewish Supreme Court (Sanhedrin) of the first century. They are charged and then released. What do they do? Where do they go? They go to a prayer meeting. The secret of the strength of the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 10, 2007
Hypocrisy is deliberate deception, trying to make people think we are more spiritual than we really are.
THE DEADLY SIN OF HYPOCRISY Acts 4:34-5:11 “BUT” -starts chapter 5. The “buts” in the Bible are hinges on which great doors swing. They always mark a decisive change in the story. The incident of chapter 5 begins in chapter 4. The story of Ananias and Sapphira is a ...read more
Contributed on Oct 16, 2007
The only duty of the church that can’t be better done in heaven is evangelism.
A PATTERN FOR EVANGELIZING ACTS 5:17-42 What is the only duty of the church that can’t be better done in heaven- evangelism. Now some have the mistaken idea that witnessing can be simply one’s lifestyle without words. I would agree that our lives need to be a witness; however, mere lifestyle ...read more
Contributed on Nov 8, 2007
The devil does not mind a person having a faith, going to church, being religious, doing deeds of service, using Christian vocabulary as long as that person does not experience saving faith in Jesus Christ and His merits.
A Close Look At A Phony Acts 8:9-25 FALSE HONESTY Several years ago, in Long Beach, California, a fellow went into a fried chicken place and bought a couple of chicken dinners for himself and his date late one afternoon. The young woman at the counter inadvertently gave him the proceeds from ...read more
Contributed on Nov 29, 2007
It tells us that the Lord took Philip away suddenly, and one day, we who love and belong to the Lord are going to be taken away suddenly. We are going to be caught up, raptured literally into the air and into His presence
How Should We Live Lord Before The Rapture Acts 8:26-40 Look at verse 39 and notice in particular the words "the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip." Was this a literal, physical transportation? Was Philip caught away as Enoch was? Look up Genesis 5:22-24; and as Elijah was (2 Kings 2:11)? ...read more
Contributed on Dec 15, 2007
Acts 9 is one of the most exciting chapters in the early history of the church. The conversion of Saul of Tarsus, the leading persecutor of the early church was perhaps the greatest event in church history after the coming of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost.
AN EXTREME MAKE-OVER Acts 9:1-31 Acts 9 is one of the most exciting chapters in the early history of the church. The conversion of Saul of Tarsus, the leading persecutor of the early church was perhaps the greatest event in church history after the coming of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost. If ...read more
Contributed on Jan 4, 2008
Notice these words in verse 32 - “Peter passed through all quarters.” They are going to serve as the basis for our thoughts tonight.
THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS ACTS 9:32-35 The passage tonight turns from the dramatic changed life of Saul to a story in the life of Peter. Since the churches had rest from persecution, the apostles began to make use of this interval of quiet to visit the different congregations in order to build ...read more
Contributed on Jan 10, 2008
Tabitha had a reputation among the believers as being "full of good works." She helped people by using the talents she had to encourage others. Her death stunned the community, where she was adored for her sweet , giving spirit.
I. The Restoration Of A Cripple (32-35) A. A Paralyzed Man B. A Powerful Miracle The Raising Of A Corpse Acts 9:36-43 Tabitha, whose Greek name is Dorcas lived in Joppa, which was about fifty miles northwest of Jerusalem on the Mediterranean Sea. Joppa is the city where Jonah ...read more
Contributed on Jan 20, 2008
We all have built-in prejudices that God must break down before we be truly effective with the Gospel. We see Him doing just that in our text.
When human barriers come down, HEAVENLY BLESSINGS come down! Acts 10:1-34 Have you ever noticed that the guy driving slower than you is always a jerk, whereas the guy driving faster than you is always a maniac? By fallen nature, we’re all prone to justify ourselves and to condemn those ...read more
Contributed on Jan 23, 2008
There are many "model" preachers and sermons in Scripture. Is there anything about "model" hearers?
Acts 10:33 MODEL HEARERS Hearing can be a real problem. An old couple was sitting by the fireside. He looked over at her, had a romantic thought, and said, “After fifty years, I’ve found you tried and true.” The wife’s hearing wasn’t very good, so she said, ...read more
Contributed on Feb 22, 2008
I want to talk about what Christians should be known for. According to the Bible there are some things that others should know about Christians.
MARKS OF A CHRISTIAN Acts 11: 19-30 Several years ago Time magazine carried a story about a controversy that once raged in a Waterloo, Iowa courthouse over the question, “What is a Christian?” It all started when a local doctor who had been very wealthy died, and when his will was read it was ...read more
Contributed on Mar 15, 2008
WHEN ANY CHURCH LOSES THE SPIRIT OF THE GREAT COMMISSION, IT SURRENDERS THE VERY REASON FOR ITS EXISTENCE.
The Mission Of The Church Is MissionsThe Mission Of The Church Is Missions Acts 13:1-3 What is the main business of the church? Some would say that it is to care of its members. The church is here to visit the sick and pray with them, to take care of people at important transitions in life, such ...read more
Contributed on Apr 17, 2008
Paul uses a phrase three times in his sermon in Antioch that form the three points of his message (15,26, and 38).Paul, under the direct control of the Holy Spirit, shows that Jewish history resolves in Christ, that the promise of Messiah resolves in Chr
Acts 13:13-52 Paul’s First Recorded Sermon “Say On” Paul uses a phrase three times in his sermon in Antioch that form the three points of his message (15,26, and 38).Paul, under the direct control of the Holy Spirit, shows that Jewish history resolves in Christ, that the promise of Messiah ...read more
Contributed on Jul 10, 2008
how to establish a church
ESTABLISHING A CHURCH Acts 19: 1-10 Our text records the establishing of the church in Ephesus. In Paul’s day, it was a city of about 200,000. Every Christian longs for God’s church to be established and extended as His word spreads ...read more
Contributed on Aug 15, 2008
the power of the gospel causes opposition
The Power Of And The Opposition To The Gospel Acts 19:21-41 Our text records the story of a riot in Ephesus instigated against Paul and the new church there. Although Paul was not at the center of the action, it must have been an unforgettably frightening ordeal. Most of us have never had ...read more
Contributed on Sep 25, 2008
the measure of man as viewed in the light of his suffering
THE MEASURE OF A MAN Acts 21:27-40 In looking at this passage tonight, I was more prone to call it the measure of the man than I was to say this is the arrest of Paul. It is the arrest of Paul, but it is the measure of the man who is seen in the midst of the circumstance that interests me. I ...read more
Contributed on Oct 16, 2008
The Bible often teaches and illustrates the doctrine of God’s providence; His providence should be a source of great comfort and instruction for every believer.
“What rotten luck I’ve been having lately!” “I’m having a bad day!” “Oh, well, whatever will be will be, and there’s nothing that we can do about it!” You’ve probably heard people say all of these statements. Perhaps you’ve even said or thought something similar yourself at times. But all of ...read more
Contributed on Mar 12, 2009
Paul faces three things in Acts 28, but he keeps on going cause he knew the secret of shaking it off.
SHAKE IT OFF Acts 28:1-1-6 The Apostle Paul and 275 others were sailing across the Mediterranean Sea, Paul on his way to stand trial before Caesar in Rome, when they encountered a horrendous storm that caused the ship to ...read more