Contributed on Feb 6, 2006
The purpose of this message is to help Christians count the cost of proclaiming the gospel and encourage us by knowing God will make us bold if we step out in faith and proclaim the wonderful message of the cross.
THE GOSPEL PRODUCES BOLDNESS Acts 4:1-13 INTRODUCTION: A. Random Houses Webster’s College Dictionary defines “bold” as 1) not hesitating or fearful in the face of danger – courageous; or 2) scorning or ignoring the rules of propriety; forward; impudent 1. In one manner of speaking ...read more
Contributed on Feb 6, 2006
The purpose of this mesage is to show believers the qualities of Christian Courage and encourage believers to tell the gospel story with truth and courage.
CHRISTIAN COURAGE* Acts 4:1-14 INTRODUCTION: A. As I study a book of the Bible or a particular passage I do a lot of reading in commentaries. 1. Three of my favorites are The Pulpit Commentary, The Biblical Illustrator, and The Preacher’s Homiletic Commentary. 2. They each have ...read more
Contributed on Feb 20, 2006
The Lord warned of persecution on His behalf - this is Our Portion. This passage provides an excellent example of how Christians and the Church should react to it.
OUR PORTION Acts 4:23-31 INTRODUCTION: A. Acts 4:23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. 1. There has been quite a bit of fall out over one little healing and the preaching of the gospel. a. In ...read more
Contributed on May 21, 2006
A unified chruch will bring praise and honor to the Lord. In turn God will bless the church for their unity.
THE BOOK OF ACTS – WHEN LIFE IS ABOUT GOD Marks of Unity Acts 4:32-37 INTRODUCTION: A. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! David declared in Psalm 133:1 1. There is nothing better than a church, a group of brethren, who dwell together in ...read more
Contributed on May 21, 2006
Hypocritical ways hurt the church and the name of Christ. This message is intended to shed light on our hypocritical ways and encourage us to put them away through repentance, confession and forsaking.
A HYPODERMIC FOR HYPOCRISY Acts 5:1-16 INTRODUCTION: A. Open with a short skit at a bus stop - Good morning, how are you? - Fine, how about you? - I’m doing well thank you. - While were just standing here waiting for the bus, would you mind if I asked you a question? - ...read more
Contributed on Aug 17, 2008
This message is meant to emphasis the need for salvation and the means of a life changing experience. Not as just a single point in time but over an entire life time.
A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE Acts 9:1-22 INTRODUCTION: A. I read an article on line at topachiever.com the other day written by Gail Elliott, president of Innovations. 1. The title of the article was Life Changing Experiences. 2. She was talking about one of those really bad hair ...read more
Contributed on Aug 26, 2008
This message is intended to help us, the church, to see areas of support that we need to strengthen and, then draw us to make commitments to do just that.
CHURCH SUPPORT Acts 9:19-31 INTRODUCTION: A. What do these pictures have in common? 1. They all have support – that which holds up the rest of the structure (Use a collage of different items with supports such as overpasses, bridges, etc.) 2. And in a spiritual sense the church ...read more
Contributed on Aug 31, 2008
The purpose of this message is to help us understand that the church is to minister to all walks of life and all kinds of people as God gives us the opportunity and to encourage us to reach out to the needy in our communities.
THE MINISTRY OF A CHILD OF GOD Acts 9:32-43 INTRODUCTION: A. The summer Olympics ended this past week in Beijing, China. 1. And it is natural for the games to be nationalistic – we each root for those who are of our own nation taking pride in those who win a. Who could not shout ...read more
Contributed on Sep 8, 2008
This is a two part message inteneded to show the absolute need we have for the Holy Spirit’s presence in evangelism. God uses us in the process, but it is His work from start to finish.
BIBLICAL LESSONS CONCERNING EVANGELISM Acts 10:1-48 INTRODUCTION: A. Evangelism – What are we to think? 1. For some Evangelism is a program dilemma. a. Just a quick look in our own Lifeway catalog sets the tone 1) Faith 2) The NET 3) Share Jesus Without ...read more
Contributed on Sep 15, 2008
This message is intended to help us see the necessity of God in evangelism and to encourage us to join Him in spreading the Gospel.
BIBLICAL LESSONS CONCERNING EVANGELISM PART 2 Acts 10:1-48 INTRODUCTION: A. Last week we began this message entitled Biblical Lessons Concerning Evangelism. 1. As I thought about it I wondered how many of us consider ourselves to be evangelists? a. The Greek word translated ...read more
Contributed on Sep 22, 2008
The purpose of this message is to help us see that we don’t want to put God or our ministry in a box and to prepare us for what God just might want to do through us in the future.
BREAKING OUT OF THE BOX Acts 11:1-18 INTRODUCTION: A. How should we go about ministry and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ? 1. Most people who are Christians would have an answer to that question 2. The answers, for the most part would probably be predictable a. If I had ...read more