Sermon Series

  • 1. Accepting The Challenge

    Contributed on Feb 23, 2011
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    Will the church accept the challenge of Christ to share the Gospel to the ends of the earth?

    "Accepting the Challenge" (Acts 1:1-11) INTRODUCTION Now that Christ was physically gone, he gave the disciples (and the church) their "job description." * Matthew 28:18-20 * Mark 16:15-16 * John 20:21 The perpetual message and challenge for believers is to go and transform the ...read more

  • 2. The Kind Of Person God Uses To Transform The World

    Contributed on Feb 23, 2011
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    What kind of person does God use to change his/her community with the Gospel?

    INTRODUCTION * God has chosen to accomplish his task of redemption through the efforts of...YOU AND ME! * We have been appointed and chosen to change the world. John 15:16 1 Cor. 12:28 Eph. 4:11 * Before God can use us for this mission, we must become "usable." The kind of person God uses ...read more

  • 3. Doing The Impossible

    Contributed on Mar 6, 2011
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    This sermon explains how the disciples (and the church today) were able to do a seemingly impossible task: taking the Gospel to the world

    * Assignment from Acts 1:8 is impossible in Acts 1 because the disciples have no spiritual power to help them * Explain Holy Spirit’s role, pre-Acts 2 (came upon isolated individuals or small groups for a specific purpose or on a special occasion) * Disciples know the facts about Jesus but lack ...read more

  • 4. Divine Dynamite

    Contributed on Mar 7, 2011
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     | 1,876 views

    This is a sermon on the power of God (divine dynamite) and what it can do

    * Dynamite = power // Divine Dynamite = power of God * What we mean when we say we need to "live in the power of God" or we need to have the power of God: the ability to act in a situation so as to produce an effect or to exercise authority over something or someone * Living in God’s power means ...read more

  • 5. Why You Need The Church

    Contributed on Mar 7, 2011
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    This sermon explains three reasons why every believer needs the church

    * The church doesn’t need us in order to be the church nearly as much as we need the church in order to be the person God created us to be. * The importance of the church is based upon its mission * Wrong question: "What can the church do for me?" // Right question: "What can I do for the ...read more

  • 6. A Changed Church Changes The World

    Contributed on Mar 7, 2011
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    This sermon explains a few lessons about how a changed church can change the world

    * Change: to make the form, content, future course, etc., of something different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone; a transformation or modification; alteration * Change is often resisted in the church. Yet one could sum up a church’s purpose with one word: change - We must ...read more

  • 7. Dealing With Difficulty

    Contributed on Mar 7, 2011
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    This sermon focuses on the first persecution of the church and helps us understand how to deal with difficulty today

    * When something big happens, new people come out (i.e, winning the lottery) * There’s both a positive and negative reaction when God does something big (he just did something big in the first church) * Jesus warned that persecution and adversity would occur (John 15:18-19) * Text: First ...read more

  • 8. The Message Of The Church

    Contributed on Mar 7, 2011
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    This sermon examines what the message of the church should consist of.

    * The "real" message a church sends determines that church’s reputation - If always bickering and fighting, the message is sent: "We don’t like each other...or you." - If always doing things for self, the message is sent: "It’s all about us, not you." - If never reaching out, the message is ...read more

  • 9. The Facts Of Church Life

    Contributed on Mar 13, 2011
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    Acts 4:32 - 5:11 reveals some facts about church life, both the good and the bad.

    * "You take the good, you take bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life." * Scripture does not omit the "bad" aspects of various people (i.e., Noah, Moses, David, Jonah, Elijah) * The church in Acts has been all "good" so far: the Holy Spirit’s arrival; multiple conversions; ...read more

  • 10. How The World Was Won

    Contributed on Mar 13, 2011
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    By studying how the church in Acts won so many souls the church today can learn how to be faithful and fruitful in our mission.

    * The primary task of the church must be to carry on the work that Christ began. * His work = Luke 19:10 * Of all the "work" the church does, evangelism (reaching the world with the gospel) is the only duty of the church that cannot be better done in heaven! * The church in Acts understood their ...read more

  • 11. Growing Pains

    Contributed on Mar 13, 2011
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    The early church’s response to an internal problem teaches the contemporary church some valuable lessons.

    * The dramatic growth of the early church: last count (4:4) around 5,000 men (probably around 20,000 total) * Such growth led to a “good” problem: many more needed to be ministered to than there were people to minister * The 12 did not have the ability to both effectively deliver the Word and ...read more

  • 12. The First

    Contributed on Mar 14, 2011
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    Stephen, the first Christian martyr, teaches us how we can be prepared to live and die for Christ.

    * Our culture’s love of records and stats (i.e., longest hitting streak; first to land on moon; etc.) * Our culture’s love of “firsts” = they set the standard and give an example to everyone who will ever follow them * Stephen’s role as one among those who did something first...the first ...read more

  • 13. The Persecuted Church

    Contributed on Mar 16, 2011
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    (Preached on July 4th): This message focuses on the first church-wide persecution in Acts. Attention is given to the implications the Gospel has for believers as members of both God's kingdom and a country.

    * The difficulty in approaching a July 4th message: - We sometimes "read" America into Scripture when we shouldn't - Bible doesn't reference America as a country of predict the events of July, 1776 * If we're not careful, we end up using today to exalt a nation instead of Christ - We do not ...read more

  • 14. Faith That Is Worthless

    Contributed on Mar 16, 2011
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    This sermon examines the worthless faith of Simon. It explains why his faith was worthless and how we can avoid a worthless faith today.

    * Popular notion: "As long as you believe something you'll be okay before God." * It is possible to believe in the wrong person or to believe the wrong thing. * When this occurs, faith becomes worthless; when what or who we have faith in is not correct * Examples of worthless faith... - People ...read more

  • 15. When God Speaks

    Contributed on Mar 16, 2011
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    In this text, Philip gives us an example of how we, as the people of God, should interact with God when he speaks to us today.

    * The power of words (use examples of powerful words) * The power of God's words ("God said" is used over 1000 times in Scripture) - Creation: "And God said" -- "and it was so" - Jesus raised the dead when he spoke - Jesus calmed the sea when he spoke - Jesus drove out evil spirits and healed ...read more

  • 16. Before Optimus Prime...

    Contributed on Mar 16, 2011
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    This message looks at the lessons we can learn from the conversion of Saul.

    * "Transformers" = "more than meets the eye" * Concept of transformation: a complete change; to change into another form (inward and outward) which, under the power of God, will find expression in character and conduct * 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18 * The man who wrote more about ...read more

  • 17. How To Be A Servant

    Contributed on Mar 16, 2011
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    Peter's example in this text reveals to us some qualities of who a servant is and what a servant does.

    * Concept of serving others and God is woven throughout Scripture * Why serving others/God is important: - It's commanded (Gal. 5:13) - Service to God is linked to worship (Matt. 4:10) - When we serve others, we are actually serving God (Matt. 25:40) - When we serve others, we follow Jesus' ...read more

  • 18. Pride & Prejudice

    Contributed on Mar 16, 2011
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    Peter came to a point where he was able to overcome his prejudice. This sermon examines how he came to that point, and shares how we can get there, too.

    * "The most segregated house in America is 11:00 on Sunday." * The reality/existence of prejudice in Christianity and the church... * Prejudice in the church takes many forms... * Not a new issue for the church to face: it has existed for almost as long as the church itself * The problem that ...read more

  • 19. Real Christians

    Contributed on Mar 17, 2011
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    The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch. This message takes a look at what a "real," biblical Christian looks like and does.

    * Explain how the meanings of many words have changed over time (i.e., spam; cell; wicked; awful; etc.) * How the meaning of "Christian" has changed: today there are many "types" of Christians (i.e., active/inactive; marginal; radical; involved/uninvolved; secret; casual; etc.) * The most ...read more

  • 20. Why God Cannot Be Defeated

    Contributed on Mar 17, 2011
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    Acts 12 records another attempt of Satan to defeat God and his plan for the church. However, God cannot be defeated. This sermon explains why.

    * Concept of being undefeated: a rare occurrence - Only 1 NFL team; 7 NCAA basketball teams; no NBA or MLB teams * Being undefeated symbolizes that no one was able to be better, play harder, or accomplish more * It's practically impossible to always be undefeated: the longer you play, the less ...read more

  • 21. What A Biblical Church Looks Like

    Contributed on Mar 17, 2011
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    The church in Antioch was filled with "real" Christians and shows us what a biblical church looks like.

    * The book of Acts holds up a mirror to our church today so we can get an accurate picture of how well we are functioning as a biblical church. * Many outward things about the church has changed in 2000 years, but what the church is and what we are to do has not...nor will it ever. * Yet a ...read more

  • 22. Jesus, According To Paul

    Contributed on Aug 4, 2011
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    This sermon explores the Apostle Paul's understanding of the person of Jesus Christ

    INTRODUCTION * Paul’s life before Christ and after Christ - from persecuting the church to planting churches - from arresting Christians physically to arresting unbelievers spiritually - from hindering the work of Christ to hindering the work of Satan - from being openly opposed to ...read more

  • 23. Are You A Spectator Or A Participant?

    Contributed on Aug 4, 2011
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    This sermon focuses on whether believers will simply watch others accomplish God's mission or if they will actually take part in accomplishing the mission of God

    INTRODUCTION * Difference between a spectator and a participant: - Spectator doesn’t understand all that’s involved in the game = participant does - Spectator doesn’t understand the true goal = participant does - Spectator falsely believes that he can make a different in the ...read more

  • 24. The Law Verses Grace

    Contributed on Oct 13, 2011
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    This sermon examines Paul's teaching on the law and grace

    INTRODUCTION * Text = a clash between those who want to strictly follow what they feel is the Law and those who want to abandon that Law and cling to God’s grace regarding salvation - the Covenant of Circumcision (Gen. 17) and Passover requirements (Ex. 12:48-49) * Some believed that the ...read more

  • 25. The Job Description Of A Life-Changer

    Contributed on Oct 13, 2011
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    In this message we'll examine the characteristics of the person God uses to change the lives of others

    INTRODUCTION * Purpose of a job description: describes responsibilities and expected actions of a person in a particular job setting...mostly imperative * A job description often defines a person - “What do you do?” - We do what we do because of who we are * The job description of ...read more

  • 26. The Change

    Contributed on Oct 13, 2011
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    What kind of change occurs in a person's heart when they accept Christ as Savior?

    INTRODUCTION * A subject often found in Acts: change - Christ changes the heart and status of a person before God, resulting in... - Christ calling the church and believers to change their culture with the Gospel * Focus is often on outward change because it’s visible: the presence of ...read more

  • 27. What God Does With Pain

    Contributed on Oct 13, 2011
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    In this message the "stages" of experiencing pain are examined, with the goal of God using our pain to point others to him

    INTRODUCTION * God’s sovereignty: he is in control of all; clearest demonstration of God’s sovereignty is making good come out of bad * How God demonstrated this in Scripture: - Joseph’s life (innocence - sold into servitude - rises in power in Egypt - incident with ...read more

  • 28. Paul's European Tour

    Contributed on Oct 13, 2011
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    This message looks at the lessons we can learn from Paul's teaching as he traveled throughout Europe with the Gospel message

    INTRODUCTION * Progression in the book of Acts: - started with a group of men, given a challenge by Christ to take the message of Christ to all the world - these and faithful to share that message, as were those they shared it with; a successive chain of evangelism - the growth/flourish of the ...read more

  • 29. Getting To Know God

    Contributed on Oct 13, 2011
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    This sermon focuses on how Paul revealed God's heart and desire at Athens

    INTRODUCTION * To know God biblically means to know him as the Bible reveals him, not as we imagine him or as someone portrays him * The importance of knowing God biblically: Proverbs 9:10 = knowing God helps us understand life better than if we do not know him biblically * The paradox of ...read more

  • 30. Moving To Commitment

    Contributed on Oct 13, 2011
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    In this message a contrast is drawn between involvement and commitment. Special attention is given to the need for commitment to be a part of God's plan.

    INTRODUCTION * Difference between involvement and commitment - involvement = to include as a condition; to engage or employ; to include - commitment = to give in trust; to pledge oneself to a position; to bind or obligate - involvement is partial; commitment is total - involvement means I take ...read more