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  • Exposing The Spirit Of The Pharasee

    Contributed by Darrell Vaughn on Mar 26, 2010
    based on 129 ratings
     | 14,913 views

    Exposing the truth of the way of the master

    OPENING STORY: “I heard (this story) from a man who works with the down-and-out in Chicago: he stated A prostitute came to me in wretched straits, homeless, sick, unable to buy food for her two-year-old daughter. Through sobs and tears, she told me she had been renting out her daughter – two ...read more

  • God’s Amazing Grace Series

    Contributed by Chris Jordan on Dec 6, 2009
    based on 10 ratings
     | 4,223 views

    The Bible teaches that we are saved by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. However, we must beware the spirit of the Pharisee, because they will try to keep you from experiencing God’s grace.

    SUPERNATURAL #16: GOD’S AMAZING GRACE OPENING STORY: “I heard (this story) from a friend who works with the down-and-out in Chicago: A prostitute came to me in wretched straits, homeless, sick, unable to buy food for her two-year-old daughter. Through sobs and tears, she told me she had been ...read more

  • Working Through Conflict

    Contributed by Timothy Craver on Aug 11, 2008
    based on 10 ratings
     | 5,358 views

    Looking at the Jerusalem Council, we see conceopts to help us work through conflict.

    3 weeks ago, I spoke on the topic of conflict and how to prevent unnecessary disputes. I want to return to the topic of conflict today, but I’ll be taking a different approach this time. Whereas three weeks ago I talked about how to stop conflict before it starts, today I’ll be talking about how ...read more

  • Country Club To Church: The Mission

    Contributed by Matthew Morine on Mar 3, 2008
    based on 6 ratings
     | 2,437 views

    Tired of the church being more like a Country Club than the Body of Christ. Here is a 1st century conflict that parallels a 21st Century conflict. This sermon will help the congregation break the mold of this false vision for a Church.

    COUNTRY CLUB TO CHURCH: THE MISSION THEME: FUNCTIONING AS A CHURCH WITH THE OUTSIDER IN MIND. TEXT: ACTS 15:1-11 While I was at Hartsville Pike church of Christ, one of the church members invited me along on a weekday morning to pay golf at the private Gaylord Springs Country club. Rick ...read more

  • Dispute And Debate In The Church

    Contributed by Steve Shepherd on Jan 14, 2008
    based on 87 ratings
     | 7,640 views

    From this text, we get a few ideas of what to do whenever disputes arise in the church. 1- Legalism always leads to trouble 2- Trouble should be handled by the leaders 3- Leaders must always follow God’s Spirit

    INTRO.- ILL.- A married couple were arguing with one another. The husband said, "Don’t you remember promising to love, honor and obey me?" His wife, "Yes, but what else could I do, I was in church!" ILL.- A wife said, "Dear, could I have some spending money?" Husband, "Money, money, money. ...read more

  • A Critical Crossroads

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Dec 7, 2006
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,656 views

    The church was at a critical crossroads in it’s history. Would they remain a Jewish sect, or would they embrace the full radical doctrine of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ?

    Passage: Acts 15:1-21 Intro: The other day I saw a man polishing the wheels of his car. He was working hard, and the wheel cover he was working on looked very good. 1. but I glanced up at the open drivers side door, where I saw duct tape outlining a hole in the dashboard, other issues. 2. but ...read more

  • Avoiding Costly Mistakes At All Costs - Tolerance Series

    Contributed by Don Jones on Sep 30, 2006
    based on 34 ratings
     | 4,411 views

    The fourth message in the series deals with tolerance. It focuses on inconsistent behaviors that tell others we are "not of God"

    Avoiding Costly Mistakes At All Costs - Tolerance Acts 15:1-29; Galatians 2:11-14 Pastor Don Jones West Glendale Baptist Church We live in a world today that expects tolerance; tolerance of alternate life-styles, tolerance of other religions, and tolerance of others habits and sexual ...read more

  • The Council At Jerusalem Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Oct 25, 2005
    based on 23 ratings
     | 7,126 views

    At the first Council of teh Church, held in Jerusalem it was affirmed that the preaching of the gospel brings freedom because the gospel is all about the grace of God, the freely given forgiveness won by Christ on the cross.

    What are we on about as a Church? How do we decide what’s central to our life together? What is there that we must have if we’re to be a truly Christian Church? What are the guiding principles that govern our life together? They’re the sorts of questions that arise out of today’s passage from ...read more

  • The Jerusalem Council Series

    Contributed by Russell Rhodes on Sep 3, 2005
    based on 6 ratings
     | 2,158 views

    This is the study of the Jerusalem Council and the 17th study in the Bookl of Acts

    The Jerusalem Council Acts 15:1-35 Acts # 17 In this chapter we will see conflict within the church. We will look at what is known as the Jerusalem Council. This is the first major conflict of the church. This was a conflict about Salvation. This conflict was asking the question of how a ...read more

  • When Jesus Said "It Is Finished", He Meant It! Series

    Contributed by Rich Dunbar on Jul 11, 2005
    based on 32 ratings
     | 4,261 views

    This sermon looks at three things we risk losing if we don’t recognize and affirm the sufficiency of Jesus sacrifice alone for our salvation.

    So many times we have trouble realizing the full impact of something that has taken place. Historically we have seen it happen time and time again. Here are two examples that each of us can relate to. When Henry Ford went to a bank to seek a loan to begin his automobile company the banker told ...read more

  • What Does It Take? [gospel - Assurance - Simple - Simplicity - Faith]

    Contributed by Jerry Shirley on Jun 28, 2005
    based on 154 ratings
     | 11,813 views

    Gospel pollution and what it takes to truly be saved. Link included to Formatted Text, Powerpoint, and Handout.

    What Does It Take? Acts 15:1-11 If someone were to walk up to you on the street and ask you out of the blue, “how can I be saved?”, what would you say? Would you know how to answer them? What would you say it would take for them to be born again? This is no small question…for the correct ...read more

  • How To Be Completely Irreligious (And Completely Pleasing To God) Acts - 24 Series

    Contributed by Jeff Christopherson on Jan 17, 2005
    based on 6 ratings
     | 1,640 views

    How to be less religious and more spiritual...

    How to be completely irreligious (and completely pleasing to God) Acts Series: “Completely Irreligious, Yet Radically Christian” Part 24 Pastor Jeff Christopherson June 29, 2003 Acts 15:1-35 re•li•gion: ri-’li-j&n, from Latin religio supernatural constraint, sanction, ...read more

  • The Scourge Of Legalism Series

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Sep 16, 2004
    based on 58 ratings
     | 2,822 views

    The problem with legalism is: 1. It turns a relationship of love into a religion of laws. 2. It turns people from encouragers into fault-finders. 3. It emphasizes outward conformity rather than inner transformation.

    What an interesting story about the early church The Word of God has just spread to the Gentiles (non-Jews and people from other lands), and they have responded enthusiastically to its message. There were thrilling stories of healings, miracles and dramatic conversions. These new converts were ...read more

  • The Church Takes A Stand

    Contributed by John Kapteyn on Dec 16, 2003
    based on 95 ratings
     | 6,476 views

    Introduction 1. Today we consider at one of the most crucial decisions in the history of the church of Jesus Christ. Iit took place 1950 years ago - in the year 49AD. Today we are also facing what amounts to the same crucial decision. Within the RCA and within many denominations. As we consider ...read more

  • Legalism And Grace

    Contributed by Melvin Shelton on Jul 13, 2003
    based on 53 ratings
     | 3,935 views

    Where the law cannot save, Grace can

    Legalism and grace. Acts 15. 08/18/02 On the first missionary journey of Paul there were attacks on his body. Satan thought with enough stoning with enough beating with rods, he would quit the ministry. None of these stopped this great man of God, so the Devil was going to have to go ...read more