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  • Simon The Sorcerer Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Feb 23, 2003
    based on 95 ratings
     | 19,031 views

    The Spirit isn’t a commodity we command but a Person Who commands us.

    Conversions in the Book of Acts> “Simon the Sorcerer” Acts 8:9-24 Pastor Bob Leroe, Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus, Massachusetts People are attracted to entertainment with dazzling special effects. Simon the Sorcerer amazed the people of Samaria with his impressive tricks and ...read more

  • Two Conversion Stories Series

    Contributed by John Hamby on Dec 18, 2000
    based on 64 ratings
     | 3,390 views

    Two examples of religious decisions one false conversion (Simon the Sorcerer) and one true conversion (Ethiopian Treasurer).

    Two Conversion Stories Acts 8:5-40 The hero of Acts chapter 8 is Philip. Philip was one of the seven chosen to oversee the distribution of relief to the widows. Philip is the first person and the only person in the New Testament called an evangelist (Acts 21:8). It is interesting to consider ...read more

  • The Book Of Acts, Part 12- Counterfeit Faith; Simon The Sorcerer Series

    Contributed by Mark Strauss on May 4, 2006
    based on 18 ratings
     | 12,944 views

    In Acts 8 we meet just such a leader. •A man with a following; a man who is viewed by those around him as powerful and dynamic and charismatic. •Yet whose spirituality is just as phony as David Koresh or Marshall Applewhite.

    Counterfeit Faith Simon the Sorcerer; 8:9-25 It was Nov. 18, 1978. Congressman Leo Ryan from San Francisco had decided to fly a fact-finding mission to a place called Jonestown Guyana, South America. His mission is to investigate alleged human rights abuses at a religious cult known as the ...read more

  • Slave To Sin Or Slave To Righteousness

    Contributed by Chris Tiller on Nov 17, 2005
    based on 54 ratings
     | 5,205 views

    Simon the Sorcerer showed wrong understanding and wrong motivation in his desire to purchase the gift of the Spirit. Some times bad examples make good teachers.

    Luke is a story-teller, a narrator, a writer of historical biography. Paul, in his letters, provides guidance and encouragement through mostly through direct teaching—exposing false teachings and explaining right understanding. Luke, in his gospel and in Acts, provides guidance and encouragement ...read more

  • False Faith/Counterfeit Christianity

    Contributed by Billy Ricks on Oct 15, 2005
    based on 29 ratings
     | 4,136 views

    Simon the sorcerer is an illustration of Counterfeit Christianity or false faith. It begins with a false self perception, and foolish pride. Trying to show folks that the rituals we use in the church do not save, instead it is the life changing presence

    Intro: Online Encyclopedia, Wikipedia this to say about Counterfits “Today the finest counterfeit banknotes are claimed to be U.S. dollar bills produced in North Korea, which are used to finance the North Korean government, among other uses. The fake North Korean copies are called ...read more

  • Simony, Nepotism And Cronyism- Oh My!

    Contributed by Davon Huss on Jan 24, 2006
    based on 7 ratings
     | 2,932 views

    A sermon on corruption in the church based on the story of Simon the Sorcerer in Acts 8. (Thanks to SermonCentral Contributors and Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page)

    Sermon for 1/22/2006 Acts 8:4-25 Introduction: In February 2001, Adam Burtle, a 20 year old student at the University of Washington put his soul up for auction on eBay. The ad read: "Hardly used. I make no warranties as to the condition of my soul. As of now it is near mint condition, with ...read more

  • What Are Positive And Negative Ways That Power Is Utilized

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 9 ratings
     | 1,105 views

    1. Saul abused his religious powers in persecuting Christians, the early church and encouraging othe

    1. Saul abused his religious powers in persecuting Christians, the early church and encouraging others to have Stephen put to death for preaching Christ. Since such a prominent figure as Paul practiced persecution, many people wrongly followed his example by whipping up opposition to growth of ...read more

  • Pentecost For The Samaritans

    Contributed by J. Yeargin on Sep 2, 2004
    based on 4 ratings
     | 892 views

    Short outline for a devotional setting.

    Prophesied by Jesus – Acts 1:8 Fulfilled by Phillip – Acts 8:5 Conditions in Samaria: Simon the Sorcerer – vs. 9 - 11 Phillip preached Christ – Vs. 5 The multitudes reacted: 1. Accepted the Word 2. Unified into one accord 3. Experienced miracles 4. Many were ...read more

  • Simon: Bargainer Extrordinaire Series

    Contributed by Troy Borst on Jan 23, 2001
    based on 65 ratings
     | 1,817 views

    A sermon adapted from an IVP Bible study by C. Nystrom

    SIMON: BARGAINER EXTRORDANAIRE ACTS 8:9-25 OPENING ILLUSTRATION…Dale Crowell’s bargainer attitude I cannot help, tonight, to think of one of my supervisors I had during college. I worked at the Groundskeeping shop to help pay my way through school. The second supervisor I had was ...read more

  • What The Devils Believe

    Contributed by David Goering on Sep 2, 2018
    based on 1 rating
     | 332 views

    what the devils believe and how their belief affects them.

    SCRIPTURE: James 2:19 "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." Matthew 8:29 "And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?" Mark 1:24 "Saying, Let ...read more

  • About Tomorrow

    Contributed by Paul Redwine on Jan 2, 2004
    based on 6 ratings
     | 1,106 views

    When we pursue the future without striving to do God’s will, we practice arrogance. This sermon discusses three areas of selfish pursuit.

    About Tomorrow, James 4:13-17 Paul Redwine, Northside Christian Church, Sunday, August 24, 2003 Introduction We often put too much emphasis on the future, thinking that our plans are the best for us, without even considering the Lord’s will. This is arrogant. [TEXT] James ...read more

  • Christian Living

    Contributed by Selvan John on Jan 16, 2009
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,552 views

    It is about the Lord’s help and three kinds of living in Christ.

    Christian Living On behalf of my family and the ministry I wish you all a blessed and prosperous new year. Early in the morning I want to place before you the promise for the year. It is taken from the book of Isaiah chapter 41 and verse 10. It says, “I will strengthen you and help you; I will ...read more

  • Taking A Stand Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Mar 13, 2004
    based on 66 ratings
     | 8,078 views

    Peter’s response to Simon seems a bit harsh... until you realize what Simon really needed in his life.

    OPEN: In February 2001, Adam Burtle, a 20 year old student at the University of Washington put his soul up for auction on eBay. The ad read: "Hardly used. I make no warranties as to the condition of my soul. As of now it is near mint condition, with only minor scratches. Due to difficulties ...read more

  • Four Kinds Of Church Members

    Contributed by Selvan John on Feb 4, 2008
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,333 views

    This sermon examines the kind of church members we are...what kind are we tired, tiresome, retired, tireless...? Check out!

    This is just an insight for anyone who considers being part of a church & calling themselves as church members. Don’t stop go on and read-you might be one in the category I describe - for the first time church goers or followers of Christ were called as Christians at Antioch Acts11:26 since then I ...read more

  • True And False Repentance

    Contributed by Ed Wood on Jul 4, 2008
    based on 4 ratings
     | 3,303 views

    A message examining repentance and motives.

    TRUE AND FALSE REPENTANCE Matthew 3:5-8 INTRO: There would never have been a false if there hadn’t been a true. Counterfeit money is made because there is good money. Hypocrites are the opposite of true Christians, and their very existence proves ...read more