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Summary: You want to talk about preaching an unconventional message! Here was same crowd that had just demanded crucifixion of Jesus just weeks before! That did not bother Peter, he understood the bigger picture. Preach the Word Straight and to the point

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(I take no credit for original points in this sermon. Sermon has been adapted with my inspiration of flow and point structure as guided by the Holy Spirit)

TITLE: STRAIGHT NO CHASER

SCRIPTURE: ACTS 3:11-19

Straight No Chaser is way of ordering at a bar that tells the bartender you want your drink with nothing added to it. You don’t want anything to water it down. Just give it to you straight. You just want it strong, nothing to dilute it. You want to feel the full effects. You all are looking at me strange, it is something I read about in a magazine. When it comes to the Preached Word, that is how I want to hear it – Straight No Chaser. I am so tired of these:

• Make me feel good sermons

• Living your best life now sermons

• God is about to bless you sermons

• Spin around ten times and run out and touch your mail box sermons

• Life Coach sermons

We are witnessing what appears to be a great return to the local church. The problem is in the area of sticking to it! People are flocking to the ENTERTAINING – HIGH PRODUCTION – HIGH QUALITY BANDS – DYNAMIC WORSHIP LEADERS . Partnered with the delivery of a weak Word! Every month we witness another mega-ministry Pastor or Leader resigning or in the media for questionable lifestyle. We see people in the Church every week flocking to Church but make no Lifestyle changes. Can’t see Christ:

• In their Walk

• In their Talk

• In their Thinking

• In their Love of lack of it

• Walk down isle of Church and make a decision

• Just not quite sure what decision they are making

I want to jump right into the text this morning and examine probably what is considered the second greatest sermon delivered by Peter. Peter did not play around as he delivered this Gospel message. It was what I would consider Straight No Chaser.

• He was telling it like it is

• He preached to the point with love and understanding

• He touched on eternal destiny

• He delivered in a unique fashion

The setting for the sermon itself was rather unique. Most of us would have missed out on the opportunity to deliver the Word because of the audience. Preaching today is too much entertainment and noise.

• If we don’t have the right congregation we don’t want to preach

• We spend too much time preaching for Amen, the Response

• We spend too much time trying to preach in effort to get congregation emotional

• We spend too much time preaching trying to get another invitation somewhere

This event found in our text took place on Solomon’s Porch where a man who was once lame was now walking, dancing, and praising God. Text said he was holding on to Peter and John. People around were amazed and astonished as they watched this man that had been healed at the hands of the Apostles through the name of Jesus. Peter would take the rest of the chapter to preach the Word to the crowd. Can I tell you he knew it was not a Shouting Crowd – not an Amen Crowd – He would Preach harder than the crowd would respond.


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