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Sermons on Acts

A Tale of Two Cities

Throughout Paul’s ministry, there were many times where he was either accepted or rejected as he entered cities. In Acts 17, Paul went to Thessolonica, where he was not warmly welcomed by the Jews. A mob was formed and they had him removed from the city. They then went to Berea, where Paul went and taught in the synagogue. The Jews of Berea “received the word with all eagerness”, and examined the Scriptures daily to see if what Paul taught was true. Many believed because of these things. We can compare these two cities and gain valuable information. The Bereans received the word with all eagerness and continually searched the scriptures for wisdom, where the Thessalonians did not like the message that Paul taught and rather hated them. The Bereans set a good example before us in how re can better understand the Word of God, and gain wisdom from reading His Word.

The Philippian Jailer

After Paul and Silas’ encounter with the slave girl earlier on, they get imprisoned in Philippi. While in prison, there was a great earthquake that shook the doors open, which allowed Paul and Silas to escape. The jailer saw that the doors were wide open and was about to kill himself, when Paul cried out to him and showed the jailer that they were still there. After that, the jailer asked what he had to do to be saved. Paul told the jailer that he had to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and he and his household would be saved. In today’s sermon, we look at the conversion of the jailer, and what we can take from this message and how it can to apply to our own conversion and our own lives after we are saved.

The Slave Girl

Today we take a look at Acts 16:16-24, where Paul and Silas encounters the slave girl in Philippi. The slave girl followed both Paul and Silas for many days, proclaiming that they were servants of the Most High God, proclaiming the way to salvation. Paul became annoyed and commanded the spirit to come out of the slave girl. This, then led the slave owners to get angry at Paul which then led to them being sent to prison. In this passage, we look at Paul’s response to the girl’s condition and what it means, as well as what else we can take from this encounter in how we associate with others, even if they profess Christ, but don’t walk in the ways of Christ.

The Salvation of Lydia

In this part of the book of Acts 16 we look at the individual life of a woman named Lydia. We see who she was and where she was spiritually, and how she was a worshiper of God. As she listened to Paul speak, God opened her heart to listen to his words. She then believed and was baptized, and right away started to bear fruit. We see that Lydia was not far from the kingdom of God, similar to what is said in Mark 12 up until Paul came and spoke, and as we study this passage also see how it is effective for us.

Paul and Barnabas Split

In this section of Acts 15, we see Paul and Barnabas decide to split up and go different ways over sharp disagreement. What did this disagreement look like? Does it give us reason to break fellowship in light of disagreements? We can look at the character of Paul and Barnabas and the background of this split and what it means, and also what it means for us as believers. We learn that this split in ministry does not mean there was a break in fellowship, and that it doesn’t mean the disagreement was in anger or sin. God used this separation to double the ministry to the church as Mark followed Barnabas and Silas followed Paul. We can learn from this situation things like each believer not being meant for the same ministry, and that we should encourage others and support them in their ministry, so long as it is a biblical ministry.

An Important Question

In Acts 15, the leaders of the early church come together to discuss and address a question that arose within the church: as a Gentile, can you turn directly to Jesus as the savior of the world? Or, must you become a Jew first to turn to Jesus? In this section of scripture, we explore the points that were discussed on why there is no need for Gentiles to become Jews (and therefore require circumcision), and why we can turn directly to Christ in faith, and not relying on any works to earn us salvation.

The Boldness of the Apostle Paul

Today we take a look at Acts 14 and what it means to speak boldly as Paul and Barnabas did in Iconium. We see how Paul left a great example for us by courageously preaching the Word, despite being persecuted, and their commitment to the truth, like we see after Paul being stoned, yet returning to continue to speak the Word. When Paul spoke, he didn’t beat around the bush either as he boldly proclaimed the gospel and taught the truth.

Paul’s Sermon

In our last part of studying Acts 13, we get to the first documented sermon by Paul. In his sermon, he talks about God’s faithfulness to Israel, starting with the patriarchs and His faithfulness of taking the people of Israel from Egypt and how God has never abandoned his people. He then goes on to […]

Opposition

In our continued study of Acts 13, we read on about Paul and Barnabas going into Cyprus, and their encounter with the Proconsul, Sergius Paulus, and Elymas (or Bar-Jesus), who was with the Proconsul. In their encounter with these two men, we see Elymas trying to turn Sergius from the faith followed by Paul’s rebuke. Learning from this encounter, we can also come to see that there are many people out their who may be an “Elymas” to us and try to steer us from the truth. But the teaching of the Lord holds us firm in His hands, and we see the evidence of this in the faith the Proconsul received.

God’s Process

In the beginning of our study of Acts 13, we see the Holy Spirit say to set apart Barnabas and Saul “for the work to which I have called them.” In this sermon, we explore the foundation and path that God laid before Saul and some of what he went through for the sake of the gospel. We can see the faithfulness of God towards Saul in the ministry that he gave to Saul, and through this we can learn to be faithful ourselves, to trust in God for what is to come, and to be content with wherever we are at today