We begin to read Acts 9 now, starting with the conversion of Saul and how he went from a man who was hostile to Jesus and His followers, to he himself being redeemed by God, and how God showed Saul grace and mercy, instead of seeking vengeance against him. We can see in this how we who believe were once spiritually blinded, but now by God’s grace can see.
As we continue to read through Acts 8, we can see how God acts sovereignly in the life of the Ethiopian Eunuch and how God ordained for Philip to speak to the eunuch, how Philip explained the scriptures he was reading, and the receptive response from the eunuch.
As we look at the example of Simon the Magician in Acts 8:9-24, we can learn from Simon and the response from Peter the error of Simon’s way and remember that our focus is to be on the grace of God, and that what we get from God cannot be earned or purchased.
Proceeding Stephen’s speech made to the Jews (Acts 7:1-53), Stephen was cast out of the city and stoned by those who opposed him. Here in Acts 7:54-60, we learn more about the Jews response and Stephen’s faithfulness as he endured to the end by the sustaining grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and what we can learn from this piece of God’s Word.
Stephen was accused by the Jews of blaspheme (Acts 6). Here he gives his defense, addressing the charges and proclaiming Christ as the redeemer.
The first part of a five-part series on the Doctrines of Grace
Paul tells us in Colossians 3:5 that we are to put to death what is earthly in us. In this sermon we consider why we must do so as well as examining what killing is in not.
What does it mean to be born of God? When does it happen? And what are the results? In this passage John explains the the new birth we have in Christ.
The prospect of judgment brings fear, but John wants us to know that if we abide in God’s love we can approach the day of judgment with confidence.
In this passage, John explains the work of the Holy Spirit in producing love in believers and giving them assurance of their salvation.