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Sermons from October 2017

Sola Scriptura (Part 1)

As we approach the coming of the 500th year anniversary of the reformation, we are taking a break from Acts to study the Five Solas of reformed theology, starting in 2 Timothy 3:16-17. We look at the first Sola, Sola Scriptura, or “Scripture Alone”, what that means, and what it meant for the reformers as they broke off from the Roman Catholic church.

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.