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A Friend of Sinners

Matthew 9:9-13. What should our motivation be in fulfilling the Great Commission? Obedience simply for obedience is insufficient to satisfy our Lord’s directive. No, we must have the right motivation, we must view people as Jesus viewed them. We must love them as Jesus loved them. We must be a friend of sinners just as Jesus was a Friend of sinners.

An Overtaken Identity

Philippians 3:12-16. Identity is core of who we are, the foundation for how we act and feel. An identity rooted in the wrong things can lead to all sorts of suffering and depression. Paul tells us what we should be rooting our identity in as Christians. Our identity is in Jesus which enables us to move to Jesus through Jesus.

The Spirit and the Church: A Gospel Culture

Acts 2:42-47. Every place, every people group has a unique culture. Every church then has a culture. What should shape this culture? Should tradition? Should secular society? The concluding section of Luke’s recording of the founding of the church shows how the Gospel should be what shapes the culture of the local church.

The Spirit and the Church: Rhythms of Repentance

Acts 2:37-41. What does it mean to be converted to Christianity? Peter explains how one can come to saving faith in Christ through repentance, but this sincere repentance has ramifications in one’s life. There are rhythms to this repentance namely - baptism and church membership.

The Spirit and the Church: Jesus - The Better David

Acts 2:25-36. Peter’s last words to the Israelites in his most famous sermon is a concluding illustration. Peter shows how Jesus is qualified to be the Lord prophesied by Joel through demonstrating how Jesus fulfills the Davidic Covenant. Peter also uses David’s Messianic Psalms to show how “This Jesus” is the better David.

The Spirit and the Church: This Jesus

Acts 2:22-24. A question must have been resonating in the minds of Peter’s listeners following his recital of Joel’s prophecy. Who is this Lord who can save one from sin? The rest of Peter’s sermon is all about Jesus’ unique qualifications to be Lord. Tonight we look at 4 of these qualifications.

The Spirit and the Church: The First Sermon of the Last Days

Acts 2:14-21.  As Peter begins his first public sermon that we have accounted within the Scriptures, she states the importance of the moment. The arrival of the Holy Spirit is a fulfillment of prophecy, some of which is actually pretty devastating. The Last Days have begun. It from this introduction that the entirety of Peter’s message builds into what God used to see His Church established. Peter has much to recite from Joel regarding the Spirit, the last days, and the urgency of the mission of the Church.

The Spirit and the Church: Speaking in Tongues

Acts 2:1-13. Speaking in tongues is one of the most controversial subjects in Christianity and for good reason as it can be confusing to many. A variety of views are held by many who would claim Christ, so what are we to believe about it? Acts 2 provides many of the answers to the what, how, and why of speaking in tongues. 

The Spirit and the Church: Prologue Pt. 2

Acts 1:4-5. It’s often been said that the Book of Acts is really the story of the Holy Spirit. So it is interesting that He is introduced through the important term “baptism of the Holy Spirit.” But what exactly is this baptism?  Is it a secondary experience to salvation or something else? 

The Spirit and the Church: Prologue Pt. 1

Acts 1:1-3. The Book of Acts holds a special place of importance when it comes to the local church. Today we begin a slow journey through this wonderful book asking ourselves, “What does it mean to be the church?” The first 5 verses of this book help us to properly understand and interpret the rest of it. Today we begin with the first 3 verses.

Keep Christianity Weird

I Corinthians 1:26-31. We all know weird Christians. We all know needy Christians. When we look around the church, it becomes clear that the vast majority of Christians would fit into these categories. Why is this? Is Christianity a crutch for the weak or does God have a purpose in how He has composed the church? And should Christiniaty be rid of the weird aspects of our faith in order to get more people in the doors?