Acts 1:12-26. Have you ever been betrayed by someone you considered a friend? It happens in our personal lives, but it also happens in the local church. We all have had friends at church who seemingly believed as we do, but ended up abandoning the faith. Historically, we call these individuals “apostates.” What are we to do about these apostates? Is there hope for reconciliation?
Acts 1:9-11. While many Christians love Christmas and Easter due to a focus on the incarnation or resurrection, many forget the crowning moment of Jesus’ ministry - His Ascension. In this sermon we tackle three big questions: 1. What is the Ascension? 2. How did the Ascension affect the Apostles? 3. Why does the Ascension matter to us?
Acts 1:6-8. The time has come for Jesus to ascend to His Heavenly throne and leave His Apostles on earth. The Apostles ask one last pressing question on their hearts. Jesus’ answer to their question describes the timing, message, and scope of His Kingdom.
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?
Matthew 16:18-19. Who is the Rock of the Church? What is the power of the Church? Many of the foundational questions regarding the Church are answered in Jesus' first words on the matter to Peter.
James 1:22-25. There are two types of Bible readers in the world: 1. That that only read the Bible 2. Those who read and do the Bible. James calls us to put our faith into practice by actually living what we read and not being a hypocritical observer of the Word.
James 1:19-21. Do you struggle with anger? Sometimes we can write off anger as just part of our personality, but James teaches us that anger is much more than a character fault, rather it is abominable to God and must be put away from us just as any other sin.
On this reformation Sunday we discuss the importance of this day in particular what was accomplished 500 years ago by men like Martin Luther who taught justification was by faith and faith alone. We are unable to add anything to the salvation that was made possible by Jesus and accessed by us through faith. Text is Romans 5:1-2.