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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?