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?
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?
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.
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?
Corinthians 9:19-23. What does it mean to live on mission? We know the mission is to make disciples from Matthew 28, but how do we make that a priority in our lives? Paul shows us in I Corinthians 9 that the mission was the reason for his many sacrifices.
Psalm 42. Spiritual depression might not be talked about among Christians, but it is a major problem in our churches. So many Christians silently struggle with spiritual depression due to being fearful or embarrassed about their emotional state. Yet, David writes about his depression in Psalm 42 and gives us much insight into how a Christian is to battle their spiritual depression.
Jonah 4. Everyone wants to have an impact for Christ, but we cannot reach our community without a heart for the city. In the book of Jonah we see a beautiful example of a heart for the city, although not from the prophet.
Philippians 2:3-4. We all need community. We were created with that deep need to be in relationship with other people. The local church is supposed to be where we can find healthy community. Many churches are far from it though, so how can we help our church be a healthy community?
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.
Romans 12:1-2. All of us want to know what God's will is? Yet, many of us think of His will as lost and in need of being found. Is God's will lost? Or is it right in front of us?
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.