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Scripture: Acts 11:1-18

Sermon Title: The Life Saving Word of God

Introduction:  Following his time with Cornelius and his household, Peter returns to Jerusalem, and has to face accusations concerning his associations with the Gentiles.  He defends himself by telling them the story of his vision from God, and how God appeared to Cornelius instructing him to send messengers to bring him to his home. His defense is that he was simply obeying God and going where the Holy Spirit  led him and preaching to whomever he was instructed to preach to, showing no partiality.  Being God fearing themselves, they accepted Peter's defense, and the whole Church glorified God for having granted unto the Gentiles the same repentance unto life they themselves had received.

Principles:  

  1. Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can save man’s soul

  2. We don’t save people , Jesus does and we don’t determine who he saves

Scripture Readings

1 Timothy 3:8–13

Numbers 27:18-19

John 1:1–2

John 1:14

John 3:16–17

Philippians 2:8–11

Philippians 2:8–11

Romans 10:9

Scripture: Acts 11: 19-30

Sermon Title: Sharing the Gospel With Everyone We Meet

Introduction: After the stoning of Stephen and Saul’s persecution of the church, the believers scattered in all directions. For the most part, the Jewish Christians proclaimed the gospel to other Jews. Some, however, shared the news with anyone who would listen, including the Gentiles. We're told that a great number of them believed and this news made its way back to the church leaders at Jerusalem. This led the church to send Barnabas to Antioch.  When Barnabas saw the great work taking place there, he goes and gets Paul and brings him back to Antioch to help teach the people. This reintroduces Saul back into the Acts account.

Principles:  

  1. We have to share the Gospel with everyone

  2. We are to rejoice, and encourage people in the Lord when they give their lives to Jesus

  3. We all need help while laboring for the Lord

  4. We should always be ready and willing to help our brothers and sisters in Christ that are in need

Scripture Readings

Acts 9:26-27

Acts 26:28

1 Peter 4:16

2 Corinthians 5:17

Romans 10:9-10

Scripture: Acts 12:5-19

Sermon Title: The Power of Intercessory Prayer

Introduction: The Herod who initiates the third persecution of the believers is the grandson of Herod the Great, and he is the nephew of the Herod who beheaded John the Baptist. His harassment pleases the people and leads to the death of John’s brother, James. Now Herod seizes Peter and intends to execute him after the religious holidays. However, the execution was delayed because it was against Jewish law to have a trial or sentencing during the Passover. So, Peter was locked up and placed under heavy guard. The believers responded by appealing to God in prayer for his release. 

Principles:  

  1. We have to fervently pray for one another

  2. Prayer is a powerful tool that we should always use

  3. God is able to answer our prayers while we are still praying

  4. We need to share with one another what the Lord has done for us

Scripture Readings

Matthew 7:7-8

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Scripture: Acts 13:1-12

Sermon Title: Called by God for Ministry

Introduction: After Barnabas and Saul return from Jerusalem, where they had delivered relief funds (12:25), they are called by God to a special ministry. The commission is affirmed by the church, and they set off on their first missionary journey. Cyprus had a large Jewish population and Paul is able to proclaims the gospel in the Jewish synagogues and they travel all over the island. While traveling he meets the Roman governor of the province, a man named Sergius Paulus. At Paul’s word, the Lord strikes a false prophet with blindness. The governor, who is amazed at the message of Jesus and the power of God, becomes a believer. 

Principles:  

  1. God is the one that calls us into ministry

  2. Satan will always try to turn man away from the Gospel

  3. The Holy Spirit gives us boldness to speak the truth

Scripture Readings

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Romans 1:1

Acts 9:15

Acts 14:27

Matthew 10:5

Acts 13:46-47

Romans 1:16

2 Timothy 3:8-0

Scripture: Acts 13:13-30

Sermon Title: Proclaiming the Truth of Jesus Christ, Pt. 1

Introduction: We are told of Paul’s first missionary journey in Chapter 12:25–14:28. It includes the time he spent preaching and teaching at Antioch (13:13–50). This city was included in the Roman province of Galatia and had a large Jewish and Roman population. One Sabbath while attending the synagogue, Paul and Barnabas are invited to share a “word of exhortation for the people” . The message which Paul preaches  parallels the early teachings of Peter and Stephen. While the Jews debate the message, the Gentiles respond enthusiastically. Their preaching draws almost the whole city on the next Sabbath and the Jews grow jealous and angry. They stir up persecution against these missionaries. We have to remember, some will receive the truth, and some will not.   

Principles:  

  1. When given an opportunity to share the gospel we must take it  

  2. Man must receive the truth of the word of God in order to know Jesus  

  3. Jesus is not dead, he’s alive  

Scripture Readings

Psalm 118:22

Isaiah 53:3

Acts 3:18

Luke 23:21-23

John 19:38-42

Psalm 16:10

Isaiah 53:10

Scripture: Acts 13:30-52

Sermon Title: Proclaiming the Truth of Jesus Christ, Pt. 2

Some Will Receive the Truth, and Some Will Not

Introduction: Last week we concluded as Paul is giving the message of the Gospel to the listeners in Antioch. This city was included in the Roman province of Galatia and had a large Jewish and Roman population. One Sabbath while attending the synagogue, Paul and Barnabas are invited to share a “word of exhortation for the people” . The message which Paul preaches  parallels the early teachings of Peter and Stephen. While the Jews debate the message, the Gentiles respond enthusiastically. Their preaching draws almost the whole city on the next Sabbath and the Jews grow jealous and angry. They stir up persecution against these missionaries. We have to remember, some will receive the truth, and some will not.   

Principles:  

  1. We are to proclaim the good news to the world

  2. Only through Jesus do we have forgiveness of our sins

  3. We have been justified and made righteous by faith in Jesus Christ

  4. We must desire and seek after the truth from the word of God 

  5. Sometimes we have to shake the dust from our feet and keep it moving

Scripture Readings

1 Corinthians 15:3-8

Luke 2:10-11

Genesis 12:3

Galatians 3:16

Romans 6:9

Isaiah 55:3

2 Samuel 7:12-16

Scripture: Acts 14:1-18

Sermon Title: Making Sure That Only God is Worshipped

Introduction: Barnabas and Paul continue their journey preaching the gospel and establishing new churches. In some cities they stay for some time, until their enemies plot to kill them. One city they visit is Lystra. Lystra is a small rural town, well off the major routes. While there, Paul and Barnabas heal a cripple man. Upon witnessing this miracle, the people believe they are gods and start to worship them. The apostles stop the crowd from worshipping and sacrificing to them as they begin to preach the gospel and compel them to worship the one true God.  

Principles:  

  1. When the truth is preached it’s accompanied with God's power 

  2. God will provide and protect us until our work is done  

  3. We have to believe that God is able save and heal us

  4. Never allow people to worship you 

  5. It’s difficult convincing people to believe the truth

Scripture Readings

1 Corinthians 15:3-8

Luke 2:10-11

Genesis 12:3

Galatians 3:16

Romans 6:9

Isaiah 55:3

2 Samuel 7:12-16

Scripture: Acts 14:19-28

Sermon Title: It's Not Over Until God Says It's Over

Introduction: In the previous verses , the apostles stop the crowd from sacrificing to them and share the gospel. Following this encounter, Jews from Antioch and Iconium arrive and turn the crowd against them. Paul is stoned and left for dead outside the town. He rises up and returns to the city. After two years of mission work, they return to the Antioch church which sent them out. They report how the doors to faith is wide open to the Gentiles.  

  • Paul's sudden recover was supernatural. His work for God was not over

  • In 2 Corinthians 11:25, Paul talks about what he has suffered for preaching the Gospel. In every instance his life was spared. God still had work for him to do.

  • 2 Timothy 3:11, Paul writes out of all of his persecutions and afflictions, "the Lord delivered me"

 

Principles

  1. The enemy uses those that do not know the truth to persecute the Church

  2. t’s not over until the Lord say so

  3. Serving the Lord is not going to be easy

  4. We can never stop proclaiming the truth of Jesus Christ  

Additional Scripture Readings

Acts 7:54-60

Job 2:6

2 Corinthians 11:25

2 Timothy 3:11