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Scripture: Acts 6:1-7

Sermon Title: When the Focus is the Word of God

Introduction:  We see in this chapter another serious problem that develops in the church, when a disagreement arises between some of the Greek-speaking Jewish Christians. They complain that their widows are not given a fair share in the daily distribution.  Not wanted to distract from their work of preaching and teaching the people, the apostles ask the whole community to choose seven “known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom” to oversee this ministry. This would allow the twelve to remain free to devote themselves to prayer and the Word of God. In the selection of leaders to assist the Twelve in serving the needs of the people, they were given three important qualifications to look for: First, they were to seek men of “good reputation”, known for having good character and a consistent righteous lifestyle; secondly, they were to look for men living under the influence and in the power of the Holy Spirit; and thirdly, seek those who were wise. Many interpreters describe this passage as the selection of the first deacons, who would serve the physical needs of God’s people, while the apostles addressed the spiritual needs.

Principles we can learn from this passage and apply:  

  1. Treat the the Word of God as the most important thing in the church

  2. Choose Spirit-filled people to take care of the needs of the church

  3. Pray as we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ

  4. When the word of God is the focus, souls will be saved

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 7: 8-60; 7:1-7

Sermon Title: Praying for Those That Persecute Us

Introduction: In Acts Chapters 6 and 7, we're given the account of Stephen witnessing to the people concerning Christ. Stephen was one of the men selected to serve as one of the seven deacons. Stephen’s testimony concerning  Jesus is so powerful that in their frustration and anger the people seize and bring him before the Sanhedrin.  Even going so far as to arrange for perjured testimony to be given against him. In his defense, Stephen gives them the history of Israel’s relationship with God, using this to demonstrate that their reaction is nothing new, because from the Old Testament the Hebrew people have always resisted the Lord. In order to silence them, their ancestors had killed the prophets; now they had betrayed and murdered their Messiah. The people became so incensed that they began to stone Stephen. During His killing, Stephen  looks towards heaven and announces that he sees the Glory of God and Jesus standing at God’s right hand in heaven. Hearing this, the yelling crowd drags him out of the city, where they stone Stephen to death. Stephen responds by calling on God to receive his spirit and to forgive their sins.

Principles we can learn from this passage and apply:  

  1. The enemy is no match for the wisdom and Spirit of God

  2. Stand on the truth of the scriptures, when we stand on the truth, people will hate us,  lie on us and convince others to believe their lies

  3. Don't stop sharing the Gospel, there will always be people who resist the Holy Spirit and the truth of Jesus Christ

  4. Remember that the truth of the Gospel will either draw men unto repentance or drive them into rage

  5. Pray for those that persecute you

Scripture Readings

Luke 21:15

John 2:19–21

Mark 13:1–2

Matthew 5:17

1 Peter 4:14

Luke 12:8

Psalm 31:5

Matthew 10:28

Luke 12:4

Matthew 5:44

Scripture: Acts 8: 1-8

Sermon Title: Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Introduction: The murder of Stephen set off a chain reaction of persecution against the church. This drives all of the disciples except the apostles  from Jerusalem and they scatter throughout the land of Judea and Samaria.  In Chapter 8, we're given another account of one of the seven men chose as a deacon to serve the congregation. Philip, described as Philip the Evangelist, was listed immediately after Stephen in the list of the chosen seven (Acts 6:5). These men were entrusted with the daily ministration of food and donations so as to remove all suspicion of partiality.  After the murder of Stephen and the persecution of the church that followed, caused all of the disciples to scatter and Philip  was among them. This scattering resulted in the spread of the gospel to non-Jewish regions. Philip went to the city of Samaria. 

Principles we can learn from this passage and apply:  

  1. Don't quit when facing persecution, God will use persecution to bring glorify to himself, to accomplish His purposes in our lives, and to bring others to Christ

  2. Never give up on sharing the gospel, even when the enemy seems to be winning

  3. Never forget that the Gospel of Jesus is able to heal, deliver and set free

  4. Remember that our job does not come from this world

Scripture Readings

Acts 26:10-11

Galatians 1:13

Philippians 1:12-13

Acts 21:8

John 4:34-38

1 Peter 1:8

Luke 2:10-11

Matthew 28:7-8

Luke 10:20

Scripture: Acts 9: 1-22

Sermon Title:  Jesus is Able to Save Anybody

Introduction: Chapter 9 marks an unmistakable turning point in  the book of Acts.  The Apostle Paul (Saul) gradually becomes the prominent figure as the gospel spreads even more to the Gentiles. In this text, we find Saul determined to destroy those who are following the teachings of Christ, going as far as obtaining letters from the high priest that authorizes him to seize anyone he finds at Damascus, and bring them back to Jerusalem.  But his plans are blocked when he has a Divine visit from the Lord while on the road to Damascus.  He is blinded and without sight for three days, he doesn't eat or drink.  Meanwhile Ananias, a disciple, is commanded in a vision from the Lord to go and speak to Saul, and restore his sight. Ananias is obedient and goes and lays his hands on him, and he receives his sight and is filled with the Holy Spirit, and is baptized.  Afterwards Saul spends a few days with the Christians at Damascus, goes to the synagogues, and immediately proclaims Christ, and confounds the Jews.

Sermon Principles:  

  1. The enemy will try to destroy the church

  2. When they persecute us for Christ sake , they are persecuting Jesus

  3. When we believe in Jesus , our life will never be the same

  4. Sometimes while we are calling on the Lord, he is answering our prayers

  5. We have been chosen to suffer for Christ

  6. We have to proclaim and stand on the truth of Jesus Christ

Scripture Readings

John 14:6

Acts 26:13

1 Corinthians 12:27

Matthew 25:45

John 15:16

Luke 14:27

Matthew 10:38-39

1 Peter 2:20-21

Acts 18:28

Scripture: Acts 9: 20-30

Sermon Title:  Standing Up and Boldly Proclaiming the Word of God

Introduction:  In this text, Saul, spends a few days with the Christians at Damascus. He goes into the synagogues, and immediately  begins to proclaim Christ.  His zealous declarations, soon leads to his life being threatened and he barely escapes the city. Saul then returns to Jerusalem, but  finds that the Christians there fear him and want nothing to do with him. So Barnabas, who later will be his first missionary companion, intercedes on his behalf with the apostles. Within a few weeks, Paul’s bold and fearless preaching  brings with it a fresh wave of persecution. Then  we're told, the brethren “bring him down to Caesarea and he sails home to Tarsus”.

Sermon Principles:  

  1. We have to prove from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Savior of the world

  2. The Lord will sometimes reveal to us the enemies plots against us

  3. We need to put our arms around new believers and help them on this Christian journey

  4. God will protect us from our enemies until our work is done

Scripture Readings

2 Corinthians 11:32-33

Galatians 1:18

Acts 4:36-37

Acts 11:22-24

Scripture: Acts 9: 32-42

Sermon Title:  The Miracle Working Power of Jesus

Introduction:  As we continue in chapter 9, we find Peter traveling about the country, teaching and healing.  The miracles he performs reveals the power of Jesus, as Paul heals and raises the dead.  In Lydda and Joppa, the Lord uses Paul to miraculously heal a man (Aeneas) who had been bedridden for eight years along with raising a woman (Dorcas) from the dead.  As a result of these miracles and the preaching of the gospel, many believed on the Lord and were saved.  The people saw more than just a crippled man now able to walk, or a woman that had died from sickness and brought back to life. Peter pointed them to the one who had endowed Him with the power to perform these miracles. We have to be careful to do the same, God is the one that should receive glory and worship, not man.

Sermon Principles:  

  1. Jesus is the one that heals, the healing power comes from Jesus

  2. The purpose of the miracles is to cause people to believe in Jesus

Scripture Readings

Acts 3:6

Acts 4:10

Mark 2:8-12

Titus 3:8

Matthew 9:24-26

Luke 8:52-56

Mark 1:31

Scripture: Acts 10: 1-23

Sermon Title:  Jesus Gave His Life for All of Mankind

Introduction:  Chapter 10 opens  with the story of Cornelius, a  a centurion from Caesarea.  The Bible describes him as a man who fears God and one who prays. An angel appears to Cornelius directing him to send for Peter who was in Joppa. He obeys the angel's instructions and sends messengers to Joppa to bring back Peter. While the messengers are on their way, God prepares Peter by giving him a remarkable vision about how he is to treat the Gentiles. When the messengers arrive at the house where Peter is staying and explains why they came, Peter is ready for them. The next day, Peter accompanies the men back to Caesarea, where they find Cornelius and his family and friends assembled, eagerly waiting for the coming of Peter. Peter ask Cornelius, why have you sent for me, after hearing his answer, Peter preaches unto him Jesus, as the Savior of the world. As he's speaking, the Holy Ghost falls on Cornelius and those assemble with him. They all speak with new tongues and magnify God. Peter commands them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.

Sermon Principles:  

  1. God will reveal the truth to all who seek it

  2. The Lord knows our prejudices and will remove them from our heart

  3. When the Lord instructs us to do something, we should do it without reluctance or hesitation 

Scripture Readings

Mark 7:18-20

Ephesians 2:14

Galatians 3:28-29

Romans 10:14-17

Scripture: Acts 10: 24-48

Sermon Title:  Salvation is for All Who Believe in Jesus Christ

Introduction:  Through the story of Cornelius, we see Peter overcoming his  prejudices towards the gentiles. When he enters his home, Peter preaches Jesus Christ to him and all of his family and friends that are gathered together eagerly awaiting to receive the message. As Cornelius attempts to kneel before him, Peter stops him and tells him, "I'm just a man". Those of us in positions of authority have to make sure we do the same. Only God is to be worshiped. The vision from God is what led Peter to come without hesitation. Cornelius explains to Peter that the message from the angel is what led him to send for him. Cornelius tells him that we are all gathered to hear the things commanded to you by God.    

Sermon Principles:  

  1. Jesus is the only one to be worshipped

  2. We have to be prepared to minister to all of mankind

  3. We have to go where God sends us , and minister the Word of God to those He puts in our paths

  4. God shows no partiality whoever believes will be saved  

Scripture Readings

Revelation 22:8-9

Matthew 28:19

Ephesians 2:13-14

Matthew 3:16-17

Luke 4:18-19

Isaiah 35:5-6

Matthew 4:23-24

Matthew 28:5-7

John 5:22-23

Acts 17:31

2 Timothy 4:1

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