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How To Know The Unknown God: Acts Series #31

November 9, 2021

From the little out-of-the-way city of Berea, the Apostle Paul makes a journey of 200 miles to the city of Athens. His companions leave him there and for a period of time, Paul is in Athens alone. He was alone in the academic capital of the ancient world. It was the home of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. It was a university city. Paul was also in the artistic center of the ancient world. It was a city of literature, sculpture, and oratory. There, he finds himself alone in that totally new atmosphere. We can almost imagine that for a few days he walks around the city, moves in and out of…

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What Berean Christians Do: Acts Series #30

November 2, 2021

Do you know what to do with your Bible? When we read the Bible, we discover how precious the Bible is. “Though its cover is worn, and its pages are torn, and though places bear traces of tears, yet more precious than gold is this book, worn and old, that can shatter and scatter our fears.” “When I prayerfully look In the precious old book, Many treasures and pleasures I see; Many tokens of love From the Father above Who is nearest and dearest to me.” There is a treasure in your Bible; I hope you will not miss it. We are told what to do with the Bible in…

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The Right-Side Up Life: Acts Series #29

October 26, 2021

We are traveling along with the Apostle Paul on his second missionary journey. We move now from the conquest of Philippi to the challenge of Thessalonica. In chapter 17 of the Book of Acts, we have the remarkable ministry of Paul as it continues in three cities. These cities are Thessalonica, Berea, and Athens. As we study Paul’s ministry in these three cities, we discover different responses to the Gospel. We will see first rejection of the Gospel. Next, there were those who received the Gospel. However, when we arrive to Athens, we find those who ridiculed the Gospel. The same responses back then are the same responses today when…

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The First Jailhouse Rock: Acts Series #28

October 22, 2021

Everywhere Paul went, there was either a riot or a revival. He either made friends for Christ or foes for Christ. Upon coming to town, Paul did not stay in a penthouse, but often a jailhouse. In Acts chapter 16, there are many conquests. Paul is now beginning his ministry in Europe; that would eventually spread to America. These conquests commenced with vagueness; not knowing which way to go (16:6-8), continued with vision (16:9-11) and climaxed with victory (16:12-40). Second, chapter 16 is filled with conversions. Lydia found the Lord (16:14-15). A slave found the Savior (16:16-18). A jailer found Jesus (16:30-31). Luke shows us how the Holy Spirit dealt…

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The Open Door Of Salvation: Acts Series #27

October 12, 2021

Have you ever been to a building where there’s a bunch of doors, and you didn’t know exactly how to get in? You wondered which door to use to get in? That’s what Acts 15 is all about, when you boil it down. Which door gets you in? If someone were to ask you the question—how can I be saved? What would your answer be? If you had to, in a succinct, very brief statement, tell someone who was desperately interested, how they could come to know Christ as their Savior, and go to heaven when they die, what would you say to them? Let’s just suppose that someone has…

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The First World Missions Church: Acts Series #26

October 5, 2021

Excitement fills the air at the Great Commission Church of Antioch. Paul and Barnabas, the first missionaries, have just returned from their evangelism journey. The Antioch church has been called together to hear about their ministry. This powerful church had a world mission’s heart. In Acts 14:27 it says that they gathered the church together and they heard the report by Paul and Barnabas. What kind of report would it have been? What would they have said? Imagine yourself being a part of this mission’s service. What a service it must have been. The word got out and the place was packed with people. The singing was electric. The choir…

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Until the Last Person Has Heard: Acts Series #25

September 28, 2021

We find in Acts chapter 13, the first recorded full-length sermon of the Apostle Paul. Luke tells us the next Sabbath day came and almost the whole city came together to hear the Word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy and spoke against those things which were spoken by Paul contradicting and blaspheming. Look at this statement: “Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold and said, it was necessary that the Word of God should first have been spoken to you (talking to Jewish people), but seeing you put it from you and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, thus, we turn to…

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When God Says It’s Enough: Acts Series #24

September 21, 2021

When we entered Acts chapter 12, we saw that James was dead, Peter was in prison, and the church hiding in prayer. When we leave Acts chapter 12, we witness Peter’s angelic freedom from jail, the church amazed, King Herod dead, and the Gospel multiplying. This is a phenomenal chapter. Doctor Luke tells the story of persecution, prayer, and power: from tragedy, transition and triumph. When King Herold learned that Peter had escaped, his indignation was felt through all of his guards. He had to respect life. If you were of no use to him, he simply took your life. In Acts 12:18-19, we read about the excitement of the…

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Overcoming The Prisons of Life: Acts Series #23

September 15, 2021

As we preach and teach through the Book of Acts, there is a shout of triumph on every page. The early Church learned how to pray, and they saturated their lives with prayer. God gave them the victory. Now, compare the New Testament Christians with the average Christian today. Compare the early Church with the average church today. We are failing in our battle against the world, the flesh, and the devil; and, the reason that we fail, ladies and gentlemen, is that, primarily and fundamentally, we do not know how to pray. There’s not a failure in your life or in my life that is not a prayer failure….

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The Gateway To The World

September 7, 2021

I am going to give you from God’s Word, three marvelously, wonderful witnesses that will attest that Jesus Christ is the saving Son of God. God does not want us to have to be a question mark with our head bent over an exclamation mark, standing up straight and tall, saying, “Yes, praise God, I am a child of God.” Our text tells us about Cornelius. He was a Gentile. Up until this time, the Gentiles had not been added to the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. All those early believers were Jews. Cornelius was a Roman army officer. He’s from Italy—garrisoned there in Palestine. He was hungry to…

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