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 with a tender soul, a tormented soul and a tough soul. Each conversion was different. For Lydia, it was a heartwarming. For the slave, it was devil-defying. For the jailer, it was earth-shaking. Lydia was a seller of purple and wealthy. The was a slave to people and wretched. The jailer was supervisor of prisoners and worldly. Next. Acts chapter 16 is filled with cities. Derbe, Lystra, Iconium, Phrygia, Mysia, Bithynia, Troas, Samothracia, Neapolis, Philippi, and Thyatira. Philippi was a capital city. It was ten miles inland from Neapolis. The…

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The First Jailhouse Rock: Acts Series #28

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 with a tender soul, a tormented soul and a tough soul. Each conversion was different. For Lydia, it was a heartwarming. For the slave, it was devil-defying. For the jailer, it was earth-shaking. Lydia was a seller of purple and wealthy. The was a slave to people and wretched. The jailer was supervisor of prisoners and worldly. Next. Acts chapter 16 is filled with cities. Derbe, Lystra, Iconium, Phrygia, Mysia, Bithynia, Troas, Samothracia, Neapolis, Philippi, and Thyatira. Philippi was a capital city. It was ten miles inland from Neapolis. The…

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The First Jailhouse Rock: Acts Series #28

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 with a tender soul, a tormented soul and a tough soul. Each conversion was different. For Lydia, it was a heartwarming. For the slave, it was devil-defying. For the jailer, it was earth-shaking. Lydia was a seller of purple and wealthy. The was a slave to people and wretched. The jailer was supervisor of prisoners and worldly. Next. Acts chapter 16 is filled with cities. Derbe, Lystra, Iconium, Phrygia, Mysia, Bithynia, Troas, Samothracia, Neapolis, Philippi, and Thyatira. Philippi was a capital city. It was ten miles inland from Neapolis. The…

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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 had a terrible accident. They are not going to live, with just a few moments of life remaining. You come upon the accident, and they look up and say to you, “I’m unprepared to die. I’m not ready to die. How can I be saved?” What would your answer be? I think all of you would agree with me that this is no small matter. No minor issue. The answer to that question is the difference between heaven and hell. Really the answer to that question is the difference between…

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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 had never been better. Prayers were filled with praises and hallelujahs. Then, the apostle Paul stood to speak. There was a hush in the audience. What was Paul going to say? Was he going to give a report and give all of the numbers and all of the statistics of what has been done? There are two phrases in Acts 14:27, which immediately catch our attention. One of them is “they rehearsed all that God had done with them.” Notice they talk about what God had done with them. They…

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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 the Gentiles” (Acts 13:14). With chapter 13, we now begin the third major division of the book of Acts. In Acts 1:8, the Lord Jesus Christ gave us our marching orders. He said that we are to be witnesses unto Him beginning in Jerusalem. We preached and studied the Founding Emphasis from chapters 2:1-5:32 . Then, Jesus said the Church was to go to Judea and Samaria. We studied the Forward Emphasis in chapters 6:1-12:25. Third, He said to the “uttermost parts of the earth.” The uttermost parts of the…

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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 guards (Acts 12:18). Luke says, “No, as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers.” The soldiers were in serious trouble. They could not figure out how Peter escaped and where he had gone. On the heels of the excitement of the guards, comes the examination of the guards (Acts 19:19a). We read, “And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the guards.” In other words, Herod interrogated them. He believed that this was an inside job. A man simply…

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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. There’s not a need in my life or in your life that could not be met, if we knew how to pray and would practice what we know. There’s not a sin in my life or in your life that proper prayer would not have avoided. As Jesus said: “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation…” (Mark 14:38). How important it is that we learn how to pray! We are about to witness the power of prayer to release a Church leader from prison. Are you in a…

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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 know God. God supernaturally connected this Roman army officer and the Apostle Peter. God has arranged a divine appointment. Cornelius is standing in front of Peter. He has pulled together all his friends, his neighbors and his relatives. They all come together and sit in front of Peter. Basically, Cornelius says, “We have to come to hear you tell us the truth.” In Acts 10:38-48, we read: Peter begins to talk about: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good,…

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The Only Savior Of The World: Act Series #21

August 31, 2021

We are going to learn about Christ and the Old Testament. In Acts 10:43, Peter testifies in the household of Cornelius about the Lord Jesus. He says, “to him,” that is to Jesus, “give all the prophets witness.” When he said all the prophets, he’s talking primarily about the Old Testament. The New Testament had not yet been written. Would you like to be able to understand the Old Testament? Would you like to get into some of the mystery rooms of the Old Testament? There is a master key that unlocks the key to the mystery rooms of the Old Testament and that master key is the Lord Jesus Christ. If you will find a Christo-centric approach to the Old Testament, it will burst aflame in your hands. If you read the Old Testament and you don’t find Jesus, you need to go back and reread it because you missed the message. In this chapter, we will discover some of the portraits of Jesus in the Old Testament and find some of the prophecies of Jesus in the Old Testament. I. We Need To Look At The Portraits Of Jesus Christ First, of all we are going to think…

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