Fanning The Fire: Acts Series #15

July 22, 2021

Stephen was a remarkable person who became like a fallen star. He brightly burned for God for a short period of time. His death was a disaster to the Church. Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit and had an outstanding ability to handle the Old Testament. Yet, on the outside, it seemed that his speech rendered only negative results. It was the trigger that set off the persecution of all Christians. His public testimony unleashed the anger of a Jew named Saul. Saul tried to extinguish Christianity as quickly as possible. Why was it necessary for Stephen to have such a brief ministry? Why did he have to get himself into a situation that cost him his life? Does it seem pointless to you? At a glance, it appears that tragedy happened to Stephen and the saints. However, the Holy Spirit turns negatives into positives and disasters into miracles. One cannot blockade the Holy Spirit. It is like jumping on a fire and spreading the embers everywhere. Saul jumped on the Church in Jerusalem and scattered the embers all over the world. The first great missionary movement began with the persecution of Stephen. His death became the catalyst that…

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Why 2030?

July 20, 2021

Dr. Elmer Towns The Global Church Network was the first to announce plans for the 2,000th birthday of the Church. On November 1, 2017, at the graveside of Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformer, in Castle Church, Wittenberg, Germany, we committed to do our best to complete the Great Commission by 2030. Much evidence points to Pentecost, 30 A.D., as the starting date for the Church. Some, however, will celebrate the Church’s birthday three years later, in 2033, because they believe Jesus died in 33 A.D. As a network, we are focusing on the 2000th birthday of the Church. Why are we looking to 2030, rather than 2033? “Jesus is the Christ, the savior of the world. He is so vastly important that the world’s dating hinges upon his birth—in B.C. (before Christ) or in A.D. (anno domini – “in the year of our Lord”). Establishing the actual year when Jesus was born . . . [is] important because that was the year when the Holy Trinity commenced the final stage of [his] plan to redeem fallen humans and to restore paradise in the New Jerusalem. . . So the year of Jesus’ birth is a pivotal year; salvation history turns upon it. Eternal…

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Leadership To Stand Alone: Acts Series #14

July 13, 2021

I thank the Lord for the power that we have when we stand together. One will chase a thousand; ten will chase ten thousand. We thank God for the power that we have to stand together. However, wait a moment, there are times when you may have to stand by yourself – when you don’t have your brothers and sisters in Christ ’round about you. We are going to have to also learn to stand alone. The title of this chapter is “Standing Alone.” I mean, there’s coming a time, when you are going to have to be one against the crowd, and you’re going to be all by yourself against great odds. It may be at school, that you’re going to have to stand alone, and you may have, in your college class, an atheistic, agnostic cynic for a professor. You may be the only Christian in that class, and you’re going to have to stand up for the Lord Jesus. Some of you businessmen and businesswomen, tomorrow, when you go back to the company and back to the office, you’re going to have to stand alone, because there will be pornography; there will be obscenity; there will be…

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The Four Houses Of God: Acts Series #13

July 6, 2021

Do you find it difficult sometimes to conceive of God as being “with you?” Do you think of God, maybe, as in heaven; maybe peering through the clouds, moving things around on earth, like a man moves checkers when he plays checkers? So many people conceive of God that way, and you can tell it. For example, they say, “When I prayed, my prayer didn’t get above the light bulbs.” Well, maybe they have failed to understand that God also lives beneath the light bulbs. This chapter is about The Four Houses Of God. We need to learn how to practice the presence of God. Where does God live? I mean, if, if you wanted to write Him a letter, do you know the address? Do you have the zip code? Does God live in a building like the local church? We call this the house of God. But, is it? In Acts 7:47-48, we read: “But Solomon built him an house. Nevertheless, the most High [that’s another word for Jehovah God], the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands, as saith the prophet. Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build…

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Overcoming Growing Pains: Acts Series #12

June 29, 2021

  There are always pessimists, who see a difficulty in every opportunity. Yet, a Bible Christian sees an opportunity in every difficulty. Every difficulty that came to the early Church was used of God as a springboard, just to cause them to grow all the more for the Lord Jesus Christ. In Acts 6:1-7, we read, “And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: Whom they set before the apostles: and…

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The Church At The Crossroads : Acts Series #11

June 22, 2021

The road of the Christian life is filled with crossroads, where we have to make personal and at times profounds that will impact our life and the lives of others for years to come. At some point, all of us will come to the corner of temptation and desire. If we make the wrong turn, we will spend wasted time on wrong roads, taking us to places where we should never go. There is a path that looks right to a person, but the end is death. How many happy and victorious Christians do you know? When you think of your friends, how many true, happy and victorious Christians do you know? When you look into the mirror, do you see one of them? Are you really a happy and a victorious Christian? Are you happy? Are you victorious? I wonder if God has been speaking to you about something that He wants you to do, and you’ve not yet done it. For example, has God been telling you that there is a confession of sin that you need to make, and you haven’t confessed it? Has God been telling you there’s some restitution that you need to perform, someone…

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The Priorities Of The 21st Century Normal Church: Acts Series #10

June 15, 2021

On the Day of Pentecost, three major things happened. First, there was the sending of the Spirit. The Spirit of the Lord came into the house of the meeting and into the hearts of members. The promised had been possessed! Second, there was the sermonizing of the saint. Peter was changed. At one time, Peter denied Christ; but now he defended Christ. His sermon preached Jesus to the Jews and propagated the Gospel to the Gentiles. The preacher was powerful! Third, there was the saving of the sinners. The Church became a crusade. It evangelized sinners and edified the saints. Three thousand people were saved on the Day of Pentecost. What a day that must have been! The people were pardoned! As days transpired, the infant church became an invincible church. It preached the Scriptures with power and ministered to the sick with miracles. Our text gives us a biblical backdrop of what we should practice and preach today. We must stand on the Scriptures and be sold out to the Savior. I would like to suggest that there are ten qualities or priorities of the 21st Century normal church. These priorities are often forgotten or neglected; but, they are…

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They Lied & They Died: Acts Series #9

June 8, 2021

The early New Testament Church was in the blaze of glow of revival. The Church was experiencing an earth-shaking, mountain-moving, devil-drying, soul-saving, holy-healing, and rater-rattling revival. The revival tides were running high, the apostles were preaching with great boldness, and thousands were turning to Christ. Can you imagine the stir all of this caused in Jerusalem? If newspapers had been published in those days, the headlines would have talked about the strange things that were happening. The radio commentators would have blared forth their news about these matters. Television talk shows would be interviewing people who had been healed, saved, and delivered by the power of God. The Internet blogs and social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram would have been filled with the miracles and salvations that were taking place everywhere. If you had a friend on the streets, he would have said, “Did you hear about what transpired yesterday? This rich farmer, Barnabas, was converted and sold his land and gave every shekel and denarius to the church.” Another would exclaim, “Did you hear about Joshua? He had been a cripple all of his life, but he went to the meeting and was converted and completely healed!”…

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The 21st Century Normal Church Series #8

June 1, 2021

In the first three chapters of Acts, God has been marvelously blessing the early Church. They have seen the Savior go up. The Spirit come down. The saints go out. And, the sinners come in. In chapter one, the disciples listened to the Lord. In chapter two, they liberated the lost. In chapter three, they lifted the lame. At the beginning of chapter four, they lived under the load of persecution. The Sanhedrin had threatened Peter and John not to preach and teach in the name of Jesus anymore. They were guilty of healing a lame man and heralding the name of Jesus to lost people. Some of the most famous verses in the Book of Acts are found in Acts 4:23-31. We read: When they had been released, they went to their own companions and reported everything that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard this, they raised their voices to God with one mind and said, “[a]Lord, it is You who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything that is in them, who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said,…

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The Qualities of Pentecostal Boldness: Acts Series #7

May 25, 2021

We need an epidemic of Pentecostal boldness. We read in Acts 4, verse 13: “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). If you’re one of those who wish that you had more courage to testify and witness for Jesus, then my prayer is that you will learn the lessons necessary and begin to live by them. I am convinced that millions of Christians want to share their faith, and want to tell others about our Savior, but have been intimidated, and have become cowardly Christians. Think about it: If 100 million Christians throughout the world simply one per year, one billion-plus would be saved in ten years. What made Peter and John so bold? We need to get the historic context of what was taking place. We need to read, Acts 4:1-4: “And as they spoke unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid…

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