Sermons on Acts

Chosen to Serve (Acts 6:1-7)

Introduction The church rapidly grew from a group of 120 (1:15) > 10,000+ within Jerusalem. Before it spread beyond (8:1), leadership and structure were established. Read Acts 6:1-7 The growth of the church is a good thing, but it brings new challenges. Prior to this passage, the church had withstood persecution and moral corruption. Now, we see how they fight the threat of division. The selection of these seven men will prove to be instrumental in the spread of the…

A Joyful Proposal (Ruth 3:1-15)

Introduction Boaz provided, but no longterm security. The harvest ended (2:23). Once no food, who will help? Read Ruth 3:1-15 6mos food, but future uncertain. Abundance of temporary blessings no guarantee future security. A 1978 study: “What happens to a person’s emotional life after winning the lottery?” Lottery winners/accident victims asked to rate pleasure from everyday activities (friends, TV, breakfast, laughing). Accident victims were happier! Barley NOT $1M + Ruth obtained responsibly. But no rest…not yet! Boaz promised Ruth (3:13), but she’d…

Faithful Proclamation (Acts 28:17-31)

Introduction Paul survived a shipwreck and snake attack before safely arriving in Rome. He has now been left under the watch of a single guard and allowed the privilege of visitors. Read Acts 28:17-31 We have seen several themes as we have made our way through this book (The Holy Spirit, Apostolic Miracles, Hospitality, Suffering, etc.). But the book ends on the most prominent theme. It was the same theme we began with, namely Spirit-Empowered Evangelism – witnessing for Christ (1:8). Almost…

Safe and Bound (Acts 28:1-16)

Introduction Everyone’s safely on shore. Paul is still a prisoner. Safe, but God accomplishing his will in unexpected ways. That theme continues… Read Acts 28:1-16 God is orchestrating everything, faithfully keeping his promise to bring Paul to Rome. But considering all that Paul has suffered, will question the Lord’s kindness? In spite of Paul’s consistent character, you have to wonder when he breaks. PTSD after 4th shipwreck? Paul desperately needed to know the kindness of God. And wouldn’t you know it…shortly…

Rome or Bust (Acts 27)

Introduction Paul’s 3MJ ended abruptly with his unlawful arrest. Now, more than two years later, he is still in custody awaiting a hearing before Nero in Rome. That hearing as apparently been granted. Read Acts 27 The length of this account points to its significance for Luke. God doesn’t fulfill his promise to Paul in predictable fashion. We can better understand an episode like this when it happens to someone like Jonah. In his case, the storm was a means…

I Cheerfully Make My Defense (Acts 24)

Introduction Over the next three chapters Paul will testify before Governor Felix, Governor Festus, and King Agrippa. Think about the toll that would have on the apostle. This was all part of the suffering Paul knew he would endure for his Savior. Read Acts 24:1-27 Tertullus’ Prosecution (1-9) Paul’s Defense (10-22) Felix’s Response (23-27) Tertullus’ Prosecution (1-9) The excessive flattery is absurd. Felix dealt with the Jews in such violent ways that they hated him. He squashed frequent uprisings and…

A Plot to Kill (Acts 23:12-35)

Introduction Paul has just received the encouragement of the Lord (11). Read Acts 23:12-35 In February 2008, I was called into the boss’s office and let go… > Carrie was only weeks away from delivering our third daughter… > Within a few months we sold our car and our house and moved to Mississippi. The circumstances that brought us there were not planned, but looking back, we see God’s hand guiding us. ”Providence, like Hebrew letters, must be read backwards.”…