Sermons on Acts

Sermons on Acts

The First Sent Ones

In this message, we explore the continuation of the ripple effect that began with the ministry of Jesus and in fulfillment of Acts 1:8 has moved from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria. The Holy Spirit now uses the church at Antioch to begin the process of taking this same gospel message to the ends of the earth. Barnabas and Saul were separated out from the culturally diverse local ministry team in order for them to be sent out as apostolic…

Seeing God’s Grace

Acts 11:23 “When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose,” In this message, we see two powerful examples of the grace of God at work in the early church. One such case is Antioch becoming the first church where Gentiles and Jews worshipped together. The other was when Peter was miraculously released from prison by angels and reported to a disbelieving group of believers…

No Favoritism with God

Do you have a vision for people who are unlike you – who, “in your opinion” are unlikely candidates for your love and the gospel message? See how favoritism can prevent us from seeing people as God sees them and loving them with the love of Christ. This message is part of our series “The Ripple Effect.” The purpose of this series is to learn more about the life of Jesus and the story of the early church through the…

Mission is a Mindset

The Book of Acts tells of the spread of the kingdom of God as the apostles and saints spoke the gospel message with signs and wonders following. God still works in the same ways to change peoples lives as we love, listen to, and pray for those around us. God challenges us to take a risk, stretch out our hands, and affect the world around us. This message is part of our series “The Ripple Effect.” The purpose of this…

Spotlight Tag

Saul was a ravenous persecutor of Christians until Jesus revealed Himself to him. In this message we look at the anatomy of Saul’s conversion and how it is an example for all of us of how our lives should radically change when we become believers in Jesus Christ and the privilege we have of walking with others as they experience the same transformation. This message is part of our series “The Ripple Effect.” The purpose of this series is to learn…

Scattered Seed

In this message we see the beginning of the fulfillment of Jesus’ Acts 1:8 commission stating that these first century Christ followers would be spirit empowered witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth. The means by which they were scattered throughout the known world was severe persecution. Even though they suffered greatly, these first century Christians weren’t silenced but instead preached the Gospel with boldness accompanied by signs and wonders. Philip is a great example of…

You Can’t Handle the Truth

In our last “Ripple Effect” sermon, we learned of the fact that seven men full of faith and the Holy Spirit were chosen to help care for the needs of the Greek speaking widows who were being neglected. One of these men was named Stephen, and in this message we see how he stood for truth even when it cost him everything. He became the first Christian martyr when the religious leaders of the day stoned him to death. He…

This Isn’t a Game

“This Isn’t a Game” is the fourth sermon in the series “The Ripple Effect.” In this message, Neil discusses how the early church faced obstacles almost immediately. Last week we spoke about persecution and how they responded well to the initial command to be silent about Jesus. As we look this week at Acts 5, we see them confronted with the obstacle of hypocrisy. God dealt with it severely in order to show the absolute necessity of believers living a…

You’re Not the Boss of Me

“You’re Not the Boss of Me” is the third sermon in our series “The Ripple Effect.” In this message, Tyler teaches on the purpose of miracles and how to live as a Christian through persecution. The purpose of this series, “The Ripple Effect,” is to learn more about the life of Jesus and the story of the early church through the writings of Luke. Having looked at some of the highlights of the Gospel of Luke earlier this year, we…

Hurry Up and Wait

The purpose of this series is to learn more about the life of Jesus and the story of the early church through the writings of Luke. Having looked at some of the highlights of the Gospel of Luke earlier this year, we now will turn our attention to his 2nd writing, the book of Acts. This book follows the history of the Holy Spirit’s influence on the early church and the beginning of the spreading of the Gospel to the…