Acts 19 “Spiritual Baptism” – 10/26/14 – cd#1528

Acts 19

WHO is Acts 19 about? The Holy Spirit, the 3rd Person of the Godhead, and His work in the Christian church!                                                                                                                         WHEN did this happen? After Paul asked them, “Did you receive The Holy Spirit when you believed”? He surely noticed a lack of power, or love for one another, & spiritual deadness!              WHAT happened? Paul laid his hands upon them, & the Holy Spirit came upon them & they spoke with tongues & prophesied! And God worked many miracles & Christ was glorified.                WHERE did this happen? In Ephesus, a stronghold of Satan! Where sorcery & ungodly, forbidden arts were plentiful!                                                                                                                           WHY did this happen? So Christians could know these are two separate experiences! Water Baptism, for repentance of sin, & Spiritual Baptism for the power to Love & overcome Satan!    HOW did this happen? By the laying on of hands; with Paul, & in Acts 8 with Peter & John in Samaria! But in Acts 10 there was no laying on of hands, the Spirit fell while Peter was speaking.                          There’s no formula with God, He will always do it His way.

Acts 18 “God’s Grace In Tough Times” 10/12/14 – cd#1527

Acts 18

WHO is Acts 18 about? The Corinthians & the ones who brought the Gospel to them; Paul, Silas, Timothy, Aquila, Priscilla!  And the Jews who opposed God’s Word & blasphemed!

WHAT happened? Paul came to a decision to go to the Gentiles & said to the Jews who had blasphemed; “Your blood be upon your own heads, from now on I will go to the Gentiles”.

WHEN did this happen? After Paul’s experience in Athens at the Areopagus, and when Silas & Timothy came from Macedonia!

WHERE did this happen? In Corinth, a huge cultural center & a worship center of Aphrodite, an idle of fertility sensuality!

WHY did this happen? So Christians can be encouraged, & know that God’s Grace will always be there in tough times; we should never be afraid! God is the same yesterday, today & forever!

HOW did this happen? It was only by the Grace of God that Paul was protected & the enemies of the Gospel were contained!

Acts 17:16-34 “Believe and Commit” – 10/5/14 – cd#1526

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EVERY PERSON WHO HEARS THE GOSPEL MUST DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES what they will do with God’s Word. Only the Holy Spirit enables a person to have the spiritual capacity to really understand the Gospel. In the parable of the sower (Mat.13) we learn that only one fourth of the seed (the Gospel) that is sown actually bears fruit. The difference is in the soil, which is the heart. If only one fourth of the people actually hear our message, and respond in the spirit, then we are experiencing what Jesus told us it would be like. But if you want to be one who bears fruit then you must believe and commit your life to Jesus, and surrender to His Holy Spirit.                                                           Here, in Acts 17, we see different responses to the Gospel; some mock, some delay making any decision, and some believe and commit their lives to Jesus Christ. It is important for you to decide for yourself because one day God is going to judge the world in righteousness through Jesus Christ.

Acts 17 “Students & Doers of God’s Word” – Sept. 28, 2014 – CD#1525

Acts 17

WHO turned the world upside-down? Paul & Silas & those who, like Paul & Silas, were hearers & doers of God’s Word!                                                                                                                             WHAT turned the world upside-down, and set it right?  God’s Word delivered with God’s Love                                                                                                                                                           WHEN did this happen? While passing through town! We are also pilgrims & strangers just passing through the world! We speak when it’s convenient & when it’s inconvenient!                                       WHERE did this happen? In the synagogue & in the streets! Among the religious folks & the gentiles–a great multitude!                                                                                                                                                           WHY did this happen? Because God’s Word is contrary to the way of Sin, Self, & the System! The messengers lived it!                                                                                                                        HOW did they turn the world upside-down? By reasoning, not arguing with people, reading from the Word of God! Proclaiming God’s Love toward mankind through the Life, Death & Resurrection of God’s Only Son, Jesus Christ!

Acts 16:25-40 “Spiritual Battles & Victories Continue” – 9/21/14 – CD#1524

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One huge battle every Christian faces, is the temptation to compromise Bible doctrine (teaching). In the Book of Revelation Chapters 2 & 3 Jesus rebukes the churches because they had compromised and left their first love. They had compromised and allowed the doctrines of the Nicolaitans to infiltrate the church. They had embraced the doctrine of Balaam. They allowed that woman Jezebel, who called herself a prophetess, to influence the church. It is because of these kinds of compromises that the influence of Christians in the world has been weakened (Acts 16).                                                The Bible asks; “what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Cor.6:14) But the enemy always attempts to combine them. Today, there is a movement toward ecumenism (unity). Its supporters say we need to put aside the differences in our doctrine so that we can all be united. Christians cannot do that. Christians must maintain doctrinal purity and refuse to compromise in order to have victory in the Spiritual battles.

Acts 16 “Spiritual Battles & Victories” – 9/14/14 – CD#1523

Acts 16

AFTER SPIRITUAL BATTLES AND VICTORIES, God’s people often would write songs to remind them of what God had done! Moses wrote after God delivered Israel from slavery; “I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously!” (Ex.15:1) Deborah wrote a song of God’s delivering power (Judges 5). David constantly wrote songs to and about God. “Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name  together!”(Ps.34:3)  Singing to the Lord and singing about the Lord will lift your spirits & keep your focus on Jesus.  As we focus on the Lord in song, it is amazing how our problems diminish and fade. Paul and Silas sang in the prison, in the midst of a Spiritual battle, looking forward to the victory! The other prisoners listened, probably wondering why these Christians are singing in this situation? – until after the earthquake shook the prison and all the doors were opened. (Acts 16)

Acts 15 “God Knows Hearts” – 9/7/14 – CD#1522

Acts 15

PETER DECLARED THE OMNISCIENCE OF GOD WHEN HE SAID: “God knows the hearts of men” (Acts 15:8). David said the same thing in Psalm 139 “Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thoughts afar off.” This doesn’t mean God is far away in heaven and I’m away down here on earth; and from that distance, God knows my thoughts. The idea is GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING; “You know my thoughts in their origins.” It’s interesting how God knows my thoughts from their origin. He knows my thoughts before I even think them.          A little later in this same discussion James would say; “Known to God from eternity are all His works”(Acts 15:18). It is amazing how God’s omniscience is woven right in here with their common discussion. God knows everything. GOD KNOWS HEARTS!  

Acts 14 “Signs and Wonders” – 8/31/14 – cd#1521

THE LORD Paul and Barnabas at Lystra Acts 14:8-18granted signs and wonders to be done through Paul & Barnabas (Acts 14). This gave proof to the Word of Grace they were sharing. In the Gospel of Mark 16:17, as Jesus commanded the disciples to go into all the world and preach, He said that signs would follow those who believed. In other words miraculous signs would prove that what they preached was from God.                                                                         In these last days, there is a serious mistake that has been made in an effort to promote signs and wonders. There is an emphasis on signs and wonders, in the hope that they will attract people. But that is not how it happened in the early church. The chief emphasis of their ministry was the teaching of the Word of God. The signs and wonders followed after the teaching to confirm the Word of God in the hearts of the people.  
 

Acts 13 “The Gospel of God” – 8/17/14 – CD#1519

Acts 13

IN THE BOOK OF ACTS CHAPTER 13 WE SEE PAUL SHARING THE GOSPEL OF GOD WITH THOSE IN ANTIOCH;  how Christ died for our sins, that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures. Paul preached the gospel to these people. The promise that God made to David had been fulfilled. He had sent the Savior, that is, Jesus Christ! The Word of God prophesied that the Messiah would be put to death, suffer, be despised and rejected, and all that had happened. Paul showed his listeners that God’s purposes were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.                                                                                        If you will compare Paul’s sermon here with Peter’s sermon in the 2nd chapter of Acts, you will find there are many parallels in their messages. Basically, their messages are the death of Jesus Christ for our sins, His burial, and His Resurrection, and that these events are the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies.   

Acts 12 “Have Thine Own Way Lord” – 8/10/2014 – cd # 1518

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God is not limited in the way He works, He often does His work in a variety of ways. Here, in Acts 12, God sends an angel to release Peter from prison. Later, God will release Paul and Silas from the Philippian jail, but instead of sending an angel to open the doors, He will send an earthquake to shake the walls down. Our Lord is a creative God. Never try to put Jesus in a box. Be open to what His Spirit wants to do. If He wants to work in a new way, praise Him! As children of God we should be open to the moving of His Holy Spirit.

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