Monthly Archives: August 2014

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

Acts 12
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.

Acts 11 “God’s Hand At Work” – 8/3/14 – cd# 1517

God is weaving everything together. The Holy Spirit is directing the actions of His Church. (Acts 11) It is very interesting when you get to be an older Christian, and look back and see how God was weaving the events and circumstances of your life all along the way. Things I didn’t understand at the time. Things I even rebelled against because I didn’t understand them. But now I can see that God brought it all together. He had me there in order that He might put me here, and you can see how the whole thing is linked together, and God’s hand was in it all the time. So you see here in the Book of Acts how each event relates to the others. It is wonderful to see God working in different ways as He builds up His church. We are excited to have this part in God’s work – seeing the hand of God at work in each new event being related to some event in the past, and seeing His hand at work all the way. Acts 11