As the apostle Paul draws closer to Jerusalem, the disciples rightly discern that there is danger awaiting him, but they wrongly conclude that he should not go to Jerusalem. In this sermon, we look at how following Jesus will sometimes mean pain and discomfort, but how it is the path that leads to life.
The church needs Christlike shepherds who will faithfully declare and live out the gospel of God’s grace. As Paul says farewell to the Ephesian elders, in Acts 20, he reminds them of his conduct and his preaching, which is going to serve as the foundation for how elders are to shepherd the church of God, and then he charges them to do three things: To guard themselves, to care for all the flock of God, and to watch out for the enemy of their souls.
The apostle Paul knew that the church would always be in danger of growing weary, so in this passage, he gives the church gospel encouragement that would help to strengthen our faith and comfort us in all our affliction, as we continue to love and serve Jesus.
In this passage, we see what happens when the gospel of Jesus Christ invades our lives and exposes our sinful, idolatrous hearts. But what this should do is lead us to repentance and to cling all the more to Jesus.
With the ascension of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, we now live between the first and second comings of Christ. But what this passage in the book of Acts reminds us is that the kingdom of God is advancing into the enemy territory of the kingdom of darkness and that God's kingdom will prevail, because Jesus Christ is King.
We are constantly faced with new life situations, many of which are beyond our control and some of which are unpleasant. In this passage, we look at three events that remind us that God is in control of our times of transition, and that we can trust Him no matter what comes our way.
The risen Lord Jesus is building His church through the proclamation of God’s message and the preservation of God’s people. In this passage, we look at how we have been preserved from the judgment to come, so that we might proclaim the excellency of Christ to the end of the earth.
What matters is not simply that we believe in God; what matters is the God in whom we believe. In this passage, we look at how Paul engaged with people from a very different religious background, and how God is redeeming a people from every tribe and tongue and nation.
Christians are those who believe that Jesus is the risen King, who welcomes unworthy sinners into God’s kingdom under His saving rule. But Christians are those who not only believe this to be true, but who also proclaim this good news to the nations. In our text, we look at the message and the method and the mixed response to this proclamation.
In this passage, we see three individuals who show us what it means to be free. True freedom doesn't mean that we are able to do what we want; true freedom means that we are free from our bondage to sin and Satan and death. For those who believe in Jesus, there is true freedom.