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The Kingdom of God and Jesus

Acts 28:17–31. This is the beautiful cycle that is our life. We come back, again and again, to who we are in Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit in our life for the sake of the gospel of Jesus and our mission to all people. It never gets old because it is both our mission and our identity. We have been called to live for God!

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Change and Wait: Our Sovereign God

Acts 24:24—25:12. Change and wait brings us face-to-face with a sovereign God who is in control of our lives in ways we don’t always understand. We should take courage that God cares so much about us that he has a plan for each one of us. He knows us so well that he knows what we will do even before we do it and what would be the best path to encourage us to know him and to walk in righteousness. But when we struggle to believe that, to see that, to accept it, our best choice is to remind ourselves and others—in the midst change and in the waiting—of what God has done.

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God Is Always Working

Acts 15:36–41, 16:6–10. You probably know the experience well: You begin to live out what you thought God’s will was and you realize, “I don't think I had this all right.” As we look at this passage, we will see that even when we don’t get all the details of God’s will correct, he is still working. This text’s main point is that God is always working whether we feel he is far away or near at bay. God is always working.


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Saved Through the Grace of the Lord Jesus

Acts 15:1–21. The main point of our text this morning comes from verse 11: Christians are “saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus”. There are three main parts to this—1) The Debate (vv. 1–6): Does circumcision save?; 2) Peter’s Argument (vv. 7–12): Salvation by Grace; and 3) James’s Resolution (vv. 13–21): A Way Forward for Jew and Gentile Harmony.

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The First Missionary Journey, Opposition from Within and Without

Acts 13:1–12; 13:43–52. The events in this text are incredibly important in the history of the church. But though there are sweet successes in the stories that we're studying, don't miss that both are preceded by opposition. As we look at this first missionary journey, we're going to have two significant meetings, and we are going to see this main point: opposition is an opportunity for boldness, not bashfulness, because God is working. 

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The Gospel to the Gentiles: Who Has Been Saved?

Acts 10:1–48. As we have been studying through the book of Acts, we’ve been saying: the book of Acts is about the Holy Spirit empowering his people to proclaim the gospel to all people with all boldness and without hindrance. Today, we're talking about all people. I would summarize where we are going with this one sentence: No one is excluded from the gospel, for all are included if they come to Christ.

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Persecution and Expansion: Saul/Paul, Instrument of God

Acts 9:1–20. There is a persecution that Scripture says we should expect and accept. It is a persecution that comes from the righteousness of Christ at work in us. We see this kind of persecution throughout Acts where those who are Christians on mission for the gospel of Jesus are attacked in different ways. We don’t always get to know what God is doing in persecution, but here in Acts 9, we see one thing God wanted to do in the midst of this persecution: save one of the most prolific evangelists and pastors our world has ever seen—Paul.

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Spiritual Gifts

1 Corinthians 12:1–11. Today’s sermon is a more focused look at the spiritual gifts. We will see that first, the Holy Spirit is the Gift from God. Second, Spiritual Gifts are Unique Expressions through Unique People. Third, Expressions of the spiritual gifts give Glory to God and grace to us. Fourth, we should Pursue all of these expressions!

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Being a Faithful Witness

Acts 6:7–15, Acts 7:1–2a, 51–60, and Acts 8:1–4. The help we need to be a faithful witness is found in the Holy Spirit. He will help us bear witness to Jesus, to proclaim Christ’s death and resurrection, our only hope for salvation! As we seek to be faithful witnesses, we are not ultimately responsible for how others respond to the gospel. Jesus is judge.

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Establishing the Church: Pentecost and the Promised Messiah

Acts 2:1–41. The Holy Spirit descends onto the people at Pentecost, and as Peter explains what is happening, he turns the spotlight to Christ. And the reason that Peter turns there is because Christ is what makes the coming of the Holy Spirit so different this time. Now the Messiah has come. He has died and rose again. And now he has ascended and is seated at the right hand of God. The Holy Spirit’s job is to point to this now risen Lord.

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The Devoted Life

Acts 2:42-47. Devotion denotes a love, loyalty, and enthusiasm with which to live. The early church prioritized their time, energy, and money for this particular purpose: to live for God and make him known. To have a gospel community like these earliest Christians, we should endeavor to devote ourselves as they did.

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