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Sermons on Acts

Therefore Those Who Were Scattered Went Everywhere Preaching the Word – Acts 8:1-40

In this teaching, we learn how Stephen’s martyrdom began a frenzy of Christian persecution to which God used as a launching pad to spread the Gospel outside the city of Jerusalem to Samaria and Judea. Persecution divides the church necessarily cutting away the dross and strengthening what is left.  In the fury of persecution in which Saul of Tarsus played a leading role,…

They Did Not Cease Teaching and Preaching Jesus – Acts 5:34-7:60

In today’s passage, we see the Apostles appointing spirit-filled men to serve (Greek – deacon) the growing church by solving a dispute about equitable food distribution to both Hebrew-speaking and Greek-speaking widows.  Taking this dispute off the Apostles plate allowed them to give themselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.  The example of servants being used to free…

Speak to the People All the Words of this Life – Acts 5:1-33

Within just the first few weeks following the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, those in Jerusalem saw multiple manifestations of the Holy Spirit’s power in the Apostles to perform miracles and to boldly testify of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. “And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women” (Acts 5:14 NKJV).  In today’s passage, we…

Jesus, The Stone Which Was Rejected by the Builders – Acts 4:1-37

In today’s study of Acts Chapter 4, the religious leaders challenge the apostles, “being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead” (Acts 4:2 NKJV), demanding to know “By what power or by what name have you done this” (Acts 4:7 NKJV)?   Quoting Psalm 118, the Apostle Peter shows that their rejection of Jesus fulfills…

Sins May be Blotted Out So that Times of Refreshing May Come – Acts 3:1-26

Following the birth of the Church in Acts 2, God continues to pour out His spirit upon His disciples, authenticating their authority as His witnesses by imbuing them with the power to perform miracles and preach with boldness.  In today’s passage, Peter, in the name of Jesus, heals the lame man at the Beautiful Gate to the temple.  As the people marvel,…

The Church is Born – Acts 2:23-47

As we conclude our study of Peter’s sermon in Acts 2, we see the apostle’s emphasis on Jesus’ resurrection.  Pastor Kevin points out that the resurrection is an historical fact and one component of our faith that distinguishes biblical Christianity from all other religions.  Quoting from Psalms 16 and 110, Peter then shows how both Jesus’ death and resurrection were foretold by King David…

Then They Were All Amazed and Marveled – Acts 2:5-13

Many of the Jews who had traveled from all over the known world for that first Pentecost following Jesus’ resurrection witnessed God’s miraculous imparting of foreign tongues to His disciples.  As they heard the disciples speak in their own languages, “…they were all amazed and marveled” (Acts 2:7 NKJV).  What happened that day that enabled Jesus’ followers to speak in languages they…

When the Day of Pentecost Had Fully Come – Acts 1:8-2:4

In today’s message, we study the events of the first Pentecost following Jesus’ resurrection.  Pastor Kevin explains how the Gregorian calendar used by the Western world has led the church to depart from the biblical dates for the Resurrection Sunday (Easter) and the Jewish Feast Day of Pentecost.  As a result, Christians may fail to see how these Feast Days are types of the…

Wait for the Promise of the Father – Acts 1:1-8

Today, Pastor Kevin introduces a new study of the Book of Acts, written by physician and historian Luke.  This book, a continuation of his account of Jesus’ life in the Gospel of Luke, covers the period just prior to Jesus’ ascension until Paul’s first imprisonment.  In these first few verses, Jesus instructs His followers to remain in Jerusalem, where, “…you shall receive power…