Acts

Sunday Morning Sermon for 4/28/13

We have been seeing God at work in our midst at FBC Langdon and it is only fitting that we remember one of the main duties of a disciple of Jesus Christ.  We are called to be His witnesses and to tell our story.  You can listen to the audio by clicking on the sermon “Tell Your Story” in the playlist at the right or by following this link.  Notes are below (I have filled in the names in the areas that I mention were blank) or at the audio site as a PDF.  May you be richly blessed through the Word and may you share that blessing by telling your story about Him.

Tell Your Story

Sermon notes 4/28/13

  1. Teaching – Deuteronomy 6:4-9; 20-25

    1. Training for ourselves

    2. Training the next generation

  2. Testimony – 1 Peter 3:8-17

    1. Sylvia

    2. Collin

    3. Clif

  3. Take it with you – Acts 1:8

    1. Into your homes

    2. Into your community

    3. Into the world

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Sunday Morning Sermon for 3/31/13

Sermon from Resurrection Sunday to celebrate the culmination of God’s plan in the death and resurrection of His Son.  Audio is available by selecting the sermon date in the player on the right or by following this link.  Sermon notes are here on the page and also available on the audio site.  May you be richly blessed through the Word.

As It Is Written

Sermon notes 3/31/13

  1. A Plan Laid Out

    1. Luke 24:25-27; 36:45

    2. Psalm 22; 110; 118; Isaiah 53

  2. A Plan Understood

    1. Acts 2:14-29

    2. Acts 3:17-26

    3. Acts 4:8-13

  3. A Plan Unstoppable

    1. Acts 5:34-39

    2. God is still at work in us today

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Sunday Morning Sermon for 3/25/12

We had a great day together in the Lord.  The sermon this week is about our great mission as a church body.  Essentially looking at the mission our Savior gave to each of us individually, but also corporately as a body of Christ.  I pray that God will richly bless you through His Word.

The Great Mission

Sermon notes 3/25/12

  1. Matthew 28:16-20

    1. Authority

    2. Appointment

      1. Go

      2. Make Disciples

        1. Baptizing

        2. Teaching

    3. Always

  2. John 20:19-21

    1. Casting out fear – 1 John 4:18

    2. Jesus was sent to us

    3. Jesus sends us out to others

  3. Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:8

    1. Learn the Way

    2. Follow the Way

    3. Proclaim the Way

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Sunday Morning Sermon for 5/29/11

This past week was a fun Sunday for me despite the fact that a lot of folks were out of town for the holiday weekend.  My parents have been visiting and I was able to talk my dad into helping me out by assisting with leading singing during worship.  The sermon this week is about our walk of discipleship in Christ.  The primary text is from Philippians 3 with part of 4 tagged in as well.  May God richly bless you through His Word.

How to Walk

Philippians 3:1-4:9

Sermon notes 5/29/11

  1. Circumcision of the Heart

    1. Worship in Spirit and in Truth – John 4:23-24

    2. Paul’s “blameless” statement – v. 6

    3. Worthless? or How Much More? – v. 8-9

  2. Attaining the Resurrection – v. 9-16

    1. Not Perfect

    2. Making it his own

    3. Holding true to what we have attained

  3. Walking is Living

    1. Walk like Paul

    2. Walking as enemies of Christ

    3. What is the difference? – v. 19-20; 4:1-9

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Sunday Morning Message for 5/22/11

We had a special guest in our congregation this past Sunday.  Mark Snowden from the North American Mission Board (NAMB) was in our area to teach a workshop on Bible storying and we had the privilege of having him visit with us and share from God’s Word.  I don’t have any notes to post up, but the main text used was from Acts 10 as Bro. Mark relayed the story of Peter and Cornelius.  I pray that you will be richly blessed through God’s Word.

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Sunday Morning 10/3/10

We had a great time in the Lord this week.  We had news of a great answer to prayer, a prayer that I have been praying for three years now about the work schedule of one of our deacons.  I am excited at what the Lord is doing in our midst as He prepares us for a new season of ministry in Langdon.  The message this week comes from Acts 26 and is the last of the messages I will preach from this book for a while.  I pray that God richly blesses you through His Word this week.

Not Done in a Corner

Sermon notes 10/3/10

Acts 26

  1. Paul’s life before he met Christ – Acts 26:1-11
    1. Agrippa’s background
      1. His father is Herod Agrippa I
      2. He is Jewish
    2. Paul’s background
      1. Raised in Jerusalem from his youth
      2. Trained as a Pharisee
    3. Paul’s work against the Way
      1. Locked up the saints
      2. Cast votes against them
      3. Tried to make them blaspheme
      4. Past-tense Pharisee? v. 5 (Acts 23:1-6)
  2. Paul’s encounter with Christ – Acts 26:12-23
    1. Kicking against the goads – v. 14
    2. Paul’s mission to the Gentiles
      1. Open their eyes to turn from darkness to light
      2. Forgiveness of sins and a place among the sanctified by faith
    3. Paul’s description of his work
      1. Call to repent and turn to God (the Gospel)
      2. Perform deeds in keeping with their repentance
      3. A call to both Jews and Gentiles that is the same – v. 23
  3. The response of his audience
    1. Festus – Paul is out of his mind – v. 24-25
    2. Paul makes his plea to Agrippa
      1. These things are known – not done in a corner
      2. The witness of the prophets
    3. Agrippa – do you want me to act like a Christian? – v. 28
    4. Declaration of Paul’s innocence – v. 32
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Sunday Morning 9/26/10

We had a great day in the house of the Lord today.  The singing was a true blessing and my heart is filled with joy as I remember the fellowship we shared after the service at our pot blessing before the business meeting and heading out to do services in two of our area nursing homes today.  It was a full day, but a very blessed one.  The sermon this morning comes from Acts chapter 24 and examines Paul’s testimony and witness before Felix.  May God richly bless you through His Word.

Trials and Tribulations in the Way

Sermon notes 9/26/10

Acts 24

  1. Flattery will get you nowhere – Acts 24:1-9
    1. High priest and elders
    2. Tertullus – the spokesman
    3. Three charges
      1. He stirs up riots – somewhat true
      2. He is a ring leader of the sect of the Nazarenes – also true
      3. He attempted to profane the Temple – false
  2. Paul’s defense
    1. No flattery – just facts
    2. Peaceful in the Temple – not trying to start a riot
    3. A member of “the Way” – the sect of the Nazarenes
      1. Calling it a sect means it is still a part of Judaism
      2. The Pharisees and Sadducees are also referred to as sects
    4. Not profaning the Temple – Paul was going to worship there
      1. He was bringing sacrifices – Acts 21:22-24, 26
      2. He was “purified” in the Temple – Acts 24:18
  3. Presenting the Gospel to a “captive” audience
    1. Felix knows about the Way
    2. Drusilla, the Jewish wife – a daughter of Herod Agrippa I
    3. Righteousness, self-control and the coming judgment
    4. Conviction of sin – Acts 24:25 – judgment of fire
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Sunday Morning 9/19/10

We had a wonderful time in the Lord this week.  I have been blessed the last few weeks to be doing pulpit supply for another church in our area, so I have had a chance to “practice” my sermons before they are recorded for this site.  Truthfully, it doesn’t matter how much practice I get, because they are not about how well I can preach; it is about God speaking to His people, including me.  I pray that you are richly blessed through God’s Word as we are challenged together by it.  This sermon comes from Acts 20.  You can listen and follow along with the notes below.  May God bless.

Caring for the Flocks

Sermon notes 9/19/10

Acts 20

  1. Encouraging the disciples – Acts 20:1-6
    1. The disciples from Ephesus – after the riot in Acts 19
    2. Gathering the collections for Jerusalem
      1. In Macedonia – 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
      2. In Corinth – v. 2-5
      3. In Philippi – the Feast of Unleavened Bread – v. 6
  2. Tragedy in Troas
    1. The first [day] of the week
      1. Luke uses Jewish reckoning of time in Acts
        1. Sabbath to Sabbath – Acts 13:14, 43-44; 17:2; 18:4
        2. Paul’s observance of the Sabbath is well-documented
      2. This happens on the night at the end of Sabbath
    2. Havdalah and “many lamps”
      1. Rekindling of fire after the Sabbath
      2. Speaking until midnight
      3. “Lucky’s” bad luck
        1. Resurrection and havdalah
        2. Matthew 28:1
  3. Meeting with the Ephesian leaders
    1. Calls them to him at Miletus
    2. The message of repentance
      1. Paul preaches the same Gospel/Good News as Jesus
      2. The mystery of the gospel of Paul – Ephesians 1:9; 3:3-11
    3. Shepherding the flock
      1. Teaching the whole will of God
      2. Protecting against those who would distort the truth
        1. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
        2. 1 Timothy 4:1-5
      3. More blessed to give than to receive
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Sunday Morning 9/12/10

We had a wonderful time in the Lord this week.  The sermon text is from Acts 17 and 18 and covers some of Paul’s work in making disciples.  You can listen along by clicking the play button below and follow along with the notes if you like as well.  May God richly bless you through His Word.

Go and Make Disciples

Sermon notes 9/12/10

Acts 17:1-18:23

  1. Thessalonica and Berea – a contrasted response – Acts 17:1-15
    1. Jews – more converts in Berea
      1. Those who study the Scriptures
      2. John 5:37-40
    2. Background information from 1 and 2 Thessalonians
      1. 1 Thessalonians 2:2-4; 13-20
      2. 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5 – to Athens
  2. Contextualizing the Gospel with the wisdom of the world
    1. Paul and the Greek philosophers – Acts 17:16-34
    2. Using the wisdom of this world fails
      1. Babbler – an insult of Paul’s use of philosophy
      2. A sound foundation – God the Creator (Romans 1:18-23)
      3. Using philosophy falls short
      4. Unable to bridge the gap – 1 Corinthians 1:17-25
  3. Making tents and disciples in Corinth – Acts 18:1-23
    1. The false charge – Acts 18:13; (Acts 21:20-21; 24)
      1. Paul doesn’t get to defend himself here; see Acts 25:8
      2. Sosthenes – 1 Corinthians 1:1
    2. Paul’s vow – Acts 18:18-23
      1. Probably a Nazirite vow – see Acts 21:23-24
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Sunday Morning 8/22/10

We had a great service with some folks visiting who are helping bring in the harvest around here.  It was a great time of worship and fellowship and sharing in the goodness of God.  The sermon this week is from Acts 15 and sees the “final solution” to the Gentile inclusion issue reached.  Press play below to listen and follow along with the notes if you would like as well.  Please feel free to leave comments if you have questions or prayer needs or anything of that nature as well.  May God richly bless you through His Word.

Jerusalem and Antioch Settle a Dispute

Sermon notes 8/29/10

Acts 15:1-35

  1. The Dust up – Acts 15:1-5
    1. What does it take to be saved?
    2. Should the Gentiles be circumcised?
    3. Should the Gentiles obey the Law of Moses?
  2. The Discussion
    1. The testimony of Peter
      1. The encounter with Cornelius from Acts 10
      2. Salvation by grace(Acts 13:43)
    2. The testimony of Paul and Barnabas
    3. The summation by James
      1. Proof text from Amos 9:11-12
      2. Moses is read every Sabbath
  3. The Final Decision
    1. Abstain from food polluted by idols
      1. 1 Corinthians 10:25-28
      2. Willful sin v. sin of ignorance
    2. From sexual immorality
    3. From what has been strangled
    4. From blood (the Noahic covenant)
    5. A parallel from the Didache – the yoke of Jesus – Mt.11:28-30
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