Coping with Conflict (Acts 15:1-5)

“Men came down from Judea…” The church at Antioch was one church where Jews and Gentiles were together and in harmony, and they prospered. The devil hates unity and growth, and he sends dissension from Jerusalem. The Pharisees showed up declaring salvation only for those who would be circumcised and follow the laws of Moses. […]

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Spiritual Battle for Souls (Acts 13:44-52)

God Initiates – brings people together – brings the desire for His Word In the battle for winning souls, God is the one who always starts it. He brought these people together — only one synagogue and half the city was there! Every single one was drawn by God. Some to hear and believe, some […]

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The Process for Progress (Acts 13:1-5)

Just like God was with Peter to the Jews, so also has God called Saul to bring the gospel to the Gentiles. Acts 13 is the transition point in our story. We begin in the city of Antioch, in a church that is well established and growing. Barnabas, Simeon, Lucius, Manaen, and Saul were the […]

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Would You Be a Target (Acts 12:1-5)

The first section of Acts is ending, the focus on Peter will soon shift to Paul. We won’t see much more of him, but be sure that wherever he was, he was stirring up the cities with his big mouth! A big mouth filled with the gospel! The Tyrant Terrible Timely Herod the Great and […]

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The Power of a Testimony (Acts 11:19-26)

The preceding chapters of Acts have been full of testimonies. Peter, Philip, the Ethiopian, Cornelius, Barnabas, Stephen. Persecutions, poverty, division — and finally peace. But not for long.  Remember the challenge scatter share the gospel The first Christians were chased out of Jerusalem by persecution and were scattered through the world. And they witnessed as […]

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Approved for All Audiences (Acts 10)

Peter saw a big screen original, an animal planet special, the cleansing of the unclean animals. It was so inspiring he had to watch it three times! THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST IS “APPROVED FOR ALL AUDIENCES!” As the gospel spreads among the Jews, it defeats their narrow prejudices and sectarianism, and opens their minds […]

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Do You Believe in Miracles? (Acts 9:31-35)

Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda. There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise […]

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How Do You See Others (Acts 9:26-31)

Everyone has purpose. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be here! It has been three years since Saul’s conversion, and now he goes up to the apostles at Jerusalem. His (old) reputation precedes him. 1. The disciples saw his past The disciples thought because of Saul’s past, he has no future with them. Are there people we […]

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1. New Focus A sudden change — In just a few verses, Saul goes from persecutor to preacher. Would that our transformations be so radical. People noticed the difference in Saul. His new focus is on Jesus the Messiah, the Christ who was prophesied to deliver his people from their sin. The synagogues where Saul preached […]

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Philip was an evangelist who was seeing much success. But he was called by God into the desert, along an old road that no one traveled. Even though there would be no one there, Philip went, because he would be where God called him. Arise and go — no time to delay! On that desert […]

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