Sermons on Acts (Page 3)

Sermons on Acts (Page 3)

Christ Magnified

Acts 19:8-17 In Acts 19:17 we have the highpoint of the preceding chapters as Jesus’ name is magnified throughout all of Asia Minor. This is the focus behind the apostles’ ministry, the focus of the miraculous signs confirming their ministry, and the focus of the Spirit’s work in the Church.We should pray for the events in this chapter to be repeated…

Spiritual Monsters

Acts 19:1-7 Here is an exceptional situation: twelve men – ‘the Ephesian dozen’ – who know almost nothing.  They had received the baptism of John, which ought to have led them on to Christ, but they had not yet known Christ.  Repentance and faith are two sides of one coin: one implies the other.  Yet in repenting of our sin we must know of Christ,…

Strengthening Souls

Acts 18:18-28 Paul knew that the work of evangelism is only the beginning; the strengthening of God’s people through discipleship is equally a part of the Great Commission. Christ is not going to have an ugly or a weak bride; he is going to have us strong – and beautiful; it is the work of discipleship to make God’s people strong and beautiful. This is done by…

Know the Unknown God

Acts 17:22-31 Paul was briefly alone in Athens, and he found this great city of pagan antiquity utterly given over to idolatrous worship. Consideration of the lost souls that were perishing in this city, and – worse – of the denial by these people of the rightful worship due to the true God, provoked Paul to speak out. God ought to be worshipped, and Paul…

Become Bereans

Acts 17:10-12 The New Year is a good time to ask not just what we want to accomplish but whom we want to become. The life we live depends on the right reception of God’s word: any improvement in our character – any work of lasting value as opposed to wood, hay and stubble – will be founded on this word. Therefore the one great skill for us to master is how to…

King Jesus

Acts 17:1-9 Paul and his friends were accused in Thessalonica of turning the world upside down. There was an element of truth to the charge. The Gentile world of gross idolatry would soon be overturned by the preaching of Christ; the Jewish church would have to learn that faith in Christ, and not obedience to the moral law, would bring salvation. The apostles were in fact…

An Open Heart

Acts 16:11-15 Having come to Macedonia at the Spirit’s leading, Paul and Silas make straight for one of the principal cities, Philippi. Yet we don’t meet the man of Paul’s vision or even hear of any great opportunities for preaching; the one encouragement they get is with a woman outside the city, Lydia, who becomes the first convert on European soil. And, wonderfully, we…

The Spirit Leads On

Acts 16:1-10 The previous chapter recorded the sad rift between Paul and Barnabas. But God is good; in this chapter Paul meets Timothy – who would later be the greatest blessing and encouragement to him. Paul and Timothy together display the very opposite of a Pharisaic spirit, setting aside their right to freedom from Jewish ceremonial laws and becoming a servant…

What Happened Next?

Acts 15:22-41 In Acts 15 the Church has been strengthened and encouraged by the clear affirmation of the gospel at the Jerusalem council. What happens next is a sobering reminder of Satan’s ceaseless attacks on the church. On the question of John Mark’s trustworthiness, Barnabas’ ‘determination’ (v37) and Paul’s…