Sermons by Revd Dr Bill Schweitzer (Page 3)

Sermons by Revd Dr Bill Schweitzer (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…

Christ Encourages Paul

Acts 18:7-17 Paul is very experienced in persecution; again and again he has been forced out of a city because of violent opposition. Here in Corinth he has had a mixed reception: opposition and blasphemy have led him to shake the dust of his feet off against the Jews – and yet there have also been encouragements, with some notable conversions. Should he stay or…

Paul’s Blood-Earnestness

Acts 18:1-8 If Athens was known for its idolatry, Corinth was consumed with immorality. Paul’s preaching and reasoning in the synagogues led to his being opposed and reviled by the Jews. He responded by shaking our his garments and saying to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” Paul knew that lives were…

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…

Be Persuaded

Acts 17:1-5 Violent persecution doesn’t work; God gives his servants boldness to continue to proclaim the truth – and here we have Paul reasoning in the synagogues of Thessalonica despite the brutality he had just experienced at Philippi. Many violently opposed the message here in Thessalonica too, but some were persuaded, recognising and believing that the promised…