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Experiencing Jesus’ Presence in Our Mission (Acts 18:1-23)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Experiencing Jesus’ Presence in Our Mission (Acts 18:1-23)
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This is the 29th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. Presence in friendship (18:1-3).
  2. Presence in conversions (18:4-11).
  3. Presence in reminders of sovereignty (18:12-17).
  4. Presence in spiritual disciplines (18:18-23).

Notable Quote:

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled…let not one go unwarned and un-prayed for.”         —C.H. Spurgeon

Discussion Questions:

  • Does evangelism/mission scare you? If so, why?
  • Have you ever felt depleted in ministry or your walk with Jesus? How would experiencing the presence of Jesus impact that? 
  • What means of grace, or spiritual disciplines, has Jesus used to show you that He is with you?

Remember What? (1 Titus 3:1-5a)

Resting in Christ: Summer 2022
Resting in Christ: Summer 2022
Remember What? (1 Titus 3:1-5a)
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Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy (Titus 3:1–5a, ESV).

SERMON OUTLINE:

  • Who we are… for the world (3:1-2)
  • Who we were… in the world (3:3)
  • Who He is… that makes us new (3:4-5a)

**This sermon was preached by Joey Parsons of The Town Church in Greeley, Colorado.

Resting from Our Expectations (John 16:31-33)

Resting in Christ: Summer 2022
Resting in Christ: Summer 2022
Resting from Our Expectations (John 16:31-33)
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Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:31–33, ESV)

Receiving the Gift of Sleep (Psalm 127:1-2)

Resting in Christ: Summer 2022
Resting in Christ: Summer 2022
Receiving the Gift of Sleep (Psalm 127:1-2)
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Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:1–2, ESV)

Sermon Outline

Anxious Work: It is in vain that you rise up early… eating the bread of anxious toil

Anxious Sleep: It is in vain that you go late to rest…eating the bread of anxious toil

Sleep that Works: When the Lord builds the house and watches the city, he gives to his beloved sleep.

**This sermon was preached by Justin Broady, Church Planting Resident at The Village Church in Dallas, Texas.

Jesus Shows Us How to Embrace Our Limitations (Matthew 4:1-11)

Resting in Christ: Summer 2022
Resting in Christ: Summer 2022
Jesus Shows Us How to Embrace Our Limitations (Matthew 4:1-11)
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Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him. (Matthew 4:1-11, ESV)

Find rest by embracing:

  • Limit #1: I can’t fix everything
  • Limit #2: I don’t know what’s best
  • Limit #3: I can’t have it all

**This sermon was preached by Steve Stanton of Waypoint Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

With Paul in the School of Missions (Acts 17:16-34)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
With Paul in the School of Missions (Acts 17:16-34)
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This is the 28th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:
1: Paul’s motivation for and method of evangelism in Athens (17:16-21).
2: Paul’s presentation of the Gospel in Athens (17:22-31).
3: The Athenians’ response to the Gospel (17:32-34).

Discussion Questions:
– What brokenness do you see in your community? What sometimes keeps you from seeing it?
– Answering honestly, how do you typically feel when you see brokenness? How can we grow in compassion?
– In what ways is it easy to speak the Gospel to our particular culture? In what ways is it difficult?

A Church, if You Can Keep It (Acts 17:1-15)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
A Church, if You Can Keep It (Acts 17:1-15)
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This is the 27th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. The foundation of Gospel-ministry (17:1-4).
  2. The fruit of Gospel-ministry (17:5-9).
  3. The furthering of Gospel-ministry (17:10-15).

Discussion Questions:

  • Where might Jesus be leading your personal world to turn upside down? What tangible steps can you take this week?
  • How could the Gospel turn Falcon upside-down? What tangible steps can our church take?
  • What are your scripture study habits? Is it a daily practice? What tools have you found helpful?

The Gospel Comes to Europe (Acts 16:11-40)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
The Gospel Comes to Europe (Acts 16:11-40)
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This is the 26th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. A missionary seeks out Gospel-expansion (16:11-15).
  2. A missionary enters boldly into warfare and difficulty (16:16-24).
  3. A missionary joyfully proclaims the need for belief in Jesus (16:25-34).
  4. A missionary lays down his or her comfort for further Gospel-expansion (16:35-40).

Discussion Questions:

  • What are the ministries God has called you to?
  • How is suffering and spiritual warfare a part of those ministries??
  • What does joy look like in the midst of those ministries?

The Gospel Comes to Europe (Acts 15:36-16:10)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
The Gospel Comes to Europe (Acts 15:36-16:10)
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This is the 25th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

What Must We Do To Be Saved? (Acts 15:1-35)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
What Must We Do To Be Saved? (Acts 15:1-35)
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This is the 24th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. The threat against the Gospel (15:1-5).
  2. Peter’s response (15:6-12).
  3. James’ recommendation (15:13-21).
  4. The Council’s ruling (15:22-29).
  5. The Church’s rejoicing (15:30-35).

Discussion Questions:

  • What do you need? If Jesus stood before you and asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” how would you answer?
  • If you are honest, what are you tempted to think you need to do in order for Jesus to truly be for you? How is grace better?
  • Family question: What is grace? What is faith? How does Jesus save us?