Paul’s Arrest, the Gospel’s Opportunity (Acts 21:27-22:29)
This is the 35th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.
Our identity in three words: People, Law, Place (21:27-40a).
Your testimony is the Gospel’s opportunity (21:40b-22:21).
Not every opportunity will be handled well (22:22-29).
Who are the American church’s “gentiles” (Outsiders that we often fail to love)? How does this passage challenge us to love better?
Think about some times you have heard Christians share their testimony. What was the experience like? How did it impact your own faith? Why are stories like those so powerful?
In your DC: Tell us your story. What is your testimony? Think in terms of the 4 steps discussed today (1. Brokenness, 2. Personal conversion, 3. New family identity in the Church/baptism, 4. A redeemed vocation/calling/ministry).
Experiencing Jesus’ Presence in Our Mission (Acts 18:1-23)
This is the 29th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.
Presence in friendship (18:1-3).
Presence in conversions (18:4-11).
Presence in reminders of sovereignty (18:12-17).
Presence in spiritual disciplines (18:18-23).
“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
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?
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).
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.
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)
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)
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.
Creating the space for all people to ENCOUNTER the person of Jesus through the transforming study of His Word, EXPERIENCE the love of Jesus through the love of His people, and ENGAGE the work of Jesus through missional discipleship.