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The Impartiality of the Church (Acts 10:36-11:18)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
The Impartiality of the Church (Acts 10:36-11:18)
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This is the 18th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. Context: Jesus is always working behind the scenes (10:1-35).
  2. Peter’s preaches the Gospel without favoritism (10:36-43).
  3. The Holy Spirit and the Church work in unison (10:44-48).
  4. The church in Jerusalem tries to catch up (11:1-18).

Discussion Questions:

  • Where did you observe a lack of unity in the American church in 2020? How might the truth of this passage helped that turn out differently?
  • In v. 47 Peter uses baptism as a tangible expression of the Gentiles acceptance into the People of God. What can our church/you do tangibly to demonstrate the acceptance of outsiders?  
  • What suggestions would you have for someone who is struggling to love a person who is different from them? How does the Gospel fuel that love?

The Impartiality of God (Acts 9:32-10:35)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
The Impartiality of God (Acts 9:32-10:35)
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This is the 17th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. Jesus works through Peter (9:32-43).
  2. Jesus works in ways Peter and Cornelius don’t fully understand (10:1-16).
  3. Jesus’ work is impartial (10:17-35).

Discussion Questions:

  • Who does the American church treat as “outsiders”? How should God’s impartiality fix that?
  • What “outsiders” are in your life? What tangible things can you do this week to show them Jesus’ love?
  • Notice the theme of Tabitha and Cornelius’ reputation for good works. Could the same be said about our church? If so, where? If not, how can you help?

Getting a Jesus Education (Matthew 15:21-28)

missio Dei: Falcon
missio Dei: Falcon
Getting a Jesus Education (Matthew 15:21-28)
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Sermon Outline:

  1. What Is Jesus Doing in This Encounter?
  2. The Historical/Cultural Background to This Encounter
  3. The Disciples Get Tested by Jesus, Part I
  4. The Disciples Get Tested by Jesus, Part II
  5. Jesus Gives Voice to the Theology of the Disciples
  6. The Woman Has Been Getting Tested All Along by Jesus
  7. Jesus’ Response to Her

Discussion Questions:

  • Are you getting the ‘relational test’ by Jesus? How are you doing on that?
  • Are you getting the ‘endurance test’ by Jesus? How are you doing on that?

**This sermon was preached by Scott Weing from Denver Seminary.

From Enemy to Missionary (Acts 9:1-31)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
From Enemy to Missionary (Acts 9:1-31)
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This is the 16th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. Saul encounters Jesus (9:1-9).
  2. Saul experiences Jesus’ love through Ananias (9:10-19).
  3. Saul engages the Church and its mission (9:20-31).

Discussion Questions:

  • Looking back on the story of your life, where can you see God was the initiator in your salvation? If you do not consider yourself a Christian, what “coincidences” brought you here this morning?
  • Share a story of someone’s conversion that you find astounding. In your own words, why is every conversion astounding? What does this truth change about your view of the local church? 
  • How has Jesus changed you? How is He changing you?

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40)
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This is the 15th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Summary:

  1. The Holy Spirit leads
    • Any kind of church or Spiritual growth only happens through the
      work of the Holy Spirit
  2. God’s Word is Explained and Preached
    • Romans 10:14; Luke 24
    • Philip Explains Isaiah 53:7-8
  3. The Gospel Advances to all Kinds of People
    • The Key is not status, it is openness and humility before the Lord

Discussion Questions:

  • Where is a place or a person the Holy Spirit might be leading me to reach out to? Have there been any circumstances that have pointed me in that direction?
  • What was a time you can remember where the Preaching of God’s Word had a big impact on your life at that moment? What are the biggest obstacles to this being a regular event in your life? How can you prioritize and clear out the clutter in your life to prioritize sitting under the preached Word of God, with other believers?
  • How has Spiritual Growth happened in my life when I’ve intentionally served or leaned into a relationship with someone who is an “outsider” in my normal relational circles?

The Gospel Goes on the Road (Acts Part 14)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
The Gospel Goes on the Road (Acts Part 14)
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February 6th, 2022. “The Gospel Goes on the Road.” Acts 8:4-25

The Testimony of the First Martyr (Acts Part 13)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
The Testimony of the First Martyr (Acts Part 13)
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January 30th, 2022. “The Testimony of the First Martyr.” Acts 7:2-8:3.

The Trial of the First Martyr (Acts Part 12)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
The Trial of the First Martyr (Acts Part 12)
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January 23rd, 2022. “The Trial of the First Martyr.” Acts 6:8-7:1

Overcoming Selfishness in the Church (Acts Part 11)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Overcoming Selfishness in the Church (Acts Part 11)
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January 16th, 2022. “Overcoming Selfishness in the Church.” Acts 6:1-7.

2021 Reflect and Refocus

missio Dei: Falcon
missio Dei: Falcon
2021 Reflect and Refocus
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Our mission: To create 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.

1. The evidence that we have encountered Jesus is seen when we become increasingly…

  • Scripture Saturated: The Word of Christ, dwelling in us richly, permeates all we think, say, and do (Colossians 3:16).
  • Gospel Centered: The Good News of salvation by grace through faith in Christ as the anchor for all of life (Ephesians 2:1-10).

Reflect: How did you see Jesus working in you in 2021 to grow you in these two areas? How did He use that growth to work through you to disciple others?`

Refocus: How would you like to see Jesus work in you and through you in 2022 so that you can grow in these areas? What tangible steps are you going to take?

2. The evidence that we have experienced the love of Jesus is seen when we become increasingly…

  • Relationally Intentional: Being moved towards another person because of the unsurpassable worth they hold in Jesus’ eyes (1 Thessalonians 2:8).
  • Authentically Loving: Desperately wanting what’s best for another person, for their own sake (John 13:34).

Reflect: How did you see Jesus working in you in 2021 to grow you in these two areas? How did He use that growth to work through you to disciple others?`

Refocus: How would you like to see Jesus work in you and through you in 2022 so that you can grow in these areas? What tangible steps are you going to take?

3. The evidence that we have engaged the work of Jesus is seen when we become increasingly…

  • Missionally Discipling: Maturing together in Christ as we love people who don’t know Jesus with gospel intentionality (Colossians 1:28).
  • Kingdom Multiplying: Giving ourselves for the glory of Jesus beyond our local church setting (Mathew 28:18-20).

Reflect: How did you see Jesus working in you in 2021 to grow you in these two areas? How did He use that growth to work through you to disciple others?

Refocus: How would you like to see Jesus work in you and through you in 2022 so that you can grow in these areas? What tangible steps are you going to take?