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Paul’s Journey Ends, the Story Continues (Acts 28:11-31)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Paul’s Journey Ends, the Story Continues (Acts 28:11-31)
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This is the 40th and final sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. Paul (finally) arrives in Rome (Acts 28:11-14).
  2. God continually provides means of encouragement (28:15-16).
  3. Paul faithfully continues his mission (Acts 28:17-31).

Helpful Quote:

“Acts provides the foundations of the newborn church through which we hope that the church in ruins will be reborn.”    —Erasmus

Discussion Questions:

  • If you have been with us throughout our study of Acts, what have you learned? What themes stand out? How has this book encouraged you?
  • Do you ever feel hindered in sharing the Gospel? Read Acts 28:31. How does Paul’s bold proclamation and teaching “without hindrance” (while in prison!) encourage/challenge you?

Faith Amidst the Storm (Acts 27:1-28:10)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Faith Amidst the Storm (Acts 27:1-28:10)
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This is the 39th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. The storms of life: Our best plans and most strenuous efforts (27:1-20).
  2. The sovereignty of God: His provision and salvation (27:21-44).
  3. The mission of God: Using the storms to bring salvation (28:1-10).

Helpful Quote:

“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”    —C.S. Lewis

Discussion Questions:

  • Can you think of a “storm” in your life where you could see after the fact how God used it for your good? How does that change your perception of other storms?
  • Are you more likely to doubt that God has determined your destination, or that He is trustworthy with how you get there? How does this passage speak to you?
  • Do you have an example in your life of how God has used your experience with pain (like Paul’s snakebite) to minister to others?

Whose Jurisdiction? (Acts 25-26)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Whose Jurisdiction? (Acts 25-26)
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This is the 38th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Discussion Questions:

  • Does it feel to you like God is ruling and reigning over the circumstances of your life? 
  • When have you been tempted towards discouragement with the circumstances of your life?  How did God make himself known to you?  How has God used those things in your life? 
  • Have you ever made a decision (like Paul appealing to Caesar) that you only realized later was part of God’s plan in your life?  

How To Be Faithful When Life Is Unfair (Acts 24:1-27)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
How To Be Faithful When Life Is Unfair (Acts 24:1-27)
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This is the 37th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. An unfair trial with an unjust judge (24:1-9).
  2. The right confession in the midst of unfairness (24:10-21).
  3. Faithfulness amidst the unfair is an opportunity for mission (24:22-27).

Discussion Questions:

  • How do you typically respond when something feels unfair? How does the Gospel compel you to respond differently?
  • What are some things Christians in America feel are unfair? In light of this passage, how do you think Paul would respond?  
  • The Gospel is unfair. How does your heart respond to that sentence? How does 1 Pet. 2:19-24 impact your response?

Take Courage From Jesus (Acts 22:30-23:23)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Take Courage From Jesus (Acts 22:30-23:23)
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This is the 36th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. Take courage from the presence of Jesus (22:30-23:11).
  2. Take courage from the sovereignty of Jesus (23:12-24).
  3. Take courage from our citizenship with Jesus (23:25-35).

Discussion Questions:

  • Are you most tempted to doubt that Jesus is with you, that He is for you, or that you belong to Him? When do those doubts typically come? How does this passage help?
  • What would a person who is confident Jesus is with, for, and over them look like? If you were to fully believe this, what would tangibly change about your upcoming week?  
  • What about this passage most helps you believe that, “It’s all going to be ok”?

Paul’s Arrest, the Gospel’s Opportunity (Acts 21:27-22:29)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Paul’s Arrest, the Gospel’s Opportunity (Acts 21:27-22:29)
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This is the 35th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. Our identity in three words: People, Law, Place (21:27-40a).
  2. Your testimony is the Gospel’s opportunity (21:40b-22:21).
  3. Not every opportunity will be handled well (22:22-29).

Discussion Questions:

  • 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).

Ministry Amidst Difficulty (Acts 21:1-26)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Ministry Amidst Difficulty (Acts 21:1-26)
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This is the 34th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. Ministry often brings with it difficulty (21:1-16).
  2. That difficulty can be big or seemingly small (21:17-26).
  3. Jesus already endured difficulty on our behalf (Heb. 12:2-3).

Discussion Questions:

  • As we have asked throughout our study of Acts, what ministry(s) has Jesus called you to?
  • What does an “off ramp” from that ministry look like? How have you been tempted to take the off ramp? 
  • What tools has Jesus used to enable you to endure in your ministry these past two years?

What Is Godly Leadership? (Acts 20:17-38)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
What Is Godly Leadership? (Acts 20:17-38)
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This is the 33rd sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. God’s plan for leadership: A plurality of godly elders (20:17).
  2. Paul’s example of godly leadership (20:18-27).
  3. Paul’s encouragement to be godly leaders (20:28-35).
  4. Godly leaders and Gospel-goodbyes (20:36-38).

Discussion Questions:

  • As you think about the leaders you have respected most, what attributes have they had that were impactful? How do those attributes reflect the character of Jesus?
  • Where have you seen the American church pursue worldly leadership instead of godly leadership? What have been the consequences?
  • Where has God given you leadership influence? Which of the traits discussed today do you most need to grow in?

Resurrection Realities (Acts 20:1-16)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Resurrection Realities (Acts 20:1-16)
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This is the 32nd sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. Our future resurrection should be a source of current comfort for us.
  2. We will have an imperishable body.
  3. The resurrection will restore all that has been broken.

Discussion Questions:

  • What are you looking most forward to in the New Creation?
  • What are some practical ways to remind ourselves of the reality of our Resurrection?
  • Pray for encouragement and perseverance for others at your table, in whatever they are facing.  

Seek the Disruption of Our City (Acts 19:21-41)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Seek the Disruption of Our City (Acts 19:21-41)
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This is the 31st sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. Individual calling and vocational faithfulness (19:21-22).
  2. Idols and Gospel-disruption (19:23-27).
  3. Confusion and defending our gods (19:28-34).
  4. Competing idols and a temporary truce (19:35-41).

Discussion Questions:

  • What is your vocation? How does viewing it as a calling from God for ministry tangibly change your actions?
  • When are you most likely to become angry, anxious, or give in to despair? What might that show you about what your heart worships? How is Jesus better?
  • What would Gospel-disruption in our city look like? What cultural idols would be challenged? How would we know the Gospel is what is causing the disruption?