The Gospel Comes to Galatia (Acts 13:13-52)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
The Gospel Comes to Galatia (Acts 13:13-52)
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This is the 22nd sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. How Paul and Barnabas ended up preaching in Galatia (13:13-15).
  2. What Paul chose to preach in Galatia (13:16-41).
  3. How the Galatians responded to Paul’s sermon (13:42-52).

Discussion Questions:

  • If it wasn’t for Jesus and His Gospel, what would you look to in order to assure yourself that you and God were cool? Or, what aspect of your life are you tempted to put trust in apart from Jesus?
  • Who are the people religious Americans would consider outsiders? How does the Gospel Paul preached challenge that categorization? How do you need to apply that to your own life?
  • As you evaluate your personal history, what are some of the waypoints that you can identify that led you to Jesus (or, led you here this morning)?

Healthy Mission Flows From a Healthy Church (Acts 13:1-12)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Healthy Mission Flows From a Healthy Church (Acts 13:1-12)
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This is the 21st sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. A picture of a healthy church (13:1-3).
  2. A picture of a healthy mission (13:4-12).

Discussion Questions:

  • Spend time at your table praying for the Holy Spirit to lead each of us as individuals, and all of us as a church, into the ministry He is calling us to.
  • Pray that the barriers we are encountering (as individuals and as a church) that prevent us from engaging mission would be overcome by the power of the Spirit and the beauty of the Gospel.

A Tale of Two Kings (Acts 12:1-25)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
A Tale of Two Kings (Acts 12:1-25)
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This is the 20th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. King Herod flexes, the church prays (12:1-5).
  2. King Jesus rescues, the church is amazed (12:6-18).
  3. King Herod retaliates, King Jesus remains (12:19-25).

Discussion Questions:

  • Who/what are some earthly kings that seem to be able to do what they want against the Church? How does Acts 12 re-orient you to King Jesus’ power?
  • Can you think of a moment when King Jesus showed His power in your life? How does that story help you endure the moments when the kings of this world seem more powerful?

The First Christians (Acts 11:19-30)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
The First Christians (Acts 11:19-30)
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This is the 19th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. The Church flees north, and evangelizes as it goes (11:19-21).
  2. The Church in Jerusalem investigates…and gets reinforcements (11:22-26).
  3. The church in Antioch cares for the church in Jerusalem (11:27-30).

Discussion Questions:

  • If the world were to give our church (or the American church in general) a nickname based off of our behavior, what would it be? 
  • If you look at the traits of the church in Antioch (Bold in evangelism, gracious with encouragement, humble in leadership, generous with resources), which would you most like to grow in? 

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?

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.