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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "The Pulpit and the Pew"

Sermon Overview: In Acts 17:1-5, Luke uses two cities to display the relationship between the pulpit and the pew that God uses to advance his mission. In Thessalonica, Luke highlights Paul's teaching and interpreting of the Scriptures that was met with a Jewish mob and false accusations. Paul explained and reasoned with the Jews in Thessalonica, and many Gentiles believed...

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Sermon Quotes: "Three Unexpected Converts"

"The Christian message has been expounded through these chapters of Acts in a variety of contexts, sometimes at considerable length. It was to receive significant restatement and further elaboration in the later New Testament writings. In the two millennia to follow, it would become the source of voluminous compositions and counter-compositions, both learned and popular, o...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Pulpit and The Pew"

"We never move on from the cross, only into a more profound understanding of the cross." -David Prior "I've come a long way since I heard the gospel in a drug-induced high. I've traveled many miles in this journey of faith. But by His grace I've never moved on from the cross of Jesus Christ. And I never want to." -CJ Mahaney "These accusations missed the mark, as Paul ha...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "Three Unexpected Converts"

Sermon Overview:Paul and Silas inspire us how to suffer well in Acts 16:16-40. While they are bringing the gospel to Philippi, a demon tries to interrupt their witness though a possessed slave girl. Paul casts out the demon after a few days, but this enrages the girl's slave owners as they lose their profit. The result is that Paul and Silas are beaten and jailed with fals...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Dangerous Gospel"

"Many writers briefly mention suffering or persecution in Acts. Very few, however, explain its significance at length" Paul House "In short, Acts has no purpose, no plot, no structure, and no history without suffering. Therefore proper interpretation of Acts depends in part on the commentator's grasp of suffering's importance in Acts." Paul House "It will have included t...

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Sermon Quotes: "Open Doors and Open Hearts"

"Authentic turning points in history are few. But surely among them that of the Macedonian vision ranks high. Because of Paul's obedience at this point, the gospel went westward; and ultimately Europe and the Western world were evangelized. Christian response to the call of God is never a trivial thing. Indeed, as in this instance, great issues and untold blessings may dep...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "No Turning Back"

Sermon Overview: The new Gentile Christians in Antioch are troubled by men coming from Judea andteaching that Gentile Christians must follow the law of Moses in order to be fully accepted into the Christian faith. This leads to a debate in Jerusalem where Peter demonstrates that Gentile conversion is God's work and choosing, and that cleansing was through faith and not th...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "Ordinary Evangelism"

Sermon Overview: In tandem with the Book of Acts' historical description of the early church, Colossians 4provides Paul's vision for the glorious responsibilities of a newfound Christian community in the city of Colossae. Paul urges the Colossian church to earnestly pursue the discipline of prayer, that God's unstoppable gospel may continue to break forth, even as Paul se...

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Sermon Quotes: "Ordinary Evangelism"

"Pray the same Spirit that wrote the word may assist you in reading itThink in every line you read that God is speaking to you." Thomas Watson "Paul's comments assume the Colossian believers are vitally involved in the local community and have ample opportunities to interact with outsiders in a way that would commend the gospel to them." ESV Study Bible "They are to pray...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "A Dangerous Gospel"

Sermon Overview: Suffering for the gospel is a key theme in this passage. Paul and Barnabas bravely revisit Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch to strengthen the young believers there. They warn the young Christians that suffering for the gospel is the norm for all believers. Then, Paul and Barnabas return home to report all that God had done among the Gentiles. The "door of fai...

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