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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "Come and See"

Sermon Overview: The scenes in John chapter one reveal to us how evangelism works. In each of the six scenes we see that evangelism begins with encountering Jesus as Lord and Savior. The men who encountered Jesus in this passage discovered that he was what the Old Testament had foreshadowed. Excited to find the Messiah, each of the men reacted by going and telling those w...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "One Story"

Overview of Sermon: This passage begins with an angel of the Lord calling Philip to leave the revival in Samaria and go to the desert. Philip is led by the Spirit to speak to a God-fearing man, a Eunuch from Ethiopia. The man invites Philip into his chariot, and Philip shares the good news about Jesus, explaining how the scriptures point to and are fulfilled in Jesus. The...

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Sermon Quotes: "One Story"

"A more exotic person could hardly be imagined! Not only fromone of the most remote regions of the world, he was also animportant official there and a eunuch as well." Conrad Gempf "How difficult it was to understand the prophecy before it wasfulfilled; how easy, once the fulfillment is known." F.F. Bruce "It was clearly a part of God's plan for the gospel to reach thisB...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "The Gospel Reaches the Despised"

Overview of Sermon: Persecution of the early church scatters Christians across ancient Israel, placing Philip in the northern region of Samaria. Though first-century Jews and Samaritans hold much animosity towards one another, Acts 8 finds Philip boldly preaching the gospel to the Samaritan people, giving rise to the gospel's first recorded proclamation outside of Jerusal...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Gospel Reaches the Despised"

"God says that history is important, and it should therefore be important to us. In the Bible, God commands his people to pay attention to what happened in the past. He tells us to remember the past, to learn from it, and to tell the next generations about itThe gospel, the good news, announces events that happened in the past, in the death and resurrection of Christ. It i...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "Confessing Our Sins"

Overview of Sermon:This text shows a need for confession, warning Christians not to imagine they are nowwithout sin or to make a habit of brushing off sin. John first draws our attention to consider the holiness of God. In His light we better understand our sinfulness and our need for God's cleansing righteousness which comes through our confession of sin. Our confession d...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "The Mystery Revealed"

Summary:Divinely made known to him, Paul reveals the mystery of the gospel to the church in Ephesus. This mystery is that both Jews and Gentiles are fellow heirs and members of the same body in Christ. Paul also preached the riches of Christ, namely Jesus' upholding and sustaining work in our daily lives. The gathered church is also a means to an end: we testify God's mani...

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