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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "Christ's Continuing Work"

Overview of the Sermon: Luke recounts two miracles that closely reflect two of Jesus' very own. First, a paralyzed man (Aeneas) who lived outside of Jerusalem, is told by Peter that Jesus Christ heals him! Upon this man's healing, many of the locals turn to the Lord Jesus. Then, even further from Jerusalem, in Joppa, Peter is sent to raise a woman named Tabitha from the d...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "Persecutor Turned Preacher"

Overview of Sermon: Acts 9:20-31 describes what Saul did after his conversion. Immediately, Saul begins to preach the very gospel he persecuted others for believing, and the Lord uses Saul's conversion to grow the church. Saul's story illustrates the centrality of Christ in presenting the gospel, the importance of friendship and community in conversion, and God's personal...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "The Most Unlikely Convert"

Overview of Sermon: Saul, a violent enemy of the church, goes to Damascus to persecute Christians. But on the way there, God blinds him with a light from heaven. In a surprising turn of events, the seemingly "unsavable" Saul encounters the risen Lord and is radically transformed. Then, God sends an ordinary Christian to open Saul's blind eyesAnanias. Ananias courageously ...

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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 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 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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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "First of Many"

Overview of the Sermon:Luke delivers to us in Acts 6:8-8:4, the story of Stephen, the first Christian martyr, and how God begins to send His gospel to the gentiles. Stephen was a man who was full of faith and the Holy Spirit (6:5) and grace and power (6:8), passionate about teaching how all of the scriptures point to Jesus. In the temple, he comes under trial from the prie...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "A Real Mess to a Revived Mission"

Overview of Sermon:As the Church in Acts continued to expand, so did the needs. In fact, complaints aboutneglected Greek-speaking widows came to the Apostles attention. They knew that these needs must be attended to. However, they also knew that if they were to care for the widows personally, then they would lose focus on their God given responsibility to minister the Word...

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