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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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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 Quotes: "First of Many"

"There are certain facts in history which the world tries hard to forget and ignore. These facts get in the way of some of the world's favorite theories, and are highly inconvenient. The consequence is that the world shuts its eyes against them. Little by little they sink out of sight of the students of history, like ships in a distant horizon. Of such facts the subject of...

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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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Sermon Quotes: "A Real Mess to a Revived Mission"

Having failed to overcome the church by either persecution or corruption, [Satan] now tried distraction. If he could preoccupy the apostles with social administration, which though essential was not their calling, they would neglect their God-given responsibilities to pray and to preach, and so leave the church without any defense against false doctrine. John Stott In thi...

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Sermon Summary & Discussion Questions: "Deja Vu All Over Again"

OVERVIEW OF SERMON:Acts 5:12-42 follows a familiar patternthe apostles do signs and wonders, then courageously face up to persecution from the religious leaders. We learn from this text that the gospel picks up opposition as it picks up momentum. We see how those without the Spirit oppose the gospel with jealousy and rage. In contrast, those with the Spirit suffer for the ...

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