Acts: The Advance of the Gospel
The Worldly vs. the Wise View of the Resurrection
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 25:13 – 26:32 Sermon #40 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON IN A SENTENCE While the prideful and foolish world views the resurrection of Jesus as crazy and inconsequential, the humble and wise Christian recognizes it as the most important event in history SERMON OUTLINE Tricky Problem Turning Point Tragic Pride
Does God Really Know What He’s Doing?
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 24:27 – 25:12 Sermon #39 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON IN A SENTENCE God knows what He’s doing, so trust in His plan, His power, and His promises. SERMON OUTLINE Though God’s plan may be puzzling, it is still perfect. Though God’s sovereignty may be shrouded, it is still supreme. Though God’s decrees may be delayed, they are still dependable.
Paul and the Procrastinator
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 24:1-27 Sermon #38 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON IN A SENTENCE The gospel of Christ must be fearlessly proclaimed and never foolishly postponed. SERMON OUTLINE The Flattering and Falsifying Prosecutor The Forthright and Factual Prisoner The Flagrant and Foolish Procrastinator The Faithful and Fearless Preacher
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 23:12-35 Sermon #37 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON IN A SENTENCE Our circumstances may be difficult and our burdens heavy, but we can rest the full weight of our every concern on the One who holds the whole world in His hands. SERMON OUTLINE Nefarious Conspiracy Necessary Conjunction Nephew’s Confession Numerous Chaperones
Coming Home pt.2
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 21:37 – 22:29 Sermon #35 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON IN A SENTENCE Those who have been converted are called to confess their faith with calmness and courage to a culture that needs to be changed by Christ. SERMON OUTLINE His Credentials His Conversion His Commission Application Points Calmness Courage Calling Change
Coming Home pt.1
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 21:15-36 Sermon #34 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON IN A SENTENCE We must never compromise the gospel, nor willfully participate in sin, but we must passionately pursue the glory of God, the unity of the church, and the evangelization of all people while standing firmly on the truth of God’s Word…even if it costs us everything. SERMON OUTLINE Affectionate Reception Allegations and Rumors Attempted Resolution Anger and Retaliation
The Painful Pleasure of Pursuing Christ’s Plan
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 21:1-14 Sermon #33 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON IN A SENTENCE You may pay a steep price to pursue Christ’s plan for your life with courage and conviction, but you will never regret the cost. SERMON OUTLINE Differing Perspectives Disobedience vs. Devotion Prohibition vs. Prediction Determined Plan The Spirit’s Direction Christ’s Pattern Discipleship’s Price Painful Deadly Pleasurable
A Final Firewell
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 20:13-38 Sermon #32 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON IN A SENTENCE As a pastor, I must live a surrendered life of selfless and sacrificial service, shepherding God’s flock and safeguarding it from the attacks of heresy and apostasy. SERMON OUTLINE Pastoral Conduct Pastoral Concerns Pastoral Command
The Ministry of Encouragement
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 20:1-12 Sermon #31 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON IN A SENTENCE As a community of believers, we must encourage one another by gathering together for worship, uniting together in service, declaring the truth of the gospel, and clinging to the hope of the resurrection. SERMON OUTLINE 1. Presence2. Partnerships3. Proclamation4. Power of the Resurrection
When the Word of the Lord Grows
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 19:8-41 Sermon #30 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON IN A SENTENCE When the word of the Lord grows, God’s power will be displayed, Jesus Christ will be exalted, confession and repentance will occur, and society will be impacted. SERMON OUTLINE 1. Revelation2. Reverence3. Repentance4. Reform
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 18:18 – 19:10 Sermon #29 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON IN A SENTENCE Effective disciple-making occurs when Christ’s disciples enter into relationships, share the gospel, and provide gospel-centered instruction to help people trust and follow Christ. SERMON OUTLINE 1. Education2. Engagement3. Evangelism
Encouragement for the Discouraged Heart
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 18:1-17 Sermon #28 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON IN A SENTENCE God encourages our discouraged hearts by giving us everything we need to persevere in the mission to which He has called us and guaranteeing that He will be with us to the end. SERMON OUTLINE God Provided. Partners Pay Progress God Promised. His Presence His Protection Fulfillment of His Purpose
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 17:16-34 Sermon #27 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON IN A SENTENCE Out of zeal for the Lord and compassion for the lost, we must engageour culture and point them to their only hope – the Lord Jesus Christ. SERMON OUTLINE 1. Paul’s Motive2. Paul’s Method3. Paul’s Message
How to Turn the Word Upside Down (Right Side Up)
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 17:1-15 Sermon #26 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON IN A SENTENCE The only hope for an upside-down world to be turned right side up is for the truth of God’s Word to be proclaimed, believed, and obeyed. SERMON OUTLINE Fearlessly declare the truth. Ground it in Scripture. Give it strategically. Guide our hearers to the Savior Faithfully devote ourselves to the truth. Receive it passionately. Research it prudently. Respond to it properly.
Diverse, Yet Unified in Christ
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 16:11-40 Sermon #25 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON OUTLINE A __________________ ________________ Named Lydia An __________________________ ______________ Girl The ______________________ ________________ SERMON IN A SENTENCE The church is made up of very different people from all walks of life who are united together through faith in Jesus Christ.
The Lord Is Sovereign Over All Things
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 15:36-16:10 Sermon #24 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON OUTLINE 1. The Lord is sovereign over our ________________________ . 2. The Lord is sovereign over our ________________________ . 3. The Lord is sovereign over our ________________________ . SERMON IN A SENTENCE Because the Lord is sovereign over all things that happen in our lives, we must trust and obey Him.
Is Jesus Enough?
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 15:1-35 Sermon #23 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON OUTLINE The ____________________________________ The _____________________________________ The _____________________________________ SERMON IN A SENTENCE Because He is enough, Jesus plus anything else equals nothing, but Jesus plus nothing else equals everything!
Ministry’s Roller Coaster Ride
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 14:1-28 Sermon #22 from the series: Acts: The Advance of the Gospel SERMON IN A SENTENCE Despite life’s roller coaster ride, God’s grace will sustain you as you maintain a commitment to the gospel. SERMON OUTLINE 1. ________________________ _________________________ 2. ________________________ _________________________ 3. ________________________ _________________________
The Gospel Story
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 13:13-52 SERMON IN A SENTENCE The apex of human history is the promised, crucified, buried, and resurrected Christ in whom we are called to believe, and through whom we are saved and given everlasting life. SERMON OUTLINE The ________________________ Israel’s __________________________________ __________________________________ __________ Story
So, How’s Your Church Doing?
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Acts 12:25-13:12