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Sermons by Dr. Craig Dale

Engaging Culture

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.

What Do These Stones Mean?

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Joshua 4:20-24 SERMON IN A SENTENCE May we always remember what the Lord has done and reveal His glory to our children and to the nations so that all may revere Him and rejoice in His salvation. SERMON OUTLINE Remembrance Revelation Reverence Rejoicing

Living as Children of God

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: 1 John 2:28-3:3 SERMON IN A SENTENCE As children of God who have been born of Him, belong to Him, and will one day be like Him, we must abide in Him and seek to live holy lives free from fear and shame. SERMON OUTLINE Confidence Identity Expectation

The Miraculous Birth of the Believer

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: John 3:1-9 SERMON IN A SENTENCE The miraculous birth of the believer is a work of God’s grace wherebynsinners gain eternal life by becoming new creatures through the convicting work of the Holy Spirit who leads them to repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. SERMON OUTLINE The Meaning The Method The Magnitude

The Miraculous Birth of Jesus

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-7 SERMON IN A SENTENCE Jesus Christ is the most wonderful, life-changing, and marvelous gift of Christmas because He makes our salvation possible. SERMON OUTLINE Jesus’ miraculous conception makes the inconceivable possible  Jesus’ physical birth makes our spiritual birth possible Jesus being divested of His splendor makes our deliverance from sin possible.

The Miraculous Birth of John the Baptist

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 1:5-25, 57 SERMON IN A SENTENCE The unexpected blessing of a son born to barren parents calls us to believe in Jesus and the promise of God’s Word. SERMON OUTLINE Barrenness Blessing Belief Birth  

God is Great, God is Good! A Thanksgiving Sermon

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE:    Psalm 113   SERMON IN A SENTENCE God’s greatness and goodness demand continual praise and thanksgiving. SERMON OUTLINE We should praise and thank the Lord ____ ______ _______. We should praise and thank the Lord because ______ _____ _________. We should praise and thank the Lord because ______ _____ _________. _____________________________________________________________________________________ We should praise and thank the Lord at all times. We should praise and thank the Lord because He is great. We should praise and thank the Lord…

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. ________________________ _________________________

What? Why? How?

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6. Sermon Titled: “What? Why? How?” Sermon in a Sentence: “As believers, our ministry is to proclaim the gospel Jesus from a heart of compassion and a life of service.”

Putting the Pain of Your Past into Proper Perspective

Sermon #11 from the Series Titled: “Acts: The Advance of the Gospel” Scripture: Acts 8:1-8. Sermon Titled: “Putting the Pain of Your Past into Proper Perspective” Sermon in a Sentence: “When viewed from the proper perspective of faith, our past pain (both endured and inflicted upon others) can be used by God to magnify His grace and display His glory.”

Stephen: The First Christian Martyr

Sermon #10 from the Series Titled: “Acts: The Advance of the Gospel” Scripture: Acts 6:8-8:3. Sermon Series: “Acts: The Advance of the Gospel” Sermon in a Sentence: “When we trust in Jesus, pattern our lives after Him, and testify of Him, while we can expect to be treated as He was treated and suffer as He suffered, we nevertheless can be confident that when we close our eyes in death, we will open them to see our glorified Savior welcoming us home.”

Are you Prepared?

Scripture: Matthew 24:42-25:30. Sermon Titled: “Are you Prepared?” Sermon in a Sentence: “Be it at the end of the age or the end of our lives, we must prepare ourselves to meet the Lord by living watchful, faithful, ready, and fruitful lives, because we will be judged by Him.”

Growing Pains

Sermon #9 from the Series Titled: “Acts: The Advance of the Gospel” Scripture: Acts 6:1-7. Sermon Titled: “Growing Pains” Sermon in a Sentence: “Growing pains can become occasions for growth when priorities are safeguarded, and ministry is shared.”

Living Your Best Life

Sermon #8 from the Series Titled: “Acts: The Advance of the Gospel” Scripture: Acts 2:42-47. Sermon Titled: “The Characteristics of a Spirit-Filled Church” Sermon in a Sentence: “A Spirit-filled church will be made up of Spirit-filled believers who are passionate about studying the Bible, sharing with one another, telling others about Jesus, and worshiping together by joyfully and reverently remembering what Christ has done for them.”

Contrasts Within the Church

Sermon #7 from the Series Titled: “Acts: The Advance of the Gospel” Scripture: Acts 4:32-5:11. Sermon Titled: “Contrasts Within the Church” Sermon in a Sentence: “A healthy fear of our Holy God will keep us from hypocrisy and greed so that by His grace we remain a united, generous community that is devoted to the Lord and to one another.”

Fearlessness in the Face of Furious Firepower

Sermon #6 from the Series Titled: “Acts: The Advance of the Gospel” Scripture: Acts 4:1-31. Sermon Titled: “Fearlessness in the Face of Furious Firepower” Sermon in a Sentence: “Rather than responding with timidity and fear, when faced with opposition and persecution the Holy Spirit empowers us to boldly proclaim that Jesus alone saves.”

A Lame Excuse for a Sermon

Sermon #5 from the Series Titled: “Acts: The Advance of the Gospel” Scripture: Acts 3:1 – 4:4. Sermon Titled: “A Lame Excuse for a Sermon” Sermon in a Sentence: “Because Jesus brings complete healing to those who repent and turn to Him in faith, broken, hopeless, and spiritually lame sinners like us have every reason to leap for joy and praise God.”

The Characteristics of a Spirit-Filled Church

Sermon #4 from the Series Titled: “Acts: The Advance of the Gospel” Scripture: Acts 2:42-47. Sermon Titled: “The Characteristics of a Spirit-Filled Church” Sermon in a Sentence: “A Spirit-filled church will be made up of Spirit-filled believers who are passionate about studying the Bible, sharing with one another, telling others about Jesus, and worshiping together by joyfully and reverently remembering what Christ has done for them.”

The Characteristics of a Spirit-Filled Church