Sermons (Page 2)

Sermons (Page 2)

The Gospel for All People

Christianity is often accused of being a narrow minded religion, too limiting in its principles, too narrow in whom it reaches. In our sermon this week, we will see the breadth of gospel impact on social classes. And in simple yet profound terms, we will hear who God really is and what the way of salvation is.

Acts 15: Disagreements, Debates, & Decisions

In this week’s section, we examine several conflicts that arose in the church as they spread “to the remotest parts of the earth”. With gentiles now becoming a large part of the community of faith, the chosen people of God, how ought they operate? New situations and clashing cultural habits lead to some difficult conversations and decisions.  As we look at how the church handled these situations, we gain insight into how to handle disagreements and decisions in our churches today.

Acts 13-14: The Gospel Spreads to the Gentiles

In this week’s passage, the Holy Spirit sends Paul and Barnabas out as missionaries to travel hundreds of miles, preaching the gospel to new regions. This pair of traveling evangelists will sail the seas, move past mountains, and survey new cities as they encounter a magician, government officials, religious leaders, and much more. But will the gospel be accepted or rejected? What unforeseen dangers await?

Acts 10: For the Nation

To enter the kingdom of God, language, ethnicity, nationality, and even how bad of a sinner we are do not matter. Only one thing is necessary.

The Conversion of a Christian Killer

This week, as we continue our Acts series, we see how the Holy Spirit worked to further his mission of expanding the church through one of the most dramatic and important conversion stories we see in the Bible: Saul of Tarsus. The “Hebrew of Hebrews”, was so zealous for God that he would not tolerate this new sect of Messianic heretics, followers of “The Way”.  They claimed that Jesus, the one who suffered the horrific shame of crucifixion, proving that…

Expansion to Samaria

Perhaps you’ve heard the story of the man who died and went to heaven, and as he approached the pearly gates he came to Peter.  Peter asked him, “What have you done to be worthy of entering heaven? And don’t tell me about helping a little old lady cross the street.  People think  any little good deed will get them to heaven. Tell me something that’s significant. The man thought for a moment and said, “Well, there was the time…

Stephen Full of the Spirit

Christ calls his followers to a way of living that cannot be conducted by mere human power but must be inspired and strengthened by God himself in a curious but crucial way: to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 5– The Unstoppable Church

Through both mundane and extreme challenges (think persecution, COVID, etc.), the church of God can and must continue its mission of making disciples by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Signs and Wonders

This morning we are in our fifth week of our walkthrough of the book of Acts. Please open your bibles with me to Acts chapter 3. We’ll be covering a fairly large part of scripture today. Chapter 3, about a third of chapter 4, and a bit from chapter 5. There’s  a lot going on in this section, and we’ll be making two passes through here at least to cover some important themes. This morning, I want to talk about…

Gospel Shaped Community

We might think of “church” as a building or a meeting on Sunday morning that we “have to” go to. But the first church was a gathering of passionate disciples of Jesus who lived with great joy, awe, and oneness, all inspired by their faith in the risen Savior, the long-awaited Messiah. This church’s example will inspire us to seek and find what they had.

The Message of the Ambassador

As ambassadors for Christ, we have an assignment: to announce Jesus to the world. What specifically do we announce? As we read Acts, we will learn from the simple yet rich words of Peter and other apostles and so find wisdom to announce life and hope to our world.

The Beginning of the End

We continue our walk through of Acts this week by looking at the very beginning of “The Last Days” – a period of time foretold by Old Testament Prophets – the age where God’s Holy Spirit is no longer limited to a single location in a single nation, but is now poured out on all who believe in Jesus, God’s Messiah. Luke chronicles the events of the beginning of “The Last Days” – Some amazing things happen! We will discuss how these events relate to us today as a church, and how we too should proclaim the mighty works of God to all nations.

Acts: The Holy Spirit and His Unstoppable Church – Part 1

This week we’re beginning a 17-week walkthrough of the book of Acts. In Acts we find Luke the Physician writing down a careful history of the progress of the gospel from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. In Acts, we can find courage in the certainty of Jesus’s triumph over sin and death, and in the fact that no power of hell or scheme of man can stop God’s plan to spread the good news of His son Jesus…

The Glory of Work

God is a worker, and he has called us— made in his image—to work. This makes our work, though tarnished by sin, holy and glorious as we do it for him and by him. And God calls us to work to provide for ourselves and bring good to our world.

Stand Firm in the Love of God

When life doesn’t go the way we expect, we are often filled with doubt, discouragement, and distraction, and we can feel stuck. What is the antidote? How do we stand firm in what we know to be true? Paul addresses this question in his letter to the Thessalonians, and we’ll explore his answer together.

The Victorious Lord

Believers in Christ may experience suffering for their faith in him. And when this happens, they may be tempted to quit because of the seeming injustice of it all. In our passage today, Paul speaks of God’s justice toward the Christian and the persecutor. Though none of us at Stonebrook may be suffering for Jesus’ sake to the extent of this Thessalonian church, we too can be strengthened in faith and deeds as we remember the pure and complete justice of God.

The Justice of the Lord

Believers in Christ may experience suffering for their faith in him. And when this happens, they may be tempted to quit because of the seeming injustice of it all. In our passage today, Paul speaks of God’s justice toward the Christian and the persecutor. Though none of us at Stonebrook may be suffering for Jesus’ sake to the extent of this Thessalonian church, we too can be strengthened in faith and deeds as we remember the pure and complete justice of God.

Colorblind: Our Struggle to See the Multicolor Image of God

This past Tuesday morning, after I had spent several days preparing to handle  the tricky subjects of the fire, eternal damnation, and tribulation described in 2 Thessalonians 1, the elders decided we needed tackle something actually controversial today: Racial harmony and social justice.  In case you’ve been hiding in a cave somewhere for the past few months, recently George Floyd’s murder at the hands of a police officer in Minnesota were captured in a gruesome 9 minute video, sparking protesting…

Living for the Day of the Lord

The Christian life is described as a race. And as anyone who has seen God’s call for how we ought to run it we know that it can seem long and hard. The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 that we cannot run well or finish strong if we lose sight of the finish line and the prize.

Hope in the Resurrection

When Jesus returns, the dead will rise and believers left alive will be changed. Because we know this, we should not grieve when fellow-believers die, for that glorious day awaits us all. We should be encouraged by these truths.