Category Archives: Acts

  1. Dreaming together (Acts 2.1-21) [sermon 5-20-18, Pentecost Sunday]

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    May 18, 2018 by jmar198013

    What do you wish someone had told you when you graduated high school? I wish someone had told me to hold on to my dreams … but not so tight that I couldn’t be open to God’s dreams for me. This sermon, focusing on Acts 2.17-18, serves as both a message to graduating seniors and to the church as a whole. Because the passage we’re focusing on shows us that God inspires our dreams–and calls us to keep dreaming together.

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  2. Making Known the Unknown God (Acts 17.16-31) [sermon 4-29-18]

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    April 24, 2018 by jmar198013

    How can we spread the word about Jesus in a culture where people don’t know much about God, and the Bible no longer holds the authority it once did? Paul’s sermon from Mars Hill provides a clue. He preached the gospel to them without ever quoting the Bible, using the words of pagan poets. This provides a compelling agenda for cultural engagement for the church today.

  3. The power of song (Acts 16.16-34)

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    April 18, 2018 by jmar198013

    The songs of praise we sing to God have the power to move heaven and shake earth to its foundations. Just ask Paul and Silas.

  4. Low points and high spots (Acts 6.1 – 7.2a, 44-60; Luke 23.33-34a, 46) [sermon 4-30-2017]

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    April 26, 2017 by jmar198013

    Many look to the book of Acts as a blueprint for how the church ought to be, but it’s really more of a portrait of how the church was–and often is.

    Luke makes sure we see both the low points and the high spots of the first decades of the church. We see some of these in our lesson today, as the church deals with a problem of neglect of minority widows; overwhelmed (and out of touch?) leadership; and the brutal lynching of one of its ministers. These stories all show us both low points and high spots in the life of the early church.

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