Tag Archives: Acts of the Apostles

  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. The church and “The Breakfast Club” (Acts 9.1-19) [sermon 4-15-18]

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    April 13, 2018 by jmar198013

    What does the story of Ananias and Saul in Acts 9.1-19 have in common with the ’80s Brat Pack classic, “The Breakfast Club”? Quite a bit actually. The church today has a lot to learn about our mission from Ananias and Saul. And from “The Breakfast Club.”

  5. Baptism: a story as old as heaven and earth (Acts 2.37-42) [sermon 8-13-2017]

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    August 8, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Acts 2.38, Peter told the assembly: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” When 3000 came forward to be baptized, they were plunged into an old, old story that promised a new beginning. Baptism tells a story as old as the heavens and the earth. And it’s a story that will be re-told in the new heavens and new earth.

  6. The gift(s) of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2.1-4; Galatians 4.1-7, 5.16-26; Luke 11.11-13) [Pentecost sermon 2017]

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    May 31, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Acts 2, Peter told those who were baptized at Pentecost they would “receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” We see that this gift didn’t show up primarily in the form of speaking in tongues and other flashy miracles, but in the Spirit creating a family out of a bunch of strangers.

  7. Reading the Bible like Jesus (Acts 15.1-18) [sermon 5-14-2017]

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    May 11, 2017 by jmar198013

    Acts 15 is a story of the leaders of the early church reading the Bible like Jesus. It’s a good example to follow. That’s why it’s there.

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