Tag 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. 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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Fulfilling Isaiah (Acts 8.26-39) [sermon 5-7-2017]

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    May 6, 2017 by jmar198013

    The work of the church is to continue what God and Jesus and Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch began. To “take up the cause of all the black sheep,” the ones who have been considered unclean and excluded from God’s people. To bring them to the Good News of God’s salvation—that God has heard them crying out in their shame and humiliation. That they are not strangers to God. That God knows and loves all his children. That Jesus has borne their shame and rejection in his cross. That in the incarnation, death, resurrection, and glorification of Christ, Father God has “embraced the company of the lowest.” Our work as the church is to keep fulfilling Isaiah 56 through the Good News of Isaiah 53. We need to know who the foreigners and eunuchs of our time are to do this. I believe we are wise enough to know this.

    Because the bottom line is, God has embraced the church in our shame and uncleanness through the waters of baptism. And Jesus’ word to us is the same as it ever was: Do unto others as I have done for you.

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