Did you know that words possess great power? Wars have been waged and peace has been brokered, all through the power of words. Hopes have been bolstered and dreams have been shattered by the power of a few words. Families have begun and ended all because of the power of a few words. Words inspired the collapse of the Communist system in the former Soviet Union.
Whether we see it or not, words hold a tremendous power over our daily lives. The Bible is full of statements regarding words and their power.
Paul seized every opportunity to testify that God has sent His Son, Jesus, for the salvation of all people. He didn’t need a pulpit, or platform, or a special occasion to let others know about the saving grace God provided through Jesus Christ. Even as he is arrested, he took advantage of the situation to tell others what God has done for all of us.
We should never make excuses for not telling others what Jesus has done for us personally.
As we read through the book of Acts, it is everywhere apparent that courage is always important in the Christian life, but never more than when your loyalty to the faith will lead to hardship in your life.
Acts 21:1-14 gives us insight as to how we should respond to doing God’s will even when we know trouble lies ahead because of it.
The basis of the scripture this morning is that Paul felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to go to Jerusalem.
Have you ever felt led of the Lord to do something? If so, then you know what Paul was feeling!
In these verses, the great apostle teaches us what a believer does when he or she is compelled by the Holy Spirit as we see a powerful lesson of dedication, determination, and steadfastness.
When you became a Christian, Jesus set you free. But what does that freedom really mean, and how is it different from the freedom we celebrate on Independence Day?
If you want to cultivate a heart that is centered on the love of God, it is important to consider what the Bible has to say on the topic of Christian liberty.
Anyone raised in a family environment has their own share of family secrets. These little tid-bits of reality are usually kept within the small family circle. Some secrets may be dark while others are filled with light, spontaneity, perhaps a bit embarrassing, and often downright funny.
Did you know that those of us who have been born into God’s family also have a family secret? There is something that we know that those who are not part of God’s forever family do not know.
Today in Acts 19 we come to verses 8-20 where we clearly see God at work through the life of Paul. As he faces opposition, God uses even that to further the Gospel to Jews and Greeks alike throughout Asia.
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus and on his arrival he found some disciples and asked them a strange question. Their answer stuns us.
Even John the Baptist had talked about the Holy Spirit, and one would certainly expect his followers to respond differently. From what we know in this brief account, these men were even less advanced than Apollos, placing their singular focus on John the Baptist.
This morning we'll look at that unique encounter that Paul had with these disciples upon his return.
As we look at this account in Acts 18, it describes the growth of the church, but also gives us insight into how Christians mature. It’s this stage of physical growth that I want to compare to the spiritual growth of a Christian.
As we look in Matthew chapter 5, the Lord began his famous Sermon on the Mount with a series of verses that have come to be known as the Beatitudes.
Our focus today is on BEING Before DOING.
Verse 6 in Matthew 5, is planted squarely in the middle of this section. All of the beatitudes coming before it, point to it. And all of the ones following it, come out of it.
It's important to understand the point Jesus is making here. These are the big “Be” attitudes and not the Do” attitudes. Being comes before doing, because what we do is always determined by who we are.