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  • “Be An Effective Church” Part 3 Acts 13:1-12

    “Be An Effective Church” Part 3 Acts 13:1-12

    21/02/2021 Duración: 51min

    Intro: I would like to ask a question this morning. How are we at listening? There is a difference between hearing and listening. Listening implies that we pay attention, concentrate, understand, and obey. Truth be know, many times we are not good listeners or even hearers. The average attention span these days is about 15 seconds. That is a sad statistic.  In this passage, Dr. Luke gives us two more marks of and effective church: Obedience and embracing the Word of God. Remember, the first two are a praying church, and a church given to discipleship. So, I invite you to unpack this passage with me this morning and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to us and change us from the inside out. Marks 3 & 4 Be an Obedient Church  and Embraced the Word of God  Acts 13:6-12 Part 3Barnabas, Paul, set apart by the Holy SpiritThey were worshiping and fastingThe Spirit Holy Spirit spoke for a specific purposeThe Spirit told the congregation and leadership to set aside Barnabas and Paul for a particular workAfter they praye

  • Be an Effective Church Part 2 Acts :12:25-13:5

    Be an Effective Church Part 2 Acts :12:25-13:5

    14/02/2021 Duración: 57min

    Last week, we looked at the first mark of an effective church, the church at Antioch, which is individual and corporate prayer. Today, I invite you to wrestle with the second mark of an effective church, which is discipleship. Every church, no matter what its size, is equipped by God for His work. So, when we all are lovingly obedient , the church will be an effective church for the glory of God. This doesn't happen over night. It happens through a God ordained process called discipleship!In todays church in our country, there are too many professing believers who start out well, but don't finish well. the drop out rate is astounding. One of the main reasons for this is the lack of effective discipleship within churches.Dr. Luke gives us great insights into this issue in these few verses.God equips a local church with prophets and teachersListed are BarnabasSimeon called NigerLucius of CyreneManaenSaulThe role of a prophetCall people back to God in repentance and faithTell people about their sin and sin's con

  • “Be An Effective Church!” Part 1 Acts 12:19-13:12

    “Be An Effective Church!” Part 1 Acts 12:19-13:12

    07/02/2021 Duración: 58min

    In this day and age, we need to come before God and cry out to Him to help us to be effective for His kingdom and glory. In a culture and education system that seems increasingly hostel to biblical Christianity, the church must be the light and hope of Christ. Personally, I am very tired of all the church growth books. I believe that the church of Jesus Christ needs to get back to the basics as in the book of Acts. What are the marks of an effective church? Dr. Luke give us some important marks of an effective church. Be a Praying ChurchRecognize and deal with idolatryIdolatry will be judge in both a believer's  and unbeliever's lifeThings can easily become an idolPossessions can easily become an idolActivities can easily become an idolPeople can easily become an idolRepentance and confessionNaming the idol specificallyTurning from itPutting God in His rightful position of the only true GodGod is a jealous GodHe is God who delivers us by grace through faithExodus 20:1-7Explain the purpose of the Ten Commandme

  • “Have a Problem? Go to Prayer Meeting!” Acts 12:1-19

    “Have a Problem? Go to Prayer Meeting!” Acts 12:1-19

    31/01/2021 Duración: 01h01min

    Intro: Persecution was on the rise against the church. King Herod was insane, prideful, self-serving, and a corrupt politician. He capitalized on the Jews hatred of Christians and populace agenda. He started to arrest key leaders of the church with the intent to kill them. So, the church was facing a big problem. The church will always face challenges and persecution.In this passage, Dr. Luke gives us some great insights into the causes of persecution towards the church and the way to face the persecution.Sin Is the Root of EvilThere has been and will be an on going struggle between the church of Jesus Christ and the stateIt happens when the government view the church as a threat to its power and agendaLeader who are only concerned with their own pride, power, and reputation will make lidEvil will always try to suppress and kill truthEvil can seem like it is winningJames, the brother of John, was put to death by the swordThe unbelieving Jews approvedHerod goes after another church leaderGod is Still in Contro

  • “Recover the Real Meaning of Christian!” Acts 11:19-30

    “Recover the Real Meaning of Christian!” Acts 11:19-30

    24/01/2021 Duración: 01h08min

    Intro: In languages, word meanings can change over time because of cultural and social influences. For example,the words "cool", "boss", and "pot" are a few examples. When read ancient documents or documents that are of a different time and culture, we have to apply a historical, grammatical approach as to how the original writers and hearers understood the words and their meanings. Then and only then can we draw the real meaning from the original writing. One the the words whose meaning has been changed and devalued over the years is the word, "Christian". It has come to mean someone who isn't Jewish or any other religion. One who is affiliated with a church even loosely affiliated with God. I would suggest to you that the church has to recover the real original meaning of what it means to be call Christian. In Acts 11:19-39, Dr. Luke records for us the profile of a Christian through  the life and actions of Barnabas and others. You and I can learn a lot from this passage. It can serve as a guide to evaluate

  • “Resolve Internal Conflict!” Acts 11:1-18

    “Resolve Internal Conflict!” Acts 11:1-18

    17/01/2021 Duración: 53min

    Intro: We all know that gossip is very detrimental in a church fellowship. We also know that most people in the church do not like change in their lives or in the church. When these two factors are connected and mixed together, they become a potentially explosive combination. I want to suggest that most church conflicts are based in personal preference and selfishness. God just gave Peter and Cornelius an incredible break though. God prepared Cornelius, a Gentile, to transform from a religious man to a Christ follower.  Also, God prepared Peter to know that Gentiles were also welcome into the kingdom of God through faith and repentance in Jesus Christ. This was radical for both the Jews and the Gentiles. It was radical both religiously and culturally. This passage Luke records of us show us how to resolve internal conflict in truth and grace. Real Biblical Change Reveals Much About Our CharacterIt exposes the legalistsThey obviously were speaking about this among them selvesIt exposes their selfishness and ar

  • “Embrace God’s Mission” Acts 10

    “Embrace God’s Mission” Acts 10

    10/01/2021 Duración: 52min

    Intro: Last week, we finished the seven "I am" sayings of Jesus. Together, we looked at Jesus who is the bread of life, the light of the world,  the door of the sheep, the Good Shepherd, the resurrection and the life, the truth and the life, and finally, the true vine. This morning, we go back to the Book of Acts where we left off before Advent. Luke, in Acts chapter 10, brings us to a critical turning point in the history of the church. Peter needs to learn that the Gospel is for all people, not just for the Jews. This meant that God had to work in and through His people to break down barriers. We see in this passage the incredible power of God and the plan of God. I want to suggest that when we embrace God's vision and enter into it in loving obedience, we will have the most exciting journey of our lives. We will also be astounded at what God is doing! 

  • “Be Who God Wants You to Be!” John 15:1-17

    “Be Who God Wants You to Be!” John 15:1-17

    03/01/2021 Duración: 01h01min

    Let me ask you a question this morning. What do you want to be when you grow up? I remember friends, parents, and neighbors asking me this question many times when I was young. In all fairness, there are always some adults who haven't decided what they want to be when they grow up. There is a serious problem with this question, because it assumes our identity is firmly planted in the work we do. This ultimately leads to disappointment and emptiness. There is a better question that a Christ follower ought to ask. We should be asking God what He wants us to be? The foundation for this question is that our identity is not defined by our work, but rather it is defined solely by our relationship in Christ. In other words, if we are a sanitation engineer, or domestic engineer, or a mechanic, or a medical worked, or an accountant, etc... we will be able to do those avocations for the glory of God. You see, our total identity should be anchored in our relationship with Jesus Christ. 

  • “Still Not Sure Who Jesus Is?” John 14:1-14

    “Still Not Sure Who Jesus Is?” John 14:1-14

    27/12/2020 Duración: 01h03min

    Intro: I know that Christmas can be a sentimental time. We live in a culture that keeps trying to ignore Jesus Christ and the Word of God. Here are the results of this type of faulty thinking:There is more than one way to GodThe gospel is too exclusiveGod is a loving God and won't send anyone to hellOrthodox Christianity is arrogantOur culture and some religions want all of us to adapt a view that God is ok with anything. All you have to do is live a good life...whatever that means Would you agree that we live in confusing and uncertain times:Health concernsEconomic concernsPolitical concernsTheological concerns Jesus "I Am" statement in John 14 clearly tells us the He is fully God and fully man. It also is clear that there is only one way and one way only to be right with God the Father. Jesus Gives Assurance During Uncertain and Confusing Times v. 1-4Assurance and peace and comfort come by trusting God the Father and God the SonJesus brings peace through His promisedJesus Is the Only Way to God the Father v

  • “An Unexpected Announcement!” Luke 2:8-21

    “An Unexpected Announcement!” Luke 2:8-21

    24/12/2020 Duración: 01h09min

    Christmas Eve Service 12/24/2020

  • “Do You Know the Great I AM?”

    “Do You Know the Great I AM?”

    20/12/2020 Duración: 59min

    "Do You Know the Great I Am?" John 11:1-41he question I ask today is this; Do you know the Great I Am? Since the end of November, we have been looking at the seven "I Am" statements of Jesus Christ. Allow me to recap the ones we looked at thus far:"I am the bread of life" John 6:35ff"I am the light of the world" John 8:12ff"I am the door of the sheep" John 10:7ff"I am the good shepherd" John 10:11ff Today, we are going to look at Jesus' statement, "I am the resurrection and the life" John 11:25ff. Perhaps, this statement is familiar to you, but this statement lays out the person and work of Jesus Christ. It gives us the real gift of Christmas. The incarnation of the Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, is God's greatest gift to us. The Bible says that the gift of forgiveness of sin and a real personal relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is offered to anyone who would put their trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ. In this passage, the Apostle John, records for us a

  • “How to Live a Full Life” John 10:11-21 Part 2

    “How to Live a Full Life” John 10:11-21 Part 2

    13/12/2020 Duración: 55min

    Intro: This time of year, we will see cover stories on magazines such as, "Who Is Jesus?" or "The Historical Jesus" and many more. Many people today are still trying to figure out who Jesus was or is. Was He just the son of a carpenter?; Was He just a great teacher or philosopher?; Was He delusional or just a religious charlatan?... The reality is that how you and I answer these questions will determine the life we live here and our eternal destiny. During Jesus' earthly ministry, the Jews and some Gentiles were trying to figure Him out by asking the same questions. John records for us how Jesus handled these questions with truth. Notice, Jesus makes another powerful "I Am" statement  to the Pharisees and other listeners. He says boldly, "I am the good shepherd". Jesus, in this passage, gives us some great insights into why He is the good shepherd. Jesus shows the difference between the good shepherd and a false shepherd. The Good Shepherd Will Sacrifice Himself for His Sheep. v. 11Jesus makes a contrast betw

  • “How to Live a Full Life” John 10:1-10

    “How to Live a Full Life” John 10:1-10

    06/12/2020 Duración: 56min

    Intro:  There are so many "How to" books on the market such as how to be a good parent, how to have a good job, how to have a good marriage, and many more. We probably have more self help books published more than ever before and yet, in general, things are getting worse. It seems to me that the Bible has much to say about having a full life. I would love to suggest that if we ignore what the Bible says, we settle for cheap and temporary substitutes. A blind man discovered how to live a full life in John 9. As you know, this man was blind from birth. Jesus met him and restored the blindman's sight. This resulted in the Pharisees become infuriated because only God can heal... In this passage, Jesus plainly illustrates to the Pharisees that He is God in the flesh. He does this through the use of 2 illustrations; the gate and the good shepherd. In this encounter, Jesus reveals the simple and precious truth of the gospel. As He speaks, He also reveals the pride and nearsightedness of the Pharisees.  True Shepherd

  • “Jesus Said, ‘I Am the Light of the World’.” So What?

    “Jesus Said, ‘I Am the Light of the World’.” So What?

    29/11/2020 Duración: 52min

    "Jesus Said, 'I Am the Light of the World'." So What?Intro: Most of us remember the night when the lights went out with superstorm Sandy in late October of 2012. It wasn't a very pleasant experience. Many of us did not have electricity for lights for days and, in most cases, for weeks. We also know that a lot of bad things can happen in the darkness: robbery, looting, violence, and other crimes. The night seemed so much darker without lights and power. No streetlights, no lights in our homes, no television, no heat, etc.  So, a flashlight or a candle gave us enough light to help us feel a bit more safe and secure. The Bible uses the imagery of light and darkness many times. The Bible refers to darkness as a cover for all sorts of evil. In fact, the Scripture says the all who are without a personal relationship with Christ through faith are living in darkness. We need to take a moment and meditate on this. The darkness of evil and sin is the reason that our world is in constant conflict and chaos. So, for thos

  • “Let’s Give Thanks to God!” Psalm 111

    “Let’s Give Thanks to God!” Psalm 111

    25/11/2020 Duración: 48min

    Let's Praise and Thank God!

  • “Do You Know the Bread Who Gives Life?”

    “Do You Know the Bread Who Gives Life?”

    22/11/2020 Duración: 49min

    Last week, we spoke of some misconceptions about ministry and following Christ. As we come into the holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, I would like to suggest that there may be some serious misconceptions of what we may be seeking during this holiday season, or, in fact, what we may be seeking even after the holidays.This passage gives us some great insights about searching in the wrong places with nearsighted hearts for things that may satisfy only temporarily. Jesus Christ offers us much more than this world could ever offer. We can enjoy the truly good things of the world, but we need to realize they cannot  in themselves satisfy our spiritual hunger.Only the Person and work of Jesus Christ is able to sustain us spiritually now and for all eternity. Beware of Searching for Satisfaction In the Wrong Places v. 25-This passage follows Jesus's miracle of feeding the 5,000 with  five small barley loaves, and two small fishThe people were fed until they were fullThey were amazed and wondered what Jesu

  • “Are We Ready For the Challenges of Ministry?”

    “Are We Ready For the Challenges of Ministry?”

    15/11/2020 Duración: 52min

    Intro: There are many misconceptions about the nature of ministry in the culture and in the church. For instance, some people believe that a pastor a just opens up the Bible on Sunday and gives a message. Let me ask a question, how many hours of preparation does it take for a pastor to prepare a message? Another misconception is that the pastor is the professional and is paid to do all the ministry. Because of this misconception, the rate of pastoral burnout and dropout remains alarmingly high. There is another serious misconception in the modern evangelical church in America. Somehow we think that when a Christ follower enters in a ministry, it will be without challenges. The result of this misconception is, again, disappointment, disillusionment, burnout, and dropout. So, this morning, I want to ask are we ready for the challenges of ministry? In this passage today, Dr. Like give us realistic insights into some of the challenges of ministry as faced by the Apostle Paul.  Can This Change of Heart Be Real? v.

  • “Only Jesus Can Change a Human Heart!”

    “Only Jesus Can Change a Human Heart!”

    08/11/2020 Duración: 56min

    Saul's Heart Condition Before His Encounter with Jesus v. 1-2"...breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples."He obtained authorization from the high priest to continue to search for followers of Christ and take them to prison.Notice, the name given to the gospel is "the Way"Remember, Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life..."Saul's Encounter With Grace and Righteousness v. 3-10Notice that Saul was on his way to Damascus to persecute the followers of Christ with the full authority of the high priestA light from heaven was so overwhelming that Saul fell to the groundJesus asked Saul a key questionSaul responds with a key questionJesus identified Himself "I am...""Jesus who you are persecuting"Jesus gives a commandGet up and go into the city and you will be told what to doThere were men traveling with Saul who stood there speechless e.g. they heard the sound, but did not see anyoneSaul obeyed got up from the ground and was blindFor 3 days, Saul was blind and didn't eat anythingHis f

  • “How Do We Guard Our Heart?”

    “How Do We Guard Our Heart?”

    01/11/2020 Duración: 58min

    Intro: Last week, we talked about four spiritual heart conditions from Acts 8. When you and I put our trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ, we were given a new spiritual heart. The Holy Spirit lives in us. So, the question must be raised, how do we guard our spiritual heart? On this communion Sunday, I thought we need to take a look at a few key passages that give us practical guidelines about guarding our heart. Next week we will look at Saul's journey in Acts 9. Proverbs 4:20-27We Need to Listen and Pay Attention v. 20Keep These Words of Wisdom Front of You and Within Your Heart  v. 21Here is the reason: "They are life to those who find them and health to one's whole body." v. 22Here is the key to living life well.Above All Else, guard you heart, v. 23The activity of guarding our hearts must be continual and consistentEverything we do comes out of our heartGood or evilWarren Wiersbe in his book, Live Like a King notes, "The eyes see what the heart loves. If the heart loves God and is single in devotio

  • “What Is Our Heart Condition?” Acts 8

    “What Is Our Heart Condition?” Acts 8

    25/10/2020 Duración: 51min

    Intro: When a person has a healthy heart, usually their overall health is good. I don't want to over simplify this. I do know there may be other health issues, but the heart is vital to our health. Cardiologists use tools like, EKGs, echo-cardiogram, stress test, and a cardiac angiography to determine the health of your heart. There are some very concrete ways that you and I can evaluate our spiritual heart condition. This morning, I want to suggest that Dr. Luke gives us insights into the symptoms different types of spiritual heart conditions. He shows us an angry heart, an obedient heart, a spiritually open heart, and a deceitful heart. I want to be clear today, in order for us to have a healthy spiritual heart, we must have an ongoing and deepening relationship by faith with the Lord Jesus Christ.

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