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Sermon Summary - Love One Another - Philippians 2:1-4

Paul appeals to the Christian's vertical experience with God through Jesus Christ, and instructs them to allow that experience to drive them to prefer one another in love....

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Sermon Summary - Christian Suffering - Philippians 1:29

Five Biblical reasons why God ordains suffering: 1) suffering deepens faith, 2) suffering increases your experience of glory in eternity, 3) God uses the suffering of some to help others, 4) sufferings carry the gospel of Christ's sufferings, 5) the gospel's beauty is made clear through suffering...

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Sermon Summary - Walk Worthy of the Gospel - Philippians 1:27-30

Christians are called to live in a way that is worthy of the gospel of Christ. Faith is the only thing that fits with what the gospel demands, thus demonstrating how worthy the Lord is....

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Sermon Summary - Gospel Centered Praying - Philippians 1:9-11

This prayer is here for us to pray constantly for ourselves and for each other. It’s radically gospel-centered and radically God-centered, that we would grow in loving God and loving others. ...

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Sermon Summary - The Perseverance of the Saints - Philippians 1:6

Philippians 1:6 teaches us what has been known throughout church history as the perseverance of the saints. This biblical doctrine teaches that those who have come to faith in Jesus will persevere in faith to the end because God preserves us....

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Sermon Summary - Slaves of Grace and Peace - Philippians 1:1-2

Allow God’s grace to go with you, dispensed to us through the Scripture, through God’s word internalized, being applied to the heart by the Spirit. ...

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Sermon Summary -The Lord's Supper (Part One) - Luke 22:19-20

Luke 22 shows us the most crucial meal ever eaten in the history of the world. This was a critical moment in salvation history, where Jesus will pour out his heart to these disciples, and indeed to all of His disciples. This is a memorial meal the church is to recall often, again and again in its gathering. ...

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Sermon Summary - Gods Sovereignty Through the Storms of Life - Acts 27

Jesus promised Paul he would get to Rome, but He didn't promise how. This unexpected journey of storm and shipwreck is a microcosm of the Christian life. ...

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Sermon Summary - Who’s Crazy? Acts 26:24-29

Who are the crazy ones today, those who live for this present world or those who love Jesus and walk with Him in the light of eternity? ...

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Sermon Summary - The Crucifixion

There is no salvation for any of us right now from the justice that we all deserve except through the brutal, gory cross of Jesus from Nazareth....

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Sermon Summary - The Gospel of Repentance - Acts 25:22-26:23

Repentance is a turning of the whole person from sin to holiness, darkness to light, and Satan to God. It involves a change of mind and change of behavior. ...

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Sermon Summary - The Resurrection: Religious Belief or Historical Fact? Acts 25:13-21

The resurrection is not a matter of private opinion. It is a declared fact of history that confronts every single human being....

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Sermon Summary - The Lord Orchestrates The Details of Our Lives - Acts 25:1-12

Like Paul, we must trust God’s sovereign, providential hand with every detail of our lives. ...

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Sermon Summary - Waiting and Trusting in Times of Silence - Acts 24:24-27

While stuck in jail for two whole years, Paul models for us how to trust God's strange providence even when He seems to be silent. ...

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Sermon Summary - Felix Models The Pathway To Hell - Acts 24:22-27

Though Felix felt such fear that he was trembling after hearing Paul's preaching, rather than act on those feelings of ultimate reality that were coming over him, he instead squashed them....

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Sermon Summary - The Gospel Offends the Proud - Acts 22:17-22

Biblical saving faith removes any valid grounds for boasting. And that's what's so offensive to us as sinners, and to the Jewish crowd who wanted Paul dead. ...

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Sermon Summary - Our Testimonies are Servants of the Gospel - Acts 21:27-22:21

Our testimonies are important servants in carrying the gospel to various persons and groups, acting as a bridge connecting our lives to the gospel. ...

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Sermon Summary - Paul Becomes a Jew To the Jews - Acts 21:15-26

Paul chose to put aside his freedom for the sake of having favor with believing and non believing Jews. We should live the same way and not use our freedom in Christ as a stumbling block to a fellow brother. ...

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Sermon Summary - How Can I Know the Will of God For My Life? - Acts 20:36-21:14

This passage brings up a huge question for us: is there a pre-ordained, hidden plan of God for each of our lives that we are meant to try and discern before we make choices? ...

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Sermon Summary - The Joy and Freedom of Being a Giver - Acts 20:32-35

We should love and seek our Lord Jesus seeking to be blessed in joy and freedom by giving, because it is more blessed to give than to receive. ...

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Sermon Summary - It Is Good To Give Thanks - Psalm 92

This Psalm gives three reasons to give thanks: 1) it is good to give thanks to the Lord because of who He is and what He has done for us, 2) because the world will eventually be judged, and 3) because He causes His people to flourish. ...

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Sermon Summary - Guarding Against False Teaching - Acts 20:29-32

Shepherds are to guard the flock against false teachers. They do this by knowing the truth of the gospel. ...

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Sermon Summary - Two Commands to Elders - Acts 20:28-30

Elders are called to pay attention to themselves first and then to the flock, in order to shepherd the people they’re responsible for. ...

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Sermon Summary - How To Persevere To The End - Acts 20:22-27

Paul's exhortation to the Ephesian elders is the key to persevering to the end: to not consider this temporal life as more important than faithfulness to the Lord, and the ministry to which one is called....

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Sermon Summary - Paul: The Model of Church Leadership - Acts 20:13-21

Paul’s admonition to the church leaders of Ephesus gives us a model for church leaders and every Christian, as we are called to servanthood, transparency, humility and sound doctrine. ...

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Sermon Summary - Paul: A Model of Faithfulness - Acts 20:1-12

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Paul was utterly committed to Christ’s church, which led him to revisit the churches in Macedonia and Achaia for the purpose of strengthening the believers and bringing unity to all the churches by collecting an offering for the poor in Jerusalem. ...

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Sermon Summary - The Purifying Effects of Persecution - Acts 19:21-41

The Holy Spirit calls people from the world and its culture, causing them to change their practices, often bringing persecution as well. ...

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Sermon Summary - The Deadliness Of Pragmatism In the Church - Acts 19:11-20

We must get rid of any desire to control the unseen and the seen through magical sayings, and instead submit to the sovereign lordship of King Jesus. ...

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Sermon Summary - Evangelism, The Spirit, and The Word - Acts 19:1-10

The three major points that we see in today’s passage are evangelism, the work of the Holy Spirit, and the ongoing teaching of sound doctrine, which overall produces more evangelism. ...

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Sermon Summary - Apollos The Preacher/Teacher - Acts 18:18-28

Apollos was a man mighty in the Scriptures, yet humble enough to receive correction from a tent maker and his wife (Priscilla and Aquila)....

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Sermon Summary - Jesus Is With Us In Our Fears - Acts 18:1-17

There are three major realities in Paul’s missionary trip to Corinth that we can relate to. First, every Christian goes through trials. Second, in all of them the Lord is faithful. Third, we are called to be faithful servants of our Lord....

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Sermon Summary - Paul Preaches in Athens - Acts 17:16-34

Paul adapts his approach, but not the gospel. He first finds common ground with his audience in Athens before proclaiming God the Creator, Jesus' resurrection, and the call to repentance. ...

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Sermon Summary - Preaching To Discover The Elect - Acts 17:1

Why is it that Paul continues to preach the gospel regardless of the culture’s hatred and opposition? Paul knew that some would be saved by the gospel, or in other words, he would discover the elect. ...

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Sermon Summary - Contemplating God - Rom. 4:16-21

Contemplating God, something that should be a constant in our lives as believers, is something that we learn from Abraham here in Romans 4. ...

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Sermon Summary - The Spirit’s Guiding - Acts 16:1-10

The Holy Spirit's guiding brings Silas, Timothy, and Luke into Paul's life as he begins his second missionary journey. The Holy Spirit then prevents them from going to Asia and Bithynia, ultimately revealing through a vision given to Paul, that they are called to preach the gospel in Macedonia. ...

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Sermon Summary - What Must I Do To Be Saved? - Acts 16:25-34

For every human being in the world today, there is no question more important than the one posed by the jailer in this passage, "What must I do in order to be saved?" There’s only one answer, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved."...

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Sermon Summary - Church Planting - Acts 16:11-29

God is sovereign over planting churches, and over saving souls. He does it through the gospel being faithfully preached. God opens the hearts of some to respond with faith, while others reject the gospel because of the hardness of their hearts. Lydia did not open her own heart; the Lord opened her heart. ...

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Sermon Summary - Believe and Be Baptized - Acts 16:11-33

It is through baptism that we who have come to faith in Jesus dramatize what has taken place in our hearts. Baptism portrays the work of the Holy Spirit himself uniting us spiritually with Jesus and his atoning death on the cross. It also portrays our new spiritual life and our future resurrection life. ...

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Sermon Summary - Loving During Personality Clashes - Acts 15:30-41

Luke tells us about a sharp disagreement between Barnabas and Paul that led to the disintegration of their close working relationship together as teachers and preachers. Even though they separated, Paul kept and had respect for Barnabas’ work and eventually found Mark useful for ministry. ...

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Sermon Summary - Love Considers the Conscience of the Other - Acts 15:12-29

Spiritual maturity requires standing firm on core gospel issues, but favoring love and unity over disagreement on non-essentials. There are times when conceding to others' consciences is right, wise, and loving. ...

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Sermon Summary - Division Over the Gospel is Necessary - Acts 14:24-15:11

Unity that compromises the doctrine of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone is destructive....

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Sermon Summary - The Office of Elders - Acts 14:19-23

Paul and Barnabas return to the cities they preached in, not as evangelists, but as shepherds to organize the believers into churches with elders. ...

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Sermon Summary - How to Preach to Pagans - Acts 14:8-20

Paul urged the people of Lystra to turn away from vain sacrifices to gods and turn to the true living God. He knew his audience and spoke to them about God’s common grace in their lives. ...

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Sermon Summary - Evangelism and Election - Acts 13:42-14:7

In this passage, there are 4 lessons about the gospel that we are to learn: 1) God has an elect people, 2) the gospel is about the glory of God foundationally, 3) the Biblical gospel wipes out all human boasting, 4) the gospel divides ...

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Sermon Summary - Biblical Evangelism - Acts 13:13-41

In Paul’s first recorded sermon we see his worldview and his gospel which comes with two foundational truths. The first is that God’s sovereignty shines through all human history. The second is that everything that has been written about Israel's history was leading up to the coming of Jesus in order to save sinners through His life and resurrection. ...

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Sermon Summary - Paul's Gospel and His Apostleship - Acts 13:4-12

Luke establishes Paul’s authority as an apostle and gives proof to his legitimacy by recording one of Paul’s signs and wonders, the blinding of the Jewish magician Bar-Jesus. ...

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Sermon Summary - The Schemes of the Devil - Acts 13:4-12

Our gospel witness brings us constantly into a battle with the enemy of salvation in Jesus Christ. Therefore, as believers, we need to grasp how he works (his schemes), in order to do spiritual battle against him. ...

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Sermon Summary - The Preaching Call and Missions - Acts 12:25-13:3

Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."...

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Sermon Summary - To Oppose God’s Glory is to Lose in the End

God created the universe for His glory, and those who oppose His glory by lifting themselves up, in the end will lose. ...

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Sermon Summary - Pain, Evil, and the Sovereignty of God - Acts 12:1-17

God is sovereign over both the death of the apostle James, and the miraculous deliverance of the apostle Peter. This drives the church to earnest prayer, and God is glorified in answering their prayers. ...

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Sermon Summary - Barnabas: A Good Man - Acts 11:19-30

Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. His exhortation to remain faithful to the Lord, steadfast in purpose, instructs us to be like him....

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Sermon Summary - Changing Is Hard - Acts 11:1-18

One of the major parts of living the Christian life is having the Lord constantly change our views, theologies, sinful feelings, or cultural givens because he is changing us from one degree of glory to another....

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Sermon Summary - The Two Ingredients of Salvation - Acts 10:44-48

The way of salvation is always twofold: 1) the content and clarity of the gospel of Jesus, and 2) the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit falling in order to save souls. ...

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Sermon Summary - How To Do Evangelism - Acts 10:30-48

The way of salvation is laid out in this passage: God is offering to make peace with rebellious sinners through Jesus Christ. ...

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Sermon Summary - The Gospel Goes to the Gentiles - Acts 10:1-29

The larger message of Peter’s vision was that he, as a Jew, is not to look at non-Jews as unclean or unworthy of having the gospel preached to them. ...

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Sermon Summary - From Death to New Life in Christ - Acts 9:31-43

Jesus healed the bedridden man Aeneas, raised Dorcas from the dead, and then saved many persons with the gospel. ...

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Sermon Summary - Hope in the Lord - Psalm 131

This psalm shows us David’s childlike trust in the Lord and his exhortation to trust in the Lord....

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Sermon Summary - Jesus is the Son of God - Acts 9:19-22

Luke summarizes the core of Paul’s preaching, which is 1) Jesus is the Son of God and 2) Jesus is the messiah that was promised in the Hebrew scriptures....

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Sermon Summary - Persecution & The New Sexual Revolution - Acts 8:1

God uses persecution as a means to purify His church and for the spread of the gospel through evangelism....

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Sermon Summary - Paul Meets Jesus on the Damascus Road - Acts 9:1-19

Through the salvation of Saul of Tarsus, we know that no one is outside hope of the Lord's salvation. Paul’s unlikely conversion to Christ should bring us great encouragement. ...

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Sermon Summary - Listen To The Holy Spirit's Leadings - Acts 8:26-40

Does God speak to His people today? Biblically, there is no reason that the Holy Spirit would now be silent in personally guiding His people like He did Philip. The Bible does not rule out the special guidance of the Holy Spirit; it advocates it. ...

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Sermon Summary - False Conversions - Acts 8:9-25

The Holy Spirit fell upon the Samaritans and they saw the grace of God in Jesus. Simon however, was blind to this, and only saw the manifestations of the Spirit and focused on what he could gain from them. ...

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Sermon Summary - The Christian Doctrine of Death - Acts 7:54-8:1

Stephen is a model for how God gives special grace in dying to those who belong to Christ. We should be encouraged, that as Jesus supported Stephen in the process of dying, His grace will be sufficient for us too. ...

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Sermon Summary - Jesus Made The Temple Obsolete - Acts 6:7-15

Stephen preached that Jesus was the fulfillment of Moses, the Law, the customs, the temple, and the sacrificial system, rendering those things unnecessary now that the reality has come. ...

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Sermon Summary - A Church Unbelievers Feared to Attend (Acts 5:12-16)

The great fear that came over the whole church and over all who heard the fate of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:11) made this a church that unbelievers would not dare to attend. The powerful, consistent, regular signs and wonders in this passage and throughout the book of Acts were unprecedented in church history. ...

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Sermon Summary - Baptism (Acts 2:37-41)

Water baptism portrays and dramatizes forgiveness of sins and union with Christ by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. ...

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Sermon Summary - The First Evangelistic Sermon (Acts 2:14-41)

Acts 2:14-41 is the very first Christian evangelistic sermon. 4 ways that God has authenticated Jesus of Nazareth as Lord and Messiah: His life, death, resurrection, and exaltation to the right hand of the Father. ...

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Sermon Summary - Is the Spiritual Gift of Tongues for Today?

Are the “sign” gifts (like tongues) for today? Or did those gifts only have their place in the first century?...

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6/10/18 - Sermon Summary - Baptism (Part 1)

(Matthew 3:1-10) Main point: Baptism is to be obeyed by every person who has come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. ...

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6/17/18 - Sermon Summary - Baptism (Part 2)

(1 Peter 3:18-22) Main point: Baptism is the outflow of saving faith, not the cause of saving faith. ...

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6/3/18 - Sermon Summary - Love and Guard the Truth (2 John)

Love and Guard the Truth (2 John) 2 John is like a brief summary of several of the points in 1 John. So consider this a refresher of 1 John. God's commands, truth, and love among believers are key points once again. A new point made in this letter: don't provide hospitality to false teachers. (v. 1) This letter is written to "the chosen lady and her children," possibly a...

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Sermon Series: The Bible and So-called Same Sex marriage

Pastor Joe's 3-part sermon series explains what the Bible says about so-called same sex marriage...

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