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Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-39)

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch Acts 8

Acts 8:26-39

I. The providence of God (Acts 8:26-29)

    A. God provided the right teacher (Philip) for the student (the eunuch)
    B. Philip and the eunuch ended up in the same place at the same time
    C. The eunuch was reading from Isaiah 53

II. The value of questions (Acts 8:30-34)

    A. “Do you understand what you are reading?”
    B. “How can I, unless someone guides me?”
    C. “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?”

III. Philip “preached Jesus to him” (Acts 8:35-39)

    A. Preaching Jesus includes preaching about baptism
    B. Preaching Jesus produces joy when one obeys

God is Merciful

God Is Merciful

I. David – “a man after My own heart” (Acts 13:22)

    A. David’s sin (2 Samuel 11:1-27; 12:9-12)
    B. David’s repentance (2 Samuel 12:13; Psalm 51:1-4, 10)
    C. God’s mercy (2 Samuel 11:27; 12:13-14)

II. Peter

    A. Peter’s proclaimed loyalty (Matthew 26:31-35)
    B. Peter’s denials (Matthew 26:69-75)
    C. God’s mercy (John 21:15-19)

III. Paul

    A. Paul the persecutor (Acts 8:1-3; 9:1-2; 1 Timothy 1:13a)
    B. God’s mercy (1 Timothy 1:13b, 15-16; Acts 22:16; 2 Timothy 4:8)

The Equipment We Wear (Ephesians 6:13-17)

The Equipment We Wear Ephesians 6

Ephesians 6:13-17

I. Questions about wearing the whole armor of God

    A. Why? (Ephesians 6:13)
    B. Stand against what or whom? (Acts 20:29, 30, 38; Ephesians 2:1-5; 4:17-24; 4:1-3)

II. Defensive weapons

    A. Gird your waist with truth (Ephesians 6:14a; John 8:32)
    B. Breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14b; 1 Timothy 6:11; Romans 3:10, 23; 1 Corinthians 1:30)
    C. Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Peter 3:15; Acts 8:4)
    D. Shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16; Hebrews 11:1, 6; Romans 10:17)
    E. Helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17a)

III. The offensive weapon

    A. The sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17b)
    B. Use it properly (2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 4:12)

The Gospel Spreads Beyond Jerusalem (Acts 8:4-24)

The Gospel Spreads Beyond Jerusalem Acts 8

Acts 8:4-24

I. The responsibility of every Christian to evangelize

    A. It wasn’t the apostles who scattered and preached outside Jerusalem (Acts 8:1, 4; Colossians 1:23)
    B. A perpetual commission (Hebrews 5:12-14; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2)

II. The gospel is for all mankind

    A. Not just those who look and act like us (Acts 8:5; John 4:9, 20, 25)
    B. The reaction (Acts 8:6-7, 12) was joyous (Acts 8:8, 39; 16:34; 15:3)
    C. It is even for those that we don’t think will obey (Acts 8:9-13)

III. The possibility of apostasy…and restoration!

    A. Simon shows immaturity (Acts 8:14-19)
    B. Peter’s rebuke (Acts 8:20-23)
    C. Simon’s opportunity to repent (Acts 8:22, 24)

“I Am The Light Of The World” (John 8:12)

I am the Light of the World John 8:12

John 8:12

I. Jesus is a progressive light

    A. We must follow, not stand still (John 1:43; Matthew 4:18-19; 9:9; Luke 9:23-25; John 6:68)
    B. He provided guidance in the Old Testament (Exodus 13:21)
    C. He still provides guidance today (1 John 1:7; 2 John 9)

II. Jesus is a light of safety

    A. Darkness represents spiritual danger (John 12:35)
    B. Jesus’ light guides each step of the way (Psalm 119:105)

III. Jesus is a life-giving light

    A. If you take man away from the Son’s light, man will stop growing! (John 1:4; 10:10b)
    B. Jesus’ effect on spiritual health (James 1:14-15; Malachi 4:2)

IV. Jesus is a light of hope

    A. Old Testament view on immortality (Hebrews 11:13; 2 Samuel 12:23; Job 14:14)
    B. He has “brought life and immortality to light” (2 Timothy 1:10; Ephesians 2:12-13; 5:8-14)

Stephen: Uncompromising Devotion (Acts 6-7)

Stephen Uncompromising Devotion Acts 6 Acts 7

Acts 6-7

I. Full of faith

    A. A principal characteristic (Acts 6:5, 8)
    B. Faith is the foundation (2 Peter 1:5-8; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:36-37)

II. Full of power

    A. “Great wonders and signs” (Acts 6:8; 1 Corinthians 13:8-10; Mark 16:20)
    B. Wouldn’t it be easier to evangelize today with miracles? (John 20:30; Acts 6:9, 11-13; 7:54, 59-60; Luke 16:19-31)

III. Full of Scripture

    A. He knew it! (Acts 7)
    B. We can know it too! (Ephesians 5:17-21; Colossians 3:16)

IV. Full of light

    A. They could not deny who Stephen stood with (Acts 6:15)
    B. True Christians cannot help but shine the light of Jesus (Matthew 5:14-16; Philippians 2:15)

V. Full of wisdom

    A. Insurmountable wisdom (Acts 6:3, 10; 7:57)
    B. Through the Scriptures (2 Timothy 4:3-4; 3:15)

VI. Full of courage

    A. Stood up to the opponents of truth (Acts 7:51-56)
    B. We must stand for truth regardless of consequences (Galatians 4:16; Romans 1:16; Ephesians 4:15)

VII. Full of love

    A. “Do not charge them with this sin” (Acts 7:57-60)
    B. The attitude of Jesus (Luke 23:34) and Paul (Romans 9:3; 10:1)

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility sermon

I. The power to learn

    A. Learning is where faith begins (Genesis 1:27; 1 Timothy 6:7; Rom. 10:17)
    B. The more we want to learn, the more we can learn (Mt. 5:6; 1 Tim. 4:13)

II. The power to teach

    A. Jesus taught the apostles who taught others who taught others who taught others… (2 Timothy 2:2; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 5:42; 8:4; 20:20)
    B. We must be willing to guide those who want to learn (Acts 8:30-31)

III. The power to live the Christian life

    A. Walk the walk (Ephesians 4:1-3; 1 Timothy 6:11-12)
    B. In all that we do (Colossians 3:17), always abounding (1 Cor. 15:58)

Solving Problems and Growing as a Result (Acts 6:1-7)

Solving Problems Acts 6

Acts 6:1-7

I. The problem

    A. Rapid growth caused neglect (Acts 6:1)
    B. The apostles’ priorities (Acts 6:2)

II. The solution

    A. Delegate responsibilities (Acts 6:3; Exodus 18:17-18, 21)
    B. Let someone trustworthy handle “that” so we can focus fully on “this” (Acts 6:4)

III. The result

    A. The church was pleased (Acts 6:5-6)
    B. The church grew even more because “the word of God spread” (Acts 6:7; Romans 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:15; James 1:21; Acts 5:28; 8:4; 17:6)

God is Holy (and We Should Be Holy, Too!)

God Is Holy

I. The adjective “Holy” describes all three Persons of the Godhead

    A. The Father (Exodus 15:11; 1 Samuel 2:2; Psalm 103:1; 105:3; 106:47; 111:9; 145:21)
    B. The Son (Luke 1:35; Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:27; 3:14; 4:27, 30; Hebrews 7:26)
    C. The Spirit (it’s in His name: the Holy Spirit!)

II. “Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:13-16)

    A. The children of Israel (Leviticus 11:44, 45; 19:2; 20:7, 26; Deuteronomy 7:1-6)
    B. Christians (1 Peter 1:13-16; 2 Corinthians 6:17-7:1; 1 Peter 2:9; Romans 12:1; Ephesians 1:3-4; 5:27; Colossians 1:22)
    C. It is a daily decision (Colossians 3:12-13)
    D. Imitating our High Priest (Hebrews 7:26)

      1. Harmless (Matthew 10:16; Philippians 2:14-15)
      2. Undefiled (Psalm 119:1)
      3. Separate from sinners (1 Corinthians 15:33-34)

    E. “Take time to be holy”

The Enemy We Face (Ephesians 6:10-12)

The Enemy We Face

Ephesians 6:10-12

I. “Be strong in the Lord…” (Ephesians 6:10)

    A. “Be strong and of good courage” (Joshua 1:6, 7, 9, 16-18; 21:43-45)
    B. Strength comes from God and is found in Christ (Romans 8:1; James 4:7; Philippians 4:13, 19)

II. “Put on the whole armor of God…” (Ephesians 6:11)

    A. Spiritual armor (Romans 13:12-14; John 8:12; 2 Corinthians 6:3-7)
    B. “Wiles” = schemes, tricks

III. “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood…” (Ephesians 6:12)

    A. Do not underestimate the devil’s smarts (2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 4:2; 2 Timothy 3:7)
    B. Do not underestimate the devil’s strength (1 Peter 5:8)