The Holy Spirit Sermon Series


Sep 16, 2018
The Holy Spirit: Beware Counterfeits
As we continue into Acts chapter eight, we find Philip has traveled to Samaria and is preaching the gospel. Along with presenting the message of salvation, the Holy Spirit is using Philip to perform signs and wonders. Here, we find a man named Simon who was also a sorcerer. He was intrigued by the signs and message of Philip, but more importantly, he sees the crowd that once called him "the great power of God" leaving to follow another. In this message we look at the need to be aware of those seeking influence instead of Christ.
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  • Sep 16, 2018The Holy Spirit: Beware Counterfeits
    Sep 16, 2018
    The Holy Spirit: Beware Counterfeits
    As we continue into Acts chapter eight, we find Philip has traveled to Samaria and is preaching the gospel. Along with presenting the message of salvation, the Holy Spirit is using Philip to perform signs and wonders. Here, we find a man named Simon who was also a sorcerer. He was intrigued by the signs and message of Philip, but more importantly, he sees the crowd that once called him "the great power of God" leaving to follow another. In this message we look at the need to be aware of those seeking influence instead of Christ.
  • Sep 13, 2018The Holy Spirit: Our Comfort Vs. His Plans
    Sep 13, 2018
    The Holy Spirit: Our Comfort Vs. His Plans
    There is a transition that occurs in Acts chapter eight after the martyrdom of Stephen. Saul, emolden by Stephen's death, begins to persecute the church with frightening effectiveness. This causes multitudes of believers to flee Jerusalem in fear. Could this persecution be part of God's plan?
  • Sep 2, 2018The Holy Spirit: Do Not Resist Him
    Sep 2, 2018
    The Holy Spirit: Do Not Resist Him
    When Stephen is brought before the religious leaders and falsely accused of blasphemy, he gives a message they could not ignore. He began with Abraham and explained as he went how Israel had a history of rejecting those whom God sent as His servants. He stresses the rejection of Moses, the abuse of the prophets, and finally the betrayal and murder of Christ. Stating in Acts 7:51, "You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you."  In this message we look at the response of his accusers and its application to our lives today.
  • Aug 19, 2018The Holy Spirit: Serving Together
    Aug 19, 2018
    The Holy Spirit: Serving Together
    In Acts chapter six, division has entered the church and the apostles can no longer handle the load all by themselves. They needed help with this church of over 20,000 people. The apostles seek the direction of the Holy Spirit and He guides them to recruit leaders to help serve the people. Each church needs people willing to serve together. The burden is too great, the mission too large, and the message too important.
  • Aug 15, 2018The Holy Spirit: Beyond The Suffering
    Aug 15, 2018
    The Holy Spirit: Beyond The Suffering
    In Acts chapter five, the apostles are arrested. The religious leaders threatened them, but when it was clear threats would not stop them, they had the apostles given 39 lashes by the Romans and released. The response of the apostles was a testimony to those who witnessed first hand and it is a testimony to you and I today.  "So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name" (Acts 5:41).
  • Aug 14, 2018The Holy Spirit: Love and Holiness
    Aug 14, 2018
    The Holy Spirit: Love and Holiness
    In the latest message from our series on the Holy Spirit, we examine His love manifested within believers and God's requirement for holiness in the lives of His children.
  • Aug 3, 2018The Holy Spirit: His Boldness To Declare What We Have Seen And Heard
    Aug 3, 2018
    The Holy Spirit: His Boldness To Declare What We Have Seen And Heard
    After Peter and John were threatened by the religious leaders in Acts chapter four, they didn't run and hide or even seek comfort with their families. They went to the other believers (Acts 4:23) and told them everything. Instead of the news inciting fear, as it very well could have, it caused these Christ followers to call upon God to give them the boldness they needed to keep on speaking His word. 
  • Jul 29, 2018The Holy Spirit: His Conferred Authority
    Jul 29, 2018
    The Holy Spirit: His Conferred Authority
    After the healing of the lame man in Acts 3 and the message of salvation Peter preaches to the crowd, the religious leaders are not happy. They cannot deny a miracle has taken place, yet they don't want to acknowledge Jesus Christ, whom they crucified, had anything to do with it. They take Peter and John into custody in an effort to intimate them into silence. Following the verbal exchange between the two apostles and the religious elite an interesting observation is recorded by Luke. He writes in Acts 4:13, "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus."  The Holy Spirit conferred upon Peter and John a supernatural boldness and authority to stand up and present the truth of Christ to the educated elite in spite of any fear or sense of inferiority.
  • Jul 17, 2018The Holy Spirit: His Everyday Influence
    Jul 17, 2018
    The Holy Spirit: His Everyday Influence
    In Acts 3:1-10, we learn of the Holy Spirit's influence in the lives of believers as they go about their daily routines. He desires to use us right where we are: home, office, school, park, even at the store.  People all around us are in need of Jesus and opportunities are available everyday to be His hands, feet, voice if we will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading and direction. 
  • May 27, 2018The Holy Spirit: His Visible Fingerprints
    May 27, 2018
    The Holy Spirit: His Visible Fingerprints
    Every church saturated and led by the Spirit will have the Holy Spirit’s fingerprints clearly visible upon it. The love of God’s word, love of each other, and a desire to pray with and for one another.


Win Them Now Sermon Series

 

 


Nov 23, 2014
Jesus Leads the Way
Series: Win Them Now
Win Them NowChristians have no greater model for evangelism than that of Jesus Christ.  We can look at His life and ministry and clearly see His approach to reaching the lost.  In this message we look at three principles we can learn from Him; 1) Jesus’ life was not separate from His ministry, 2) Jesus looked for lost souls, not sinners, and 3) Jesus broke down societal barriers
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  • Nov 23, 2014Jesus Leads the Way
    Nov 23, 2014
    Jesus Leads the Way
    Series: Win Them Now
    Win Them NowChristians have no greater model for evangelism than that of Jesus Christ.  We can look at His life and ministry and clearly see His approach to reaching the lost.  In this message we look at three principles we can learn from Him; 1) Jesus’ life was not separate from His ministry, 2) Jesus looked for lost souls, not sinners, and 3) Jesus broke down societal barriers
  • Nov 16, 2014No Greater Love
    Nov 16, 2014
    No Greater Love
    Series: Win Them Now
    Win Them NowIn this latest message in our series “Win Them Now” we look at the nature of God’s love and what that means to mankind.  God’s love can reach anyone regardless of their past and it can hold onto those who have put their faith in Him.
  • Nov 2, 2014Redemption Foretold
    Nov 2, 2014
    Redemption Foretold
    Series: Win Them Now
    Win Them NowThe promise of a Messiah was the direct result of a loving God who is intricately involved in the lives of His creation.  God meticulously orchestrated events through the entirety of the Old Testament to foreshadow the need for a Savior and His substitutionary atonement for mankind.
  • Oct 26, 2014Hell: It’s Real!
    Oct 26, 2014
    Hell: It’s Real!
    Series: Win Them Now
    Win Them NowSatan has worked tirelessly since Eden to convince mankind there are no consequences for the rejection of God.  He has managed to convince generations hell is a place made up to scare children into behaving and to control the weak minded.  The Bible clearly teaches a place exists right now, where those who reject God will be sent until the final judgment; a place of physical and mental torments.  Once judged, they will be sentenced to the lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels to spend eternity dying, but unable to find relief.  The good news is, God prepared a way so no one has to spend eternity tormented, but it requires belief in Jesus Christ and submission to Him as Lord of your life.
  • Oct 5, 2014Enter The Serpent
    Oct 5, 2014
    Enter The Serpent
    Series: Win Them Now

    Win Them NowAs a society we have convinced ourselves the great advances in science and technology are somehow a barometer of the morality of man.  The hard truth is as we progress scientifically and technologically we are actually regressing morally.  Our world is but a shadow of the intended purpose of God’s creation.  The good news is that this world is not all there is! We have a Redeemer Who offers real peace, real joy, and real hope in spite of crime, sickness, and natural disasters.



Unified Vision

Any team with members who do not understand or support the vision regarding the purpose of the team is going to fail. If you are a soccer player, who is a forward, showing up in goalie gear, something is terribly wrong. Or, even worse, showing up in football pads and determined to score a touchdown!

It sounds crazy, but it happens all the time in churches and even their leadership teams. The pastor has a vision, the administrative pastor has his vision, and that doesn’t even include the music minister, Christian education pastor, or even the head usher.  Each with their own ideas of the direction for the church. It is the adage, “Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth” come to life.

Below are three simple guidelines to remember regarding a church’s vision:

  1. Pastors should communicate the vision God has burdened upon their heart clearly and work with leadership to set goals and map out the approach to accomplishing the vision.
  2. Church leadership should support the pastor’s vision and any disagreements handled privately. A church can be destroyed due to leadership inappropriately discussing their concerns with church laity.
  3. Church laity should labor with the pastor and leadership team to accomplish the vision. Questions, concerns, or disagreements with approach should be brought to leadership immediately. As with leaders, disgruntled laity discussing their concerns with one another and not the leadership will hinder the church’s vision.


Equipped for Victory Part 2

Previously, we looked at the necessity of prayer for the equipping of believers in the body of Christ. Today we are going to look at the actual equipment the believer has available to them. In Ephesians 6:14-17, the Apostle Paul details the spiritual equipment issued to every person who accepts Christ as Lord and Savior. This equipment is not optional. Its proper and consistent use is required for the believer and the church to walk in victory.

As believers, to have access to resources which can help us walk in spiritual victory and to not use them is foolishness.  Unfortunately, many of us hang our spiritual armor in the closet and leave it there to collect dust. We then struggle daily in our spiritual lives and wonder what has gone wrong. Calling upon God for assistance, when what we need has been in front of us all along.                                                                                                                                                                 

In this chapter, Paul lists six pieces of armor vital to the believer. Each of them is below and linked to a message specifically for it. I encourage you to take the time to listen and learn the importance they play in our spiritual lives.

  1. Belt of Truth (v.14)
  2. Breastplate of Righteousness (v.14)
  3. Feet Shod in Peace (v.15)
  4. Shield of Faith (v.16)
  5. Helmet of Salvation (v.17)
  6. Sword of the Spirit (v.17)


Equipped For Victory Part 1

Any athlete will tell you preparation is the key to success. Practice and hard work, along with properly maintained equipment, are the foundation for victory. Within the body of Christ, we each have a responsibility to prepare ourselves through earnest prayer (Ephesians 6:18) and to maintain and use our equipment, the armor of God (Ephesians 6:11).

Preparation: Earnest and Unceasing Prayer

Ephesians 6:18 – “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints”

First, the Apostle Paul tells us to pray “always.” When I read this verse, I find myself asking, “How can anyone pray always?” I have a busy life. I have kids, a wife, full time job, and my pastoral responsibilities. Where does prayer fit in beyond a few minutes each morning and evening? As if knowing my doubts, Paul reiterates his exhortation in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 when he says, “Pray without ceasing.” To me, praying without ceasing means we are not to allow disobedience or rebelliousness to separate us from Him. This allows us the opportunity to call upon Him anywhere at any time. If we have sinned, we immediately ask for forgiveness. If we see someone hurting, we intercede on their behalf without hesitation. We are ready “always” to reach out to Him.


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