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Acts

The Book of Acts stands unique in the New Testament. While other books mention Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection, Acts carries the story into the lives of Jesus’ earliest followers. Citylight will journey through this book as we desire to become a family who prioritizes evangelism and mission. It is our hope and prayer that this book will empower and inspire us through the Holy Spirit to take the message of Jesus and the Kingdom forward into our world for God’s glory.

When you know something is true, how do you respond to accusations against it, and you? You can get mad or get fearful, but Paul shows us in this passage how to defend the gospel by removing other offenses to it, sharing your experience, and using the law.

Citylight | Center City – August 2, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 21:18-22:29

Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts: The NIV Application Commentary, Ajith Fernando

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Recently deceased U.S. Congressman John Lewis often talked about getting into “good trouble”, doing things you actually should do, but that bring you into dangerous situations. How can we follow Jesus into such good trouble? We have to do it with other Christians, and we have to be controlled by the will of the Lord.

Citylight Center City | Online – July 26, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 21:1-17

Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will, Kevin DeYoung

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If you’re anything like me, then you’re not really sure what to do with a big idea like that. “How can I be ready to suffer for Christ?” Luke will provide us with three answers: 1. Prioritize Jerusalem. 2. Pursue Fellowship. 3. Practice Prophecy.

Citylight Manayunk | Online – July 26, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 21: 1-17

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As Paul continues his mission, we see once again that his plan for the ongoing care of churches he’s started is a council of elders in those churches who care for the church. Through his address to the elders at Ephesus, we can all learn how to care for the church of God.

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Acts 20:17-38

Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Church Elders: How to Shepherd God’s People like Jesus, Jeramie Rinne

 

Citylight Center City | Online – July 19, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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BIG IDEA: Pay attention to yourselves and the church. How?
1. Imitate godly leaders
2. Be alert

Citylight Manayunk | Online – July 19, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 20:17-38
Pillar New Testament Commentary, The Acts of the Apostles, by David Peterson
Exalting Jesus in Acts, Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary, by Tony Merida

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Luke, what are you doing? Why are you spending so much time writing to a mostly Christian audience about the way the gospel disrupted life in Ephesus? The likely answer is the big idea of Acts 19:21-40: The gospel powerfully disrupts the city. Luke recounts Paul’s final moments in Ephesus with great detail, I believe, because he wants to motivate and prepare all Christians, including us, to take the gospel into our world. Be motivated and prepared to take the gospel into the world that the Lord has called you to and placed you in; your family, your neighborhood, your school, your work place. As we press into the details of Acts 19:21-41, we’ll learn two concrete implications for our lives that flow from the reality that the gospel powerfully disrupts the city: 1. Be motivated to share it. 2. Be prepared for opposition.

Citylight Manayunk | Online – July 12, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 19:21-40

Pillar New Testament Commentary, The Acts of the Apostles, by David Peterson
Exalting Jesus in Acts, Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary, by Tony Merida
ESV Study Bible

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When we see the work of Jesus ruling over and exposing the idols of the world around us and people are confronted, you can expect certain things to happen.

Expect that people will be angry and that there will be changes in social norms.

 

Citylight Delco | Online – July 12, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 19:21-41

The Gospel threatens idols by transferring their power and glory to Jesus.  In Acts 19:21-41 we learn that the gospel causes an uproar by taking the power of idols, by taking the glory of idols, and by giving them to Jesus.

 

Citylight Center City | Online – July 12, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 19:21-41

Exalting Jesus in Acts by Tony Merida

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary) by Ajith Fernando

In order to persevere in anything, we have to have hope of possible success. Jesus’ mission is even better: There is a guarantee of success, because the gospel will prevail through our strengths and weaknesses, by the Holy Spirit, and over who we once were.

Citylight Center City | Online – July 5, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 18:24-19:20

Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

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Acts 19:20: So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily. In other words, what got them out of bed in the morning was not an alarm clock, but a calling. The calling to live so that the gospel would prevail. That brings us to the big idea of our passage: Live so the gospel prevails. Live so the gospel prevails. Feel free to wake up to an alarm clock but get out of bed for the greatest calling imaginable. Get out of bed so that you can take your dignified place in the advance of God’s Kingdom and live so the gospel prevails in our generation. How do we live so the gospel prevails? Luke shows us two ways: play your God-given part and let the gospel prevail over you.

Citylight Manayunk | Online – July 5, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 18:24-19:20
ESV Study Bible
Pillar New Testament Commentary, The Acts of the Apostles, by David Peterson
Exalting Jesus in Acts, Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary, by Tony Merida
NIV Application Commentary, by Ajith Fernando

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Luke provides us with three key ingredients for taking the gospel to intellectuals: 1. Get provoked for God’s glory and the good of others. 2. Expose idols gently. 3. Invite repentance clearly.

Citylight Manayunk | Online – June 28, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 17:16-34

Pillar New Testament Commentary, The Acts of the Apostles, by David Peterson

Exalting Jesus in Acts, Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary, by Tony Merida

NIV Application Commentary by Ajith Fernando

ESV Study Bible

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What do you see when you look out at the city? When Paul looked out at the city of Athens, he saw a city full of idols, and it compelled him to take the gospel to that city. From him we learn in this passage how to take the gospel to the city full of idols.

Citylight Center City | Online – June 28, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 17:16-34

Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

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What types of people is Christianity really for? In this passage we see there really is no “Christian type”. The gospel is good news for 3 people in particular in this passage who could hardly be more different from one another.

Citylight Center City | Online – June 21, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 16:11-40 Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

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Acts 16 is a motivating reminder that there is no Christian type and that the gospel is good news for diverse people. That brings us to the big idea of our passage: Take the gospel to diverse people. Take the gospel to diverse people. Who are these diverse people that Acts 16 motivates us to take the gospel to?

Citylight Manayunk | Online – June 21, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 16:11-34
Pillar New Testament Commentary, The Acts of the Apostles, by David Peterson

Exalting Jesus in Acts, Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary, by Tony Merida

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God opens the hearts of diverse people.  Lydia, slaves, and jailors all share a common thing; they are saved in Christ Jesus.

Citylight Delco | Online – June 14, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 16

Keep Jesus’ mission the main thing. Today we are going to learn three ways to keep Jesus mission the main thing: 1. Separate well. 2. Remove unnecessary offenses 3. Follow the Lord’s leading.

Citylight Manayunk | Online – June 14, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 15:36-41:36

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We come today to a few situations that threaten the main mission Jesus has given us as Christians: To take the good news of His life, death, and resurrection to the end of the earth, so that a people for His name would be formed from all the peoples of the earth. There is a sharp disagreement, a question of cultural norms, and directions given from God that were contrary to what the people involved were trying to do. In all these things, the example of the early Christians teaches us to Keep Jesus’ mission the main thing. Here’s how it shows us to do so: Don’t get bogged down in disagreements, consider your context, and follow God’s leading.

 

Citylight Center City | Online – June 14, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 15:36-16:10

 

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Believe that you are saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus. This big idea raises a big question: how should those who believe that they are saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus live? We are going to explore two answers today: (1) Contend for grace and (2) concede your freedoms for the sake of the mission.

Citylight Manayunk | Online – May 31, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 15:1-35

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We are saved by faith through the grace of the Lord Jesus.  How now should we live?

  1. Fight for the Gospel
  2. Fight for Unity

Citylight Delco | Online – May 31, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 15:1-35

We often start new habits with the best of intentions only to hit a day when we no longer want to do them. For some things that’s no big deal, but what about the mission Jesus has given us His Church? God empowers us to fulfill that mission through continued speaking, strengthening, and celebrating.

Citylight Center City | Online – May 24, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 14 Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

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God empowers the church to fulfill her mission. How does he do it? According to Acts 14, God empowers the church to fulfill her gospel ministry through… 1. Gospel speaking. 2. Pastoral care.

Citylight Manayunk | Online – May 24, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 14

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 Three ways that God helps us persevere in the cause of Christ:

  • Preaching
  • Care
  • Celebration

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Acts 14

As we jump back into the story of what Jesus is doing in our time by looking at the books of Acts, we see that His salvation goes forward from the religious to the irreligious because He is the Savior of both.

Citylight Center City | Online – May 17, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 13:13-52 Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

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The big idea of Paul’s sermon and our passage comes in Acts 13:23, where Paul says, “Of this man’s offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised.” The big idea of the passage is Trust Jesus the promised Savior. But this big idea raises a big question: Who should trust Jesus the promised Savior? The two answers to the question from our passage are: 1. Older brothers under the law. 2. Younger brothers outside the law.

Citylight Manayunk | Online – May 17, 2020 from Citylight Church on Vimeo.

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Acts 13:13-52

The Acts of the Apostles by David G. Peterson

 

 

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Jesus is the Savior of all Peoples

1. Of the rule follower
2. Of the rebel

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Acts 13:13-52

The Spirit sends the church by calling, empowering and dispersing it.

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Acts 13:1-12

NIV Application Commentary by Ajith Fernando

Exalting Jesus in Acts (Christ Centered Exposition Series) by Tony Merida

While Jesus sends the entire church on mission, it doesn’t take long to realize that not everyone has the exact same role. Here we’ll see the Spirit of Jesus specifically sends some to devote themselves to the work of gospel proclamation.

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Acts 13:1-12 Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

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The Spirit Sends Gospel Workers

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The Spirit Sends Gospel Workers

 

Acts 13: 1-3

Mark G.

The world is constantly changing; sometimes a certain fashion is in, then it’s out. So also there are certain ways of looking at the world, certain objections to the gospel, that likewise come and go. The gospel itself, however, prevails over any opposition.

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Acts 12 Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

Acts 1-12 For You: Charting the Birth of the Church, Al Mohler

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In the face of opposition the gospel prevails through prayer, through power, and through growth.

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Acts 1-12 For You: Charting the Birth of the Church, Al Mohler

Exalting Jesus in Acts, Tony Merida

When does the gospel prevail over opposition? Our passage provides three answers to that question: 1. Sometimes it doesn’t look like it. 2. Sometimes it does. 3. Ultimately it will.

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Acts 12:1-25

Pillar New Testament Commentary, The Acts of the Apostles, by David Peterson

Exalting Jesus in Acts, Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary, by Tony Merida

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Be a world-changing church. Now, we have to be clear from the outset that the gospel is what builds the church. The gospel is the unstoppable power that can conquer the world and when the gospel was planted in Antioch, a church sprouted to life. Jesus, through the gospel, builds the church. And in the church at Antioch, we see three gospel-ingredients that made them a world-changing church that I long for us to emulate more and more so that we too can be a church that impacts our city to the tenth generation. Those three ingredients are: 1. Gospel evangelism. 2. Gospel discipleship. 3. Gospel love.

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Acts 11:19-30

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As we continue looking at how God brings different people groups together, we’ll see He gathers them into a community called the church, created by the gospel, matured by the gospel, and marked by love.

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Acts 11:19-30 Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

Acts 1-12 For You: Charting the Birth of the Church, Al Mohler

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As we continue looking at how God brings together people groups, we see that His gospel is good news not just for Israel, but for all the peoples of the earth. It is an inclusive truth claim.

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Acts 10:34-11:18 Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

Acts 1-12 For You: Charting the Birth of the Church, Al Mohler

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Jesus is the Good News because:

  1. He’s the Curse Bearer
  2. He’s the Judgement Bringer
  3. He’s the Family Builder

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Acts 10:34-11:18

ESV Study Bible

NIV Application Commentary by Ajith Fernando

Exalting Jesus in Acts (Christ Centered Exposition Series) by Tony Merida

Many of us see the need for a truly inclusive community, but we’re so prone to divide ourselves into the “clean” and “unclean” peoples. Here we see that God sends us to all peoples, providing a new way to be clean that includes all the peoples of the earth.

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Acts 9:32-10:33 Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

Acts 1-12 For You: Charting the Birth of the Church, Al Mohler

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Jesus sends us to all peoples. The question that our passage helps us answer is “why?” Why does Jesus send you and me to all peoples? Our passage provides three answers to that question: 1. That they will turn and believe. 2. Because some are seeking 3. He makes clean.

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Acts 9:32-10:33
Commentaries in the Baker series and Tony Merida
Ajay Thomas’ sermon Seven Mile Road

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God’s purpose from the beginning of the Bible has been to multiply His image until it fills the earth for His glory. In this passage, we’ll see the way He does that is by multiplying His church.

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Acts 9:19b-31 Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando Acts 1-12 For You: Charting the Birth of the Church, Al Mohler

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How do we walk in the fear of the Lord?

  1. At all costs by expecting opposition and being ready and with the comfort the Holy Spirit gives.
  2. With one another

 

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Acts 9

How can we eagerly partner with the Lord as he multiplies his church? Our passage provides us with three ways: (1) Be bold, (2) Be joined, and (3) Be fearful and comforted

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Acts 9:19-31
Commentaries by Merida, Fernando, and Peterson
Ajay Thomas’ sermon (Seven Mile Road) from Acts 8

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When you lived amazed that Jesus saves, and not just in general, but saves you, then God gets the glory and you get the joy. The question our passage helps us consider is “how?” How does Jesus save such that we should live amazed? Three answers in our passage this morning:

  1. He confronts us with grace
  2. He brings us into his family
  3. He sends us for his glory.

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Acts 9:1-20
Commentaries by Al Mohler, Ajith Fernando, and Tony Merida.
Ajay Thomas’ sermon (Seven Mile Road) from Acts 8

The unexpected conversion of Saul reveals the awe-inspiring power of God in conversion. The passage illustrates this by revealing that God saves, God uses people, and God adopts.

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Acts 9:1-20

Acts 1-12 For You

Exalting Jesus in Acts

Acts (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)

Opposition has been mounting against Jesus’ people, but how does Jesus respond? He conquers His enemies through conversion.

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Acts 9:1-20

Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

Acts 1-12 For You: Charting the Birth of the Church, Al Mohler

The mission Jesus has given His church is daunting, but He’s not left us alone to figure it out. His Holy Spirit guides the mission through individuals, conversations, Scripture, and baptism.

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Acts 8:26-40

Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

Acts 1-12 For You: Charting the Birth of the Church, Al Mohler

From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race, J. Daniel Hays

Picking back up in Acts, opposition has reached a climax with the stoning of Stephen, and a persecution breaking out in Jerusalem. But where opposition increases, so does the advance of the gospel.

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Acts 8:1b-25

Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

Acts 1-12 For You: Charting the Birth of the Church, Al Mohler

Under the extreme heat of persecution and opposition, the word of God advanced. That brings us to the big idea of our passage this morning: When opposition increases, so does the advance of the gospel. For many of you, following Jesus openly and publicly at home, at work, at school, or in your neighborhood is becoming increasingly risky. Don’t be afraid or discouraged. Almighty God loves to spread the glorious gospel Jesus Christ under the most scorching of circumstances. Jesus is the light that shines in the darkness. The question that our passage helps us consider is “how?” How does the gospel advance when opposition increases? We’re going to explore three ways today: (1) Through “ordinary” people, (2) to “those” people, and (3) over “great” people.

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Acts 8:1-25
Pillar New Testament Commentary, The Acts of the Apostles, by David Peterson
Exalting Jesus in Acts, Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary, by Tony Merida
New Age Beliefs Are Common in America – And In Our Churches (article by Joe Carter)

The gospel spreads in the face of persecution through ordinary Christians, to “those people”, and against all powers.

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Acts 8

Every Christian experiences opposition. Why can we take heart in the face of opposition? Because God’s purposes can’t be thwarted, others have gone before us, and we’ve been brought in to Jesus.

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Acts 7:1-8:1

 

God is expanding his kingdom globally by revealing his plan, by sending the Righteous One, by using opposition.

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Act 7-8:1
Tony Merida’s Christ-centered exposition
Acts, John Polhill NAC
Acts, F.F. Bruce NICNT

How do we all work together for the multiplication of disciples? Three answers from our passage this morning: 1. Acknowledge our problems. 2. Solve with service. 3. Keep our main thing the main thing.

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acts 6: 1-15
Tony Merida, Exalting Jesus in Acts
Binu Abraham’s sermon on Acts 6:1-7 – Seven Mile Road Philly
Pillar NT Commentary, Acts, David Peterson

As the church continues to grow, there are growing pains. When we face such problems, we’re prone to leave, ignore them, or wait for someone else to fix them. Jesus empowers a better way: Working together so disciples continue to multiply.

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Acts 6

Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

Acts 1-12 For You: Charting the Birth of the Church, Al Mohler

Exalting Jesus in Acts, Tony Merida

How do we all work together for the multiplication of disciples? Two answers from our passage this morning: 1. Expect challenges 2. Embrace service

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Acts 6:1-15

Joyously endure opposition to your gospel-witness by: 1. obeying God rather than people; 2. knowing setbacks can’t stop the gospel; 3. and because The Holy Spirit is witnessing too.

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Acts 5:17-42
Ajay Thomas, sermon at Seven Mile Road, Prison & Preaching.
Darrel Bock, Acts, Baker Exegetical series
Tony Merida, Exalting Jesus in Acts

People can hurt us, and when they oppose the preaching of the gospel, fear of the pain they can cause tempts us to “obey” them rather than preach the gospel. But we must obey God rather than men.

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Acts 5:17-42

Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

Acts 1-12 For You: Charting the Birth of the Church, Al Mohler

Exalting Jesus in Acts, Tony Merida

Obey God rather than men because God is more powerful, God is for you, and God gives joy. As Christians we must obey God’s command to be bold with our gospel proclamation.

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Acts 5:17-42

Exalting Jesus in Acts by Tony Merida

Acts (Baker Exegetical Commentary) by Darrell Bock

Ajay Thomas, sermon at Seven Mile Road, Prison & Preaching.

How do we eagerly maintain Citylight Church’s unity? Our passage will provide us with two answers to that question: (1) Be generous toward it. (2) Remove hypocrisy from it.

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Acts 4:32-5:16
https://www.9marks.org/answer/what-church-discipline/

Fear is an uncomfortable emotion, but it can be used to alert us to forces more powerful than we, that we might respond appropriately. One of the helpful sorts of fear is the fear of God…and His church.

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Acts 4:36-5:16

Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

Acts 1-12 For You: Charting the Birth of the Church, Al Mohler

Exalting Jesus in Acts, Tony Merida

Speak the gospel boldly because the Holy Spirit is in you; because only Jesus can save; because you’ve experienced Jesus; because God is sovereign; and because family will support you.

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Acts 4:1-35
Tony Merida, Exalting Jesus in Acts

When the gospel is preached, both conversion and opposition come. How can we face opposition with boldness? By continuing to speak, frontline prayer, and a unified church.

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Acts 4:1-35

Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

Acts 1-12 For You: Charting the Birth of the Church, Al Mohler

Exalting Jesus in Acts, Tony Merida

The gospel spread at the beginning in part because of miracles. But these miracles were signs, pointing to something else: The identity of Jesus, and what He will do for those who repent.

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Acts 3

Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

Acts 1-12 For You: Charting the Birth of the Church, Al Mohler

Exalting Jesus in Acts, Tony Merida

Jesus is the one you need because Jesus heals and Jesus blesses.

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Acts 3

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  • Tony Merida, Exalting Jesus in Acts, Loc 1329
  • Illustration from Ajay Thomas’ sermon on Acts 3. Seven Mile Road, Philadelphia

Jesus is the one you need because Jesus heals and Jesus blesses.

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Acts 3

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  • ESV Study Bible
  • Bruce, The Book of Acts
  • Merida, Exalting Jesus in Acts
  • Fernando, Acts
  • Mohler, Acts 1-12 For You
  • Keener, Acts

By reflecting on this summary of church life from the very beginning of the Christian movement, we learn to live as Christ’s Kingdom Community (the Church). This kingdom community is a Word-centered, generous, relational, worshiping, and expanding community of people devoted to Christ and His work in the world

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Acts 2:42-47

Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

Acts 1-12 For You: Charting the Birth of the Church, Al Mohler

Exalting Jesus in Acts, Tony Merida

Live As The Church. How do we live as a healthy church? Luke provides us with five ways: 1. Be a WORD community. 2. Be a SHARING community, 3. Be a RELATIONAL community, 4. Be a WORSHIPPING community, and 5. Be an EXPANDING community.

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Acts 2:42-47

NIV Application Commentary, Acts

After promising the Holy Spirit, Jesus now sends Him to fill His church, enabling them to tell of his mighty works, calling all to repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

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Acts 2:1-41

Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts (The NIV Application Commentary)Ajith Fernando

Acts 1-12 For You: Charting the Birth of the Church, Al Mohler

Exalting Jesus in Acts, Tony Merida

The Holy Spirit has come (1) to fill the church (2) because Jesus is exalted (3) therefore repent.

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Acts 2:1-41
A Passion for Christ-Exalting Power
Pillar NT Commentary, Acts, David Peterson, 134, 154
ESV Study Bible

The book of Acts is not only the story of the early church; it’s the story of all the risen Lord Jesus continued to do. And today, He’s still working.

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Acts 1

Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Darrel Bock

Acts 1-12 For You: Charting the Birth of the Church, Al Mohler

Exalting Jesus in Acts, Tony Merida

Jesus is still working through his people by the power of his spirit

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ESV Bible Acts 1:1-26

Exalting Jesus in Acts by Tony Merida

Jesus is still working. How is Jesus still working? We’ll see three answer in our passage: (1) From heaven (2) to expand God’s kingdom through God’s people, and (3) by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Acts 1

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