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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.

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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