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Sun, Feb 17, 2019
Passage: Acts 2:37-42
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
In closing out this Acts2Basics sermon series, taken from the second chapter of Acts, the pastor focused on prayer, an essential component of the early church and therefore today’s church. A church devoted to prayer is necessary and non-negotiable. Prayer affirms our need and dependence on God. Thankfully for us, the first church established the specifics of prayer.

In all relationships, the experience of being with someone face-to-face takes the connection to a deeper level. One-on-one time allows for greater intimacy and understanding. Private prayer, prayer in our quiet place in our home, accomplishes the same. In seclusion, without life’s noise and constant diversions, we can deepen our bond with the Lord. Just as a newborn baby bonds with his parents in the tranquil, wee hours of the night, creating a foundation of trust and love, private prayer helps set the foundation for an everlasting, faithful relationship with God.

It is also crucial to pray collectively in the house of worship. When we gather around the altar, participate in prayer meetings or intercessory prayer, we are sending up powerful prayers. These prayers have holy ghost power capable of healing and transformation. He is touched in a special way. Praying to God with other believers assures us that he will be in our midst. And finally, praying publicly outside of church is responding to our immediate needs, whenever and wherever the spirit moves us. Sweet, idyllic chapels or magnificent church edifices, filled with stained glass windows and cushioned pews, are not a requirement for prayer. Any place we pray becomes consecrated space. The enduring spiritual reminds us, “Every time I feel the spirit moving in my heart, I will pray”.

Whether you pray privately in your home, petition him in collective worship, or pray in public places, pray without ceasing. Prayer is always pertinent, and a robust, constant prayer life sustains and acknowledges that you need him every minute, every hour, and every day.
Sun, Feb 03, 2019
Passage: Acts 2:37-42
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
The second chapter of Acts focuses on four tenets of the early church. In today’s sermon we take a closer look at one of the basics, fellowship. When you think of fellowship, you may first think of joining your best friends for dinner at a trendy restaurant or gathering for a special event. Well, think again because the apostles’ fellowship was not simply related to dining out or attending social events. The apostles’ fellowship took on a whole new style. They embraced community with fellow Christians.

In the new style of fellowship, inclusion was the foundation. This fellowship was not about the mingling and networking of homogenous people. No, their fellowship was not cliquish. Individuals’ differences and distinctions were honored and given respect within this community of believers. The new style of fellowship typified inclusion. Inclusion means conformity is not a requirement and unique qualities are desirable and accepted. Inclusion is good for the soul.

It may seem counter intuitive, but this style of fellowship is also exclusive. This does not mean it was exclusive to the point of ostracism, as no one was ostracized. However, it does set apart those who receive God’s message and repent. Not everyone is privy to this exclusive group. Only people devoted to a lifestyle inspired by the spirit of God gain access.

Sharing also is a characteristic of the apostles’ fellowship. Collective sharing seeks to meet the needs of the entire community. One of the greatest joys in life is to give to others. Giving from the heart our resources, expecting nothing in return. That is what God wants of us.

Inclusive, exclusive and a heart to share God’s gifts. What a blessing to fellowship with those who love the Lord and live to please him. Oh, what a fellowship. Let us continue to fellowship in the new style of the apostles!
Sun, Jan 27, 2019
Passage: Acts 2:37-42
Duration: 25 mins 3 secs
In the second chapter of Acts, the early church’s devotion to the word reminds us of the wisdom and benefits of looking to God’s word as our moral compass. In the word there is not only power, but the source of vitality to see us through. His word is what we need to stay steady in this tumultuous world. God’s word has the power to counter injustice, loss, pain and strife.

To grow in our knowledge of the word we need to assume the posture of an eager pupil, acknowledging that we are lacking and have much to learn. The best students enthusiastically soak up the Master’s teachings. Just as the early church studied the word, we should show up with joyful eagerness to absorb and learn more.

Students of the word have no fear of following a pathway that is counter to the culture in which we live. The word is the student’s guide and not those who surround them. They have willingness to walk in an alternative direction than the mainstream. Seek not earthly affirmation but live for heaven’s rewards. When we walk down his path, others will recognize that we belong to him.

Those devoted to studying the word assume a perspective of victory. They keep the faith amid hopelessness, sickness, financial crisis, insanity and chaos. No matter the current circumstance or situation, victory awaits. The word tells us through the risen Christ, and it is so.

Devote yourselves to the word. Let it dwell in your head and your heart. Keep on studying and learn all you can, and surely the word will lead you down the path of victory.
Sun, Jan 20, 2019
Passage: Acts 2:37-42
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Today’s text, taken from the 2nd chapter of Acts, verses 37 through 42, states the early church was truly devoted. The church was attentive to the Word of God, enjoyed a hearty fellowship, prayed and communed together. The early church established breaking bread as a symbol of Christianity, and to this very day bread symbolizes our remembrance of Him. This sermon brings to us a greater comprehension of the truths symbolized by the bread.

Firstly, the bread reminds us to look to the past and remember that God has always seen us through. No matter the height of the challenge or how dire the straits, God has taken care of us. He has seen us through illness, loss, disappointment and life’s chaos. The Lord will not forsake us.

As we partake of the bread, we are reminded that he is not only the God of our past; in the present day he is with us still. The bread we hold in our hands is the proof. We consume foods we did not prepare and acquire material things we had no hand in making. We are constantly blessed with the work of others. We are recipients of God’s grace each and every day. As we receive undeserved mercy and unearned grace, be mindful that we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to others.

Another truth symbolized by the bread is the presence of God. Bread represents abundant life. Jesus is the bread of life and he dwells in each one of us. For that reason, we can conquer any forces external to us. Job losses, shutdowns, illness, and loneliness are no match for the fire of God that resides deep inside. As we commune remember He is ever present.

The fourth truth to remember when we break bread is that we have a future. He will always make provision. He provided for generations past and will continue to provide for generations to come. Circumstances of the past and the present do not diminish our prospects. There are brighter days ahead because he watches over us. The bread of life is everlasting, and it is for everyone.
Sun, Jan 13, 2019
Passage: Joshua 1:1-18
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Authors of today’s best-selling self-help books fail to acknowledge that the true path to success lies in obedience to God. The authors’ formula for success is setting a vision, identifying goals, persevering and overcoming failure. They fail to mention the wisdom God shares with Joshua as he takes on the mantle of Israelite leader upon Moses’ death. Instead of filling up the libraries with volumes of advice from numerous know-it-all authors, the road to success that never fails is obeying God’s word. God guarantees Joshua that he need not fear failure as long as he adheres to His word.

Adherence to the word gives us power even when the world seeks to marginalize and persecute us. The power of the word will bring us through the loneliest nights, the darkest days and conquer all of our weaknesses. The word will give us the courage we need to be successful.

Secondly, when we mediate on His word with constancy, the word will become part of our essence. We will no longer be swayed by the distractions and antics going on in the world that surrounds us. We will grow in our relationship with God. When you hold the word into your heart it will see you through.

Lastly, success is not attained, and failure overcome if we simply obey and meditate on the word. We must take the next step and activate the word. Words without action are meaningless, they are empty. Holding the word in your heart and reflecting on His word is not enough. Our behavior must also reflect the power of the word. Achieving success requires His word being reflected in our behavior. We are to love the unlovable, embrace our enemies and live so that God can use us. Our formula for success is to obey His word, meditate on His word and activate His word. Therefore, your life will be filled with peace, abundance and a clear path to success.
Sun, Jan 06, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 3 secs
Following the hustle and bustle of Christmas cheer and giving, even the most devout Christian may find themselves deflated and deenergized. Although the birth of Christ brings beauty, warmth, hope and love, it is also a season of mixed emotions, feeling overwhelmed and one may be left with an aura of sadness and emptiness. However, this sermon, taking its text from the 3rd chapter of Matthew’s 11th and 12th verses, is right on time. It is salve for the weary soul. The sermon reminds us that as Christians we are baptized by water for repentance and forgiveness of our sins. Baptism by water and old-time religion’s traditions and rituals are good and necessary. However, the coming of Christ refines the old and provides for us baptism by fire and the holy spirit. The fire gives us the energy we need for our Christian walk, and when our light and energy grow dim, we can connect to holy spirit for rejuvenation, as holy ghost power is inexhaustible.

The newborn King signals a new era and makes all things brand new. Jesus redefines and transforms all that we do into something greater. Our prayers are more earnest, our work and service become ministry, our love is transcendent. The baby in the manger strengthens our relationship with God and the practice of our faith. Jesus is our all-access pass to God’s unlimited power.

Don’t you want to use your energy for him? Do you want to live a life that is useful in his kingdom? Of course you do. To live a life of purpose and usefulness turn away from all that robs you of positive energy and corrodes your relationship with him. Stay connected through his Son. That is the reason he gave us his only begotten Son. That is why we celebrate the baby in the manger. Christ saves our very souls and allows for a relationship of greater depth with God. Praise the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost!

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