"The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began to do and to teach"
The 'former account' is volume 1 of Luke's work and Acts is a continuation of that which is described in Luke's Gospel. Luke's Gospel is an account of Jesus' ministry in the flesh beginning with the Incarnation - the one promised of old - through to the Ascension.
Acts of the Apostles is a record of how Christ applies His redemptive work to believers and fuses them together to become one church - one body.
"He presented Himself alive after his sufferings by many infallible truths." If all the Bible said "He appeared" then that could be open to interpretation but the Bible gives us various details regarding these appearances. We serve a risen Lord and it is His will that we be empowered to live our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. Christ continues to work through His church - His people - to this present day.
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(1) The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
(2) until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,
(3) to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
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Ian covers some of the misunderstandings regarding the baptism of the Holy Spirit and stresses that as believers we should look carefully
to the Bible to see what was recorded in scripture.
We can do nothing in our natural ability but the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a sovereign work of God and we need to be the sort of people who hunger and thirst and desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
The purpose of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is that as believers we might be empowered to live victorious lives and reach the world for Christ.
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(7) And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.
(8) But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Following the command of the Lord Jesus Christ for the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promised Holy Spirit, we now turn our attention to the fact that Jesus is taken up into heaven and then sat down at the right hand of God.
Ian points out that the word 'heaven' is used to describe three different realms in scripture - the sky, outer space and the Paradise of God where God dwells, and because of our union with Christ, our citizenship is in heaven too.
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(9) Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
(10) And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,
(11) who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."
An overview of the Day of Pentecost.
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Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
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The Gospel illustration - Chilean Miners.
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We apologise that this sermon is cut short at 25 minutes due to the failure of our recording.
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Teaching of Resurrection in the Old Testament.
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Resurrection - continued.
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Restoration of the Church.
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We apologise for the loss of the reading of verses 1 - 3. This does not detract from the sermon.
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The early church beliefs. (1)
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The early church beliefs. (2)
Complete sermon but the initial readings are missing - Sorry.
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Church ministry to the needy.
We apologise for the absence of the initial reading.
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Abraham's faith in yet unfulfilled promises.
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Joseph - A 'Type' of Jesus.
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The poor and contrite heart.
We apologise that due to the failure of our recording only the first 15 minutes of this sermon is available.
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Ian takes examples from Barnabas' life to show how a true Christian should encourage, inspire, support and comfort those who are going through difficulties in their Christian life.
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(26) And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple.
(27) But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
Answer to weak chruches
Ian explores the growth of the church in times of persecution and its growth (or lack of it) in times of rest and peace.
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(42) And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.
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Was Cornelius saved?
No matter how long we have been Christians, God will always have something to say to us and we need to live a life that God commends.
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(1) There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment,
(2) a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.
Vision of Peter.
In the eternal scheme of things God's 'Great Commission' matters and it is required of disciples to obey and stewards to be faithful.
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(10) Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance
(11) and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth.
Peter's message to Cornelius - Part 1.
Who is it that God really accepts and on what basis does He accept them?
Peter begins to explain the message of peace from God while at the house of Cornelius.
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(34) Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.
(35) But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.
Peter's message to Cornelius - Part 2.
How do you know the Bible is true? The scriptures bear witness to the truth as it is in Christ.
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(36) The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ-He is Lord of all-
God has appointed a day when He will judge the world in righteousness. What may be known about Him? And what does it mean to have remission of sins?
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(43) To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins."
Taking off Theological spectacles.
God had to deal with Peter's preconceived ideas so that Cornelius' household might be blessed. Do our preconceived ideas prevent us from entering into the truth of God's Word and the fulness of the Holy Spirit?
We apologise that the recording begins after the introduction and reading for this sermon.
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(44) While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.
Peter's mission report.
Peter gives a full account to the church members in Jerusalem in defense of his mission to the Gentiles and answered all their concerns.
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(1) Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.
Jesus is Lord.
The gospel has spread to Antioch and reports of what was happening there reached the believers in Jerusalem. Barnabas was sent to see what was happening. What did he see that made him glad and how does it apply to us today?
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(21) And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.
(22) Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch.
Famine of the Word.
Agabus prophesied concerning a worldwide famine. The disciples took the word seriously and determined to act upon it. What should believers do knowing that the Bible speaks about a famine of the Word?
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(26) And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
When the genuine disciple of Christ refuses that which the world promotes, but feeds on the pure Word of God and lives by it, their adversary the devil becomes infuriated.
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(1) Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church.
(2) Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
Herod had Peter arrested but Peter lay soundly asleep whilst chained in a heavily guarded prison. This is faith in action.
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(6) And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison.
The family Herod were all acquainted with the Lord Jesus Christ but instead of submitting to Him as Lord, rather they rejected Him and as such serves as a picture of the unrepentant sinner.
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(18) Then, as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers about what had become of Peter.
(19) But when Herod had searched for him and not found him, he examined the guards and commanded that they should be put to death.
The sinner is at enmity with God and this sometimes manifests itself in acts of aggression. How should the saints of God respond?
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Ian reads from
Ch.11 v 27 to Ch.13 v 5
Active involvement in, and commitment to, ones local church is imperative as it is not just a fellowship but where a person's ministry is developed and proved.
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(2) As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."
It became Paul's practice, when he came to a city, was to first preach in the synagogue. What was it that Paul and Barnabas preached that Elymas opposed?
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(5) And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant.
After reading the scriptures the Rulers of the Synagogue invited Paul to expound the Word of God. Paul was always prepared and his main message would be a call to repentance and faith towards the Lord Jesus Christ. Are we ready at all times to share the gospel?
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(15) And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, "Men and brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on."
Paul was speaking to the Jews who knew the law and by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Is it Ok to do your best to keep the law or are our debts more than we can pay?
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(38) Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins;
(39) and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Ian gives illustrations of the fact that our sins are debts to God, which we, the debtors cannot pay. So how can we hold currency with God?
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(40) Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you:
In these spiritually perilous times we need to stand for the gospel which is the power of God unto salvation.
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(46) Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, "It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.
Paul knew that God would save those appointed to eternal life and spent his time faithfully and consistently ministering to open hearts according to the rule of Christ for the sake of the elect.
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(48) Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
Ian shows that it is the works of Satan which are behind the Jews who objected to the proclamation of the Gospel at Iconium and that his tactics have not changed to this day. Satan has a dual attach on the gospel 1) Christ's Servants are expelled or 2) He poisons peoples minds against the brethren or the Word. Ian then finishes with the antidote.
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(2) But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren.
Ian compares the man born without strength in his feet with any sinner prior to salvation in a spiritual sense. He then shows how the Apostle exercises Spiritual gifts to indentify his condition and that his healing is a picture of what happens when a soul is saved.
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(8) And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother's womb, who had never walked.
(9) This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,
Ian reflects further on the healing of the crippled man and how the crowd attributed the healing to their false gods showing the blinding effect of sin. Signs and wonders are given to point people to something particular by God but they can be easily mis-read, willfully ignored, just completely missed by man.
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(14) But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their clothes and ran in among the multitude, crying out
(15) and saying, "Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them,
When Paul and Barnabus went to Derbe they made disciples and not got people to make decisions. Ian then shows that disciples require three things 1) the Word, 2) the Holy Spirit and 3) Prayer and that it is only disciples who can have their souls strengthened; which is God's will for all disciples. Finally Ian explains why trials and tribulations come into a Christians life by using Timothy as an example.
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(21) And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch,
(22) strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God."
Ian teaches about the relevance of circumcision to the Christian today and what is behind much of the confusion there is today.
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(1) And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."
Ian continues his teaching from last weeks message on Law and Grace and expands on the subject of circumcision and what it meant to the Jews.
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(5) But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses."
Ian speaks of the necessity of keeping and preaching on biblical doctrines and not avoiding them even at the risk of disputes. Biblical guidance, as shown from this passage has a threefold witness 1) the Holy Spirit, 2) Testimonies of the saints and 3) The Scriptures.
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(7) And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: "Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
Ian starts a small two part series on verses 28 and 29. In this first part he focuses on abstinence and raises the issue of Halal meat.
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(28) For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:
In the second part of this mini series Ian supplies the spiritual application of these verses as it effects the church today. Ian uses the issue of rock music as an example.
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(29) that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well.
Ian suggests three reasons why, when the letter was delivered to the church at Antioch, they were encouraged. Because 1) The Word of God was read publicly, 2) There was preaching and teaching of the Word and 3) There was a concern for the wider church.
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(30) So when they were sent off, they came to Antioch; and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the letter.
(31) When they had read it, they rejoiced over its encouragement.
In the first part of a two part mini series Ian speaks about the dispute that arose between Paul and Barnabas.
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(38) But Paul insisted that they should not take with them the one who had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work.
(39) Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus;
In this second part of his two part mini series Ian speaks about Timothy and the reason Paul circumcised him.
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(3) Paul wanted to have him go on with him. And he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region, for they all knew that his father was Greek.
Ian speaks on the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of unbelievers and uses CH Spurgeon's conversion as an example.
He also draws out very clearly how this passage is an excellent illustration of how the great commission Christ gave in Matthew and Mark's gospels was being fulfilled.
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(6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.
(7) After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.
God puts people where He wants them and having been prevented by the Holy Spirit from taking their own route Paul and his companions are directed to
Macedonia, to the great city of Philippi.
Like so many today these people had culture and architecture, education, philosophy and wealth so what did they need 'help' with?
They did not have Christ.
God had given Paul the Gospel and the desire to preach it. We also have the Gospel and the desire to preach it and God has directed us to where He wants us.
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(9) And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."
(10) Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.
Paul and the slave girl.
The message proclaimed by the girl was correct but was not helpful due to being who and what she was. People knew her, listened to her and paid her owners for what she could tell them but it was wrong to associate the gospel of Christ with a person perceived by Paul to be possessed by a demon.
Ian explains that the girl represents all those who are today controlled by sin. She was freed of her demon and today we see the truth makes people free.
Whenever someone makes a stand for Christ it is likely Satan will oppose them. Their actions brought consequences for Paul and Silas and that is also the same today with all those who promote the gospel being persecuted in some way.
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(17) This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, "These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation."
(18) And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And he came out that very hour.
Paul and Silas imprisoned.
These two apostles were having a rough time of it but did they moan or complain? On the contrary their circumstances did not affect their inner joy at being free of sin and they were singing hymns and praising God.
What did the other prisoners in the same situation make of it?
Do you know what it is to be saved? Today many face trials and problems but those who are saved understand that God has already done the greatest thing ever in giving us His son. We have his promise of what is to come and can be confident and happy that we are in His hands whereas the unsaved only find happiness in their circumstances.
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(23) And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely.
(24) Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
(25) But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
The conversion of the jailer.
Everyone understands that breaking the law results in punishment.
The jailer knew of gods but had no knowledge of the true God until he heard Paul and Silas in his prison. On realisation of his sin against God he was ready to do whatever it took to be saved and the apostles "spoke the word of the Lord" to him and his household.
Do you truly "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ"? What does this mean?
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(30) And he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
(31) So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household."
(32) Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.
Slavery and freedom.
Unbelieving sinners are in bondage - slaves to the things of this world. Satan offers to set them free via drugs, alcohol, religion, entertainment, etc but they continue as prisoners.
Only Christ can set people free.
Even believers receive offers from Satan but we know at what tremendous cost our freedom was bought.
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(36) So the keeper of the prison reported these words to Paul, saying, "The magistrates have sent to let you go. Now therefore depart, and go in peace."
(37) But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us openly, uncondemned Romans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they put us out secretly? No indeed!
Preaching Christ at Thessalonica.
In preaching Paul reasoned from the scriptures and explained why Jesus died and was raised from the dead. He used scripture to prove Jesus is the Christ.
He did this wherever he was and no matter who he was speaking to. We should do the same.
Ian tells us how and sets us a little homework to do before next week (24th March).
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(2) Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
(3) explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ."
Uproar in Thessalonica.
Paul was not in Thessalonica for long and he did his 'day job' to earn a living but used his other time there to preach 'the gospel of God'.
What knowledge did he impart to the people in so short a time that was so important, so significant, so wonderful that people would change their lives and immediately face persecution?
Can we do likewise?
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(4) And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas.
(5) But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious,[a] took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
Ministering at Berea.
What is the foundation of your life? What is the foundation of the church or fellowship that you attend?
The foundation should be Christ and we are to build on it with good materials - that is Christ's word, the word of truth.
Some churches are built on the ideas of men and their foundations are on sand. Our building will stand.
The Bereans did not accept Paul's preaching without questioning. They "searched the Scriptures daily" to check what they were being told and we should always do similarly.
Ian suggests that this week we search the same Scriptures (the Old Testament) as the Bereans did regarding Christ.
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(10) Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
(11) These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
(12) Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.
The scriptures proved Jesus is the Christ.
Last week Ian suggested we search the Scriptures as did the Bereans. Today he gives us many references to where Scripture gives prophetic detailed accounts, where the death and resurrection are given in 'type' and where 'shadows' depict what is to come.
Do we believe in an intellectual way - even demons know who Jesus is, or do we truly believe and put our trust in Jesus so that we would suffer and even die if necessary?
The last ten minutes of todays sermon is the testimony of Robert Barnett who was imprisoned and executed due to being a true believer.
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(13) But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came there also and stirred up the crowds.
(14) Then immediately the brethren sent Paul away, to go to the sea; but both Silas and Timothy remained there.
Idolatry in our nation.
Ian makes comparison of what Paul saw in Athens and what we see in our nation today. We too should be provoked to righteous anger and do something.
Paul 'reasoned' with them and preached the gospel of Jesus Christ 'in the marketplace daily'. The least we can do is pray, live our life as a testimony and be supportive of our evangelising brothers and sisters in Christ.
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(16) Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols.
(17) Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there.
So many in our country are Epicurians and Stoics.
Both have their own belief systems and we are surrounded by them but neither understand the truth of the gospel which even a child or the uneducated can understand.
Those that Paul was speaking to in Athens thought to appease a god they didn't know by their own means.
Is it possible to worship God if you don't know Him? Is it possible to be saved if you don't know the way of salvation provided by the Lord?
Do YOU know Him? Do YOU know the way of salvation?
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(23) for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:
Infant baptism is not biblical and we don't do it but today has been the 'dedication' service for the infant 'Theo' and because of this there are more people than usual
attending and it is likely some are not Christians.
Ian explains the meaning of the name 'Theo' (Theophilus) and delivers the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ to believers and non-believers alike just as the apostle Paul does in Acts 17.
Are you a good person? By what standard do you measure that?
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(31) because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead."
Paul goes to Corinth.
To be called a 'Corinthian' is to say you live in a culture of immorality and depravity. Much like Britain today with its cosmopolitan mixture of cultures, false gods and man-made philosophies.
As Paul wrote his letter to the Romans (Rom.1 v 18-31) he was describing what he saw around him.
How are believers to cope in such environments? Like Paul who had the fellowship of Aquila and Priscilla we are to maintain our wellbeing through fellowship with others in an exchange of support and encouragement.
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(1) After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth.
(2) And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them.
Preaching Jesus Christ crucified.
Ian teaches the unchangableness of the message of the gospel showing that sinners need to realise their standing before a Holy God, that there is a judgement to come, and that the only means of salvation is through the Lord Jesus Christ and no other.
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(5) When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.
The Nazerite vow.
Ian explains why Paul takes a Nazerite vows and how this principle is applicable to believers today.
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(18) So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow.
Ian explores Spiritual growth through regular study of the Scriptures and prayer. He uses Paul's prayers in Ephesians to shows Gods desire for His children and their walk with Him.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on the 2nd June 2013|
(23) After he had spent some time there, he departed and went over the region of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.
Apollos receives the Holy Spirit.
Explains fully that which Aquila and Priscilla "explained....more accurately" to Apollos and that which Paul spoke to the twelve in Ephesus about was the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on the 9th June 2013|
(26) So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
Paul preaching Christ in Ephesus.
Ian looks at Paul's strategy for preaching the gospel as he goes around to different places, starting usually at the Synagogue. Then how he deals with those who oppose the gospel
We apologise that the intial reading is missing.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on the 23rd June 2013|
(9) But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus.
Ian powerfully speaks on how we should defend "....the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude v 3) against the onslaught of the evil one in our day.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on the 30th June 2013|
(13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, . . .
Dealing with powers of evil.
Ian asks the question as to how we can stand against such a powerful, although defeated, foe as Satan and shows that it is not by religion or works. But that it is by the weapons God himself has supplied as shown in Ephesians 6 vs. 10 - 18.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on the 7th July 2013|
(15) And the evil spirit answered and said, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?"
(16) Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
Faithfulness and evidence.
Ian shows that these few verses are a model of all true believers. We are called to stand fast for the truth and to faithfulness. He shows that there are five things which should be evident in the lives of all true believers.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on the 14th July 2013|
(17) This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
(18) And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds.
The fight with idolatry.
Ian explores how the true church will always fight against idolatry. When things seem to be going well in the church Satan will seek an opportunity to attack.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on the 21st July 2013|
(23) And about that time there arose a great commotion about the Way.
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(26) Moreover you see and hear that not only at Ephesus, but throughout almost all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are not gods which are made with hands.
Ian explains how, as in the church at Ephesus, that enemies will "come in" and come "from among yourselves" into today's church if we are slack and allow them to. And is a sobering warning for us today.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on the 4th August 2013|
(29) For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.
(30) Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.
Paul's own life example.
In theses verses Paul, by using his life as an example, and by using two of the gifts of the holy spirit (a word of knowledge and a word of wisdom), tells the Ephesian elders what will happen after his departure.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on the 11th August 2013|
(31) Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.
Paul's teaching ministry.
Paul reminds the Ephesian elders of his teaching and doctrine whilst he was among them. Ian then goes on to show why this is so important today if our leaders are to protect the flock of God today.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on the 18th August 2013|
(35) I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'
The boundless store of grace.
Ian explains fully that Paul could commend the Ephesians into the hand of God, the highest possible authority, and to the "word of His grace"
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on the 1st September 2013|
(32) "So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified."
At this stage of his journey Paul is met by believers who try to persuade him not to go to Jerusalem whilst he is fully convinced that the Holy Spirit has directed him.
Ian shows that here the apparent contradiction that the Holy Spirit guides Paul in one direction and other believers in another, is not so on deeper investigation
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on the 8th September 2013|
(11) When he had come to us, he took Paul's belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, "Thus says the Holy Spirit, 'So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'"
(12) Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem.
Lessons for students.
From this passage Ian gives eight pieces of advice specifically to two young members who are about to commence university. But not only to them but to everyone who is walking on the Christian journey of life in Christ.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on the 15th September 2013|
(13) Then Paul answered, "What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."
(14) So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, "The will of the Lord be done."
Paul arrives in Jerusalem.
Ian introduces us to the rather complex issue of "Did James and Paul disagree on the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith alone?" The outcome should not surprise too many of us.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on the 22nd September 2013|
(21) but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs.
Relationship between law and grace.
We are introduced to another complex issue, that of the relationship between law and faith and the issue of antinomianism. This introduces us to the question of how should a Christian respond to the Law of Moses.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on the 29th September 2013|
(25) But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written and decided that they should observe no such thing, except that they should keep themselves from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality."
The law of Moses to believers in Christ.
This message is a continuation of the previous one and the question of which of the 613 laws (the law of Moses) in the Old Testament should Christians keep and which it is correct to ignore.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on the 13th October 2013|
(28) crying out, "Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people, the law, and this place; and furthermore he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place."
All believers have a testimony to share. Why did Paul give his testimony on this occasion?
The people wanted to kill him. What are we to do in trying to reach those who are hostile? We were once as they are before we met Jesus Christ through the gospel so we must be sensitive and understanding in sharing our testimony.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 20th October 2013|
(39) But Paul said, "I am a Jew from Tarsus, in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city; and I implore you, permit me to speak to the people."
All people have troubles but Christians must also face those that accompany their faith. Paul knew he was "in the midst of wolves."
We can be as Jesus said, "wise as serpents and harmless as doves" by looking at how Paul demonstrates this first with the centurion and then with the Pharisees and Sadducees.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 27th October 2013|
(25) And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who stood by, "Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and uncondemned?"
Paul was accused of not following the law of Moses whereas he sought to "establish the law".
Ian demonstrates the numerous ways the legalistic group of more than forty would-be murderers broke the law that they claimed to uphold.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 3rd November 2013|
(12) And when it was day, some of the Jews banded together and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
Paul answers for himself before Festus who already has accurate knowledge of 'the way'. Having knowledge does not bring salvation.
Many today preach that God loves, forgives and accepts us just as we are but what Paul has to say convicts Festus of his sin and he doesn't want to hear. Such conviction leads a person one of two ways. Ian explains.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 10th November 2013|
(22) But when Felix heard these things, having more accurate knowledge of the Way, he adjourned the proceedings and said, "When Lysias the commander comes down, I will make a decision on your case."
How can man become righteous before God?
By nature man is an unrighteous sinner - unfit to face God. He is unable to free himself from sin but will one day face God in judgement. The answer is not in our good works but in Christ alone.
Ian explains the importance between faith IN Christ and faith OF Christ.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 17th November 2013|
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(24) And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.
Felix and the Unpardonable Sin.
What is the sin that is unpardonable, that Jesus said, "will not be forgiven" EVER?
Ian explains blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. People hear the gospel but continue to refuse to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit which convicts them of sin.
Apology - Ian sounds 'croaky' as he has been and still is unwell.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 24th November 2013|
(25) Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, "Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you."
Festus, Agrippa and Paul.
Three men with two things in common. They were all born sinners and they all heard the gospel.
The gospel of Christ is simple to understand. Festus heard it from Paul and although he did everything to support Paul as a Roman citizen under Roman law it appears that he remained spiritually blind, unwilling to receive the message of salvation.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 1st December 2013|
(8) while he answered for himself, "Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in anything at all."
(9) But Festus, wanting to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and there be judged before me concerning these things?"
Agrippa had knowledge but no understanding or belief.
Ian explains that Herod Agrippa was a sinner from a long line of sinners. All people are born as sinners and like Agrippa many will have knowledge about Christ and hear the gospel but will not believe and remain spiritually blind.
The gospel is for everyone and its purpose is to open eyes.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 8th December 2013|
(3) especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which have to do with the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.
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(8) Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead?
Ian explains why Paul describes himself as being the chief of sinners prior to his conversion.
In saving Paul Christ is showing us all that there is no sin so bad that it cannot be forgiven.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 15th December 2013|
(15) So I said, 'Who are You, Lord?' And He said, 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
(16) But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.
The purpose of Christ's coming.
This is a true Christmas message, not of shepherds but of the reason Jesus came to us. He came to open our eyes.
Paul thought he was perfect in his knowledge and understanding of scripture. How had he got it so terribly wrong?
Ian considers six things that happened to Paul at his conversion and they happen to all believers.
We have our eyes opened, we move from darkness to light, we are delivered from the power of Satan, we are granted forgiveness of our sins, we receive an inheritance and we receive the gift of repentance and faith.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 22nd December 2013|
(17) 'I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you,
(18) to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'
The Apostle Paul stood in chains before Festus who thought him mad and Agrippa who could not be persuaded as to the truth and reason of God's word.
Many others would have been present in the court. None are mentioned as accepting Paul's message so was he failing? Should he have changed the message or the method of delivery?
As a bondservant of Christ Paul did not change anything but many churches today are doing exactly that in attempting to please those spiritually blinded by Satan.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 29th December 2013|
(24) Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!"
(25) But he said, "I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason."
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(28) Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You almost persuade me to become a Christian."
Why did Paul use the words, "almost and altogether"?
Many today preach 'health, wealth and happiness' but the Bible tells us Christians will suffer trials and persecution. This has been demonstrated throughout history. Paul wishes everyone to become true believers like him but does not wish his 'chains' on anyone.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 5th January 2014|
(29) And Paul said, "I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains."
Journey of life.
The description of Paul's journey and the verifiable technical detail and language used makes this a chapter that demonstrates the reliability of the Bible.
We can make comparison with our own journey through life. We are all in the 'same boat' with the same predetermined destination of physical death and judgement.
Paul - a man of God - was at first ignored and the 'experts' were taking everyone to destruction just as is happening today.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 12th January 2014|
We apologise that we do not have a recording of 'Jouney of life (2)' from 19th January.
Journey of life (3).
"Men, you should have listened to me,".
As can similarly be seen in our society the people on their journey were in jeopardy because they listened to so-called experts instead of the word of God. Those who hear and don't act are lost.
Those who stay in the 'ship' are saved.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 2nd Feb 2014|
Journey of life (4).
"The Apostle Paul implored them all to take food,".
We are all 'earnestly begged' to fulfill our need for spiritual food by adopting a disciplined approach. Verse 38 says, "they lightened the ship" and Ian asks us to consider whether we should lighten our ship of the 'stuff' that will be of no help and may be a hindrance to us at our time of judgement.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 9th Feb 2014|
Paul in Malta.
Does the world see Christians only as those who do acts of kindness? What is the difference then to the Maltese who showed "unusual kindness" but were not Christians? What does Paul's incident with a viper tell us about God's promise?
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 2nd Mar 2014|
The powers of the age to come.
Every believer is enlightened to the truth of the Bible and has received Heavenly gifts.
Ian talks about "the powers of the age to come" and how they are seen working in the Apostle Paul.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 9th Mar 2014|
The end of Paul's journey.
Why did Paul think it necessary to mention that the "ship's figurehead was the Twin Brothers"? What does this mean today?
Paul summarised his life when he wrote, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." He used every opportunity to tell others about the Gospel.
Ian asks us how we spend our lives?
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 16th Mar 2014|
Paul preached wherever and whenever he could, to the Jew first and also to the Gentile, preaching from The Law of Moses and The Prophets, (using the whole Bible).
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 23rd Mar 2014|
In this, Ian's last sermon on the book of Acts he summarises what it is about, ie. the continuing
work of Jesus by the Apostles through some thirty years.
With emphasis on verse 24 Ian asks why "some were persuaded by the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved." They all heard the same message from the Apostle Paul. There was nothing wrong with the message. There was nothing wrong with the way it was preached.
Paul didn't change the message or preach in a different manner so as to make it more 'appealing' to sinners who refuse to hear and see. Nor should we.
|Listen to this last sermon on Acts preached by Ian on 30th Mar 2014|