Acts 13:42-52 Family Feud

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Exposition of Acts: Family Feud

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. DRAMATIC RESPONSE
A. OFFER

>>1. PROCLAMATION – Review conclusion of last sermon
Acts 13:38-41 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by Him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about: “Look, you scoffers, be astounded and perish; for I am doing a work in your days, a work that you won’t believe anyway, even if one tells the whole story to you.”
(Eph 2:8-9; Hab 1:5)
>>2. PLEADING
Acts 13:42 As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told to them the next Sabbath.
(Acts 18:4; 19:8, 26; II Cor 5:11; Jn 1:13; Rom 3:11; II Cor 4:4; II Tim 2:25)

B. OPENING
>>1. PRESSED
Acts 13:43 And after the meeting of the synagogue concluded, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God.
>>2. PURPOSE
Acts 13:44 The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the Word of the Lord.

II. DIVIDED REACTION
A. OPPOSITION

>>1. PROTEST
Acts 13:45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him.
>>2. PUSH-BACK
Acts 13:46 And Paul and Barnabas replied boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the Word of God be spoken first to you [Jews]. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.

B. OVERJOYED
>>1. PROMISE
Acts 13:47 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'”
(Is 49:6; Gen 46:3; Mt 5:14-16)
>>2. PRAISE
Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the Word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.

III. DANGEROUS REJECTION
A. OBJECTING

>>1. PROGRESS
Acts 13:49 And the Word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region.
>>2. PERSECUTION
Acts 13:50 But the Jews incited the religious women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district.

B. OBSERVATION
>>1. PARTING
Acts 13:51 But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium.
>>2. PLEASURE
Acts 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
(Eph 5:18; Mt 10:34-36)


Acts 13:14-41 Focus on Jesus

Posted: September 29th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Acts 13:14-41 Focus on Jesus

Exposition of Acts: Focus on Jesus

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. FOLLOWING
A. GOD’S LEADING
1. REACHING

Acts 13:14a but they continued on from Perga and reached Pisidian Antioch.
2. REVERENCING
Acts 13:14b And on the Sabbath, they entered the synagogue and sat down.

B. GOD’S OPPORTUNITY
1. READING

Acts 13:15 After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it.”
2. RESPONDING
Acts 13:16 So Paul stood up and, motioning with his hand, said: “Men of Israel and you who are God-fearers, listen.

II. FOUNDATION
A. GOD’S CHOICE
1. REDEEMING

Acts 13:17 The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm He led them out of it.
2. REPLACING
Acts 13:18-20a And for about forty years He put up with them in the wilderness and after destroying seven nations in the land of Canaan, He gave them their land as an inheritance. All this took about 450 years.
3. REQUESTING
Acts 13:20b-22 And after that He gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. And when God had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’

B. GOD’S PLAN
1. RECEIVING

Acts 13:23-25 Of this man’s offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as He promised. Before His coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not He. No, but behold, after me one is coming, the sandals of Whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’
(also, Is 11:1-16; Mk 1:2-8; Lk 3:15-18; Jn 1:6-8)
2. REJECTING
Acts 13:26-29 “Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation. For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize Him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning Him. And though they found in Him no guilt worthy of death, they asked Pilate to have Him executed. And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb.
(also, I Cor 15:3-4; Deut 21:22-23; Gal 3:13-14)
3. RAISING
Acts 13:30-31 But God raised Him from the dead, and for many days He appeared to those who had come up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now His witnesses to the people.

III. FULFILLMENT
A. GOD’S PROMISE
1. REJOICING

Acts 13:32-33 And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this He has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, “You are My Son, today I have begotten You.”
(also, Ps 2:7-8; II Sam 7:10-14)
2. REGARDING
Acts 13:34-37 And as for the facts that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to decay, He has spoken in this way, “I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.” Therefore, He added in another psalm, “You will not let your Holy One see decay.” For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, but He whom God raised up did not see corruption.
(also, Is 55:3; Ps 16:10)

B. GOD’S WARNING
1. RECKONING

Acts 13:38-39 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by Him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.
(also, Eph 2:8-9)
2. REBUKING
Acts 13:40-41 Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about: “Look, you scoffers, be astounded and perish; for I am doing a work in your days, a work that you won’t believe anyway, even if one tells the whole story to you.”
(also, Hab 1:5; Amos 8:11-12)


Acts 12:25-13:13 Frame of Mind

Posted: September 22nd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Acts 12:25-13:13 Frame of Mind

Exposition of Acts: Frame of Mind

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. MISSIONS AT HOME IN ANTIOCH
A. SERVICE

>>1. COMPLETED PREVIOUS MINISTRY
Acts 12:25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had completed their service, bringing with them John, also called Mark. [AD 46]
(also Acts 11:29-30; Col. 4:10; Lk 4:14-30; 17:12-19; Mt 8:28-34; 8:8-10; 15:24; Jn 4:5-42; 12:23-32; Acts 1:8)
>>2. COUNCIL OF LEADERS
Acts 13:1 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
(also Acts 11:20)

B. SELECTED
>>1. CALL OF GOD
Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
(also Eph 2:10; Acts 9:15-16)
>>2. COMMISSION OF THE CHURCH
Acts 13:3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. [AD 47-49]
(also Acts 8:4; 11:19)

II. MISSIONS IN CYPRUS
A. SPIRIT-LED

>>1. CYPRUS
Acts 13:4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
(also Acts 4:36)
>>2. CONCERN
Acts 13:5 When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They brought John Mark to assist them.
(also Acts 11:19)

B. SWAYED
>>1. CLARITY
Acts 13:6-7 When they had traveled across the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magi, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus. He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a wise man, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the Word of God.
>>2. CONTROVERSY
Acts 13:8 But Elymas the magician (that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the Faith.

C. SALVATION
>>1. CONSEQUENCES
Acts 13:9-11 But Saul, who was also called Paul [by Gentiles], filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, “You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? Now, behold, the hand of the Lord is on you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time.” Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand.
(also Acts 8:9-23; 16:16-18; 19:13-17)
>>2. CONVERTED
Acts 13:12 Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

III. MISSIONS IN ASIA
A. SINGLE-MINDED

>>1. CONTROL
Acts 13:13a Now Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos
>>2. CONSIDERATION
Acts 13:13b and came to Perga in Pamphylia.

B. STRANDED
>>1. COWARD
Acts 13:13c And John Mark deserted them,
>>2. CHOICE
Acts 13:13d returning to Jerusalem.
(also Acts 15:38)


Acts 12:1-25 Folly of Fighting God

Posted: September 15th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Acts 12:1-25 Folly of Fighting God

Exposition of Acts: Folly of Fighting God

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. POWER OF EVIL MEN
A. MARTYRDOM OF JAMES
>>1. PERSECUTION

Acts 12:1 About that time King Herod Agrippa I the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church.
(also Mt 2:1-16; Lk 23:7-12)

>>2. PROTECTION
Acts 12:2 He beheaded James the brother of John,
(also Mt 17:1; 26:37; Mk 5:37; 9:2; 14:33; 10:35-40; Lk 5:37; 14:33)

B. IMPRISONMENT OF PETER
>>1. POPULARITY

Acts 12:3 and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread.

>>2. PRISON
Acts 12:4-5a And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. So, Peter was guarded in prison.
(also Acts 5:17-21)

II. POWER OF AN EFFECTUAL GOD
A. ANGELIC VISIT TO PETER
>>1. PLAN

Acts 12:6-7 On the very night before Herod was to execute him, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries in front of the door were guarding the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands.
(also Mt 26:36-46; Lk 22:45; Ps 127:2)

>>2. PROMPTED
Acts 12:8 And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.”

B. DELIVERANCE OF PETER
>>1. PASSED

Acts 12:9-10 And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them automatically, and they went out and down one street, and immediately the angel left him.

>>2. PERCEPTION
Acts 12:11 When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I’m certain that the Lord has sent His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”

III. POWER OF EARNEST PRAYER
A. PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
>>1. PETITION

Acts 12:5b, 12 but unremitting prayer for him was made to God by the church. When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.
(also Acts 4:37; Col 4:10; Philemon 24; I Pet 5:13; Lk 22:44)

>>2. PLEASED
Acts 12:13-14 And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer. Recognizing Peter’s voice, in her joy she didn’t open the gate but ran in and reported that Peter was standing at the gate.

>>3. PROOF
Acts 12:15-16 They said to her, “You’re out of your mind.” But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying, “It is his angel!” But Peter continued knocking, and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed.

B. FALL-OUT FROM RESCUE OF PETER
>>1. PRESENTED

Acts 12:17 But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Tell these things to James and to the brothers.” Then he departed and went to another location.
(also Acts 15:7; Gal 2:11-14)

>>2. PUNISHED
Acts 12:18-19a Now at daylight, there was no little disturbance among the soldiers over what had become of Peter. And after Herod searched for him and did not find him, he examined the sentries and ordered that they should be executed.

IV. POWER OF ETERNAL JUSTICE
A. IDOLARY OF HEROD
>>1. PEACE

Acts 12:19b-20 Herod left Judea for Caesarea and spent time there. Now Herod was angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon, and they came to him with one accord, and having persuaded Blastus, the king’s chamberlain, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king’s country for food.

>>2. PRAISE
Acts 12:21-22 On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat on the rostrum and delivered an oration to them. And the people were shouting, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!”

B. FATE OF HEROD & THE CHURCH
>>1. PUNISHED

Acts 12:23 Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.
(also Acts 10:25-26; 14:4-18)

>>2. PROSPERED
Acts 12:24 But the word of God increased and multiplied.


Acts 11:1-30 Foreign Church

Posted: September 8th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Acts 11:1-30 Foreign Church

Exposition of Acts: Foreign Church: An Open Door

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A Sermon by Dr Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder of Sovereign Grace Church

I. EXPLANATION
A. REITERATED
>>1. QUESTIONING

Acts 11:1-3 Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the Word of God. So, when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party [of Christians] criticized him, saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.”

>>2. CLARIFYING
Acts 11:4-10 But Peter began by explaining it to them precisely: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sail descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me. Examining it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But the voice answered a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’ This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven.
(Acts 10:9-43; Eph 2:11-18)

>>3. PROCLAIMING
Acts 11:11-16 And behold, at that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesarea. The Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel stand in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon who is called Peter; he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’ As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at Pentecost. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’

B. REALIZATION
>>1. SUMMARIZING

Acts 11:17 “If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?”
(Mk 1:8; Is 49:6)

>>2. GLORIFYING
Acts 11:18 When they heard this, they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

II. EXPECTATION
A. RETURN
>>1. TRAVELING

Acts 11:19a Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch,

>>2. LIMITING
Acts 11:19b speaking the word exclusively to Jews.

B. REVOLUTION
>>1. REMOLDING

Acts 11:20 But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists as well, preaching the Lord Jesus.

>>2. BELIEVING
Acts 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.

III. EXPANSION
A. REJOICE
>>1. REPORTING

Acts 11:22 The news of this came to the attention of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
(Acts 4:36-37; 9:26-38)

>>2. EXHORTING
Acts 11:23-24a When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith.
(Eph 4:12)

B. RESPONSE
>>1. UNITING

Acts 11:24b-26a Since a large number of people were added to the Lord, Barnabas went to Tarsus to hunt up Saul, and when he had found him, took him to Antioch.

>>2. NAMING
Acts 11:26b For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.

IV. EXPRESSION
A. RECOGNIZED
>>1. STARVING

Acts 11:27-28a Now in these days, prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world.

>>2. IMPACTING
Acts 11:28b This took place in the days of Claudius (AD 41-54).

B. RELIEF
>>1. SYMPATHIZING

Acts 11:29 So the disciples, each according to his means, determined to send relief to the brothers living in Judea.
(Gal 2:1-10)

>>2. ACTING
Acts 11:30 They did so, sending it to the elders carried by Barnabas and Saul.


Acts 10:1-48, Food in NOT the Issue

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Exposition of Acts: Food

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. GROUNDWORK
A. CORNELIUS’ VISION
>>1. FEAR GOD

Acts 10:1-2 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Regiment, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.

>>2. FEATURE
Acts 10:3-6 About three in the afternoon he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” Greatly alarmed, he stared in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” The angel answered him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging with another Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.”

>>3. FIND PETER
Acts 10:7-8 When the angel who spoke to him had departed, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from among those who attended him, and having related everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.

B. PETER’S VISION
>>1. FAINT

Acts 10:9-10 The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about noon to pray. And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance

>>2. FORESHADOW
Acts 10:11-16 and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sail descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” This happened three times, and the sail was taken up at once to heaven. (Mt 16:22; Jn 13:8)

>>3. FEELINGS
Acts 10:17-20 Now while Peter was inwardly puzzled as to what the vision that he had seen might mean, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having asked directions to Simon’s house, stood at the gate and called out to ask whether Simon who was called Peter was staying there. And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you. Rise and go down and accompany them without hesitation, for I have sent them.”

II. GUIDANCE
A. CORNELIUS’ REQUEST
>>1. FAITHFUL

Acts 10:21-22 And Peter went down to the men and said, “I’m the one you’re looking for. What is the reason for your coming?” And they said, “Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say.”

>>2. FOLLOW
Acts 10:23-24 So he invited them in to be his guests. The next day he rose and went away with them, and six brothers from Joppa accompanied him. And on the following day they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. (Acts 11:12)

B. PETER’S RESPONSE
>>1. FEALTY

Acts 10:25-26 When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and bowed down at his feet to worship him. But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man.” (Rev 19:10)

>>2. FACTS
Acts 10:27-29 And as he talked with him, he went in and found many persons gathered. And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of a different ethnicity, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean. So, when I was sent for, I came without objection. I ask then why you sent for me.” (Mark 7:19; Rom 14:14)

C. CORNELIUS’ REASONING
>>1. FLASHBACK

Acts 10:30-33a And Cornelius said, “Four days ago, about this hour, I was praying in my house at the ninth hour, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.’ So, I sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come.

>>2. FERVOR
Acts 10:33b Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.” (James 1:22)

III. GOSPEL
A. PETER’S SERMON
>>1. FAVORTISM

Acts 10:34-38 So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him. As for the word that He sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus the Messiah (He is Lord of all), you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. (Deut 10:17)

>>2. FORGIVENESS
Acts 10:39-43 We are witnesses of all that He did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put Him to death by hanging Him on a tree, but God raised Him on the third day and made Him to appear, not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with Him after he rose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that He is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.”

B. GOD’S HARVEST
>>1. FREEDOM

Acts 10:44-46a While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the Word. And the Jewish Christians who accompanied Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out also on Gentiles! For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God.

>>2. FOUNDATION
Acts 10:46b Then Peter declared, “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days. (Is 60:1-3; Jn 10:16; Jn 12:32)


Acts 9:31-43 Freedom

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Exposition of Acts: Freedom

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. POWER OF GOD OVER DREAD
A. FREEDOM FROM PERSECUTION
>>1. NEW PEACE

Acts 9:31a So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had rest
(also Acts 10:37; 13:31; 28:31 II Cor 5:20)

>>2. NEW STRENGTH
Acts 9:31b and was being strengthened.

B. FREEDOM TO GROW
>>1. NEW POWER

Acts 9:31c And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the holy Spirit,
(also Jn 14:16)

>>2. NEW CHURCHES
Acts 9:31d it multiplied.
(also 2:47; 6:7; 12:24; 16:5; 19:20; 28:30-31)

II. POWER OF GOD OVER DISEASE
A. FREEDOM FROM BONDAGE
>>1. NEW PATTERN

Acts 9:32-33 Now as Peter went from place to place among believers, he also came down to the saints living in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed.
(also Acts 5:16)

>>2. NEW HEALING
Acts 9:34a And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.”
(also Mk 2:10-12)

B. FREEDOM TO BELIEVE
>>1. NEW MIRACLE

Acts 9:34b-35a Immediately he rose, and all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him,

>>2. NEW REVIVAL
Acts 9:35b and they turned to the Lord.
(also I Pet 4:11)

III. POWER OF GOD OVER DEATH
A. FREEDOM OF MINISTRY
>>1. NEW SORROW

Acts 9:36-37 Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room.

>>2. NEW APPEAL
Acts 9:38-39 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, modeling tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them.
(also Jn 11; II Chron 2:16; Jonah 1:3)

B. FREEDOM FROM THE LAW
>>1. NEW LIFE

Acts 9:40-41 But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.
(also Mk 5:38-42)

>>2. NEW LIFESTYLE
Acts 9:42-43 And it became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. And he lodged in Joppa for some time with one Simon, a tanner.


Acts 9:10-30, Forged by God

Posted: August 18th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Acts 9:10-30, Forged by God

Exposition of Acts: Forged by God

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. ONE USED OF GOD TO CHANGE A MAN
A. CALLING

>>1. ORDINARY MAN
Acts 9:10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.”
(also I Cor 1:26-39)
>>2. OUT-OF-ORDINARY TASK
Acts 9:11-12 And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.”

B. CHECKMATE
>>1. OBJECTIONS
Acts 9:13-14 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to Your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”
>>2. OVERCOMING
Acts 9:15-16 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine to carry My name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of My name.”

C. CONVERSION
>>1. OBEDIENCE
Acts 9:17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
>>2. OCCURENCE
Acts 9:18-19 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he remained with the disciples at Damascus.
(also I Tim 1:13,16)

Now the story changes from Ananias to Saul. Ananias did the work God called him to do, then drifts back into obscurity.

II. ONE USED OF GOD TO CHANGE THE WORLD
A. CONFOUNDED

>>1. OCCASION
Acts 9:20-21 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Isn’t this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this Name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?”
(also Jn 5:17-18; Mt 26:63-65; II Cor 5:17)
>>2. OWN UP
Acts 9:22 But Saul increased all the more in strength and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Messiah.

B. CONFUSION
>>1. OPPOSITION
Acts 9:23-24a When time had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, but their plot became known to Saul.
(also Gal 1:15-18; II Cor 11:32-33; Acts 9:16)
>>2. OUTWITTED
Acts 24b-25 They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket.

C. COUNSEL
>>1. ORDER
Acts 9:26-27 And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, Who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus.
>>2. OPENNESS
Acts 9:28-30 So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. And he spoke and debated against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him. And when the brothers learned this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.


Acts 9:1-9, Fervor of a Terrorist

Posted: August 11th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Acts 9:1-9, Fervor of a Terrorist

Exposition of Acts: Fervor of Saul

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. MURDEROUS WORK OF SAUL
A. CARRY-OVER

>>1. ACTION
Acts 9:1a But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord,
(Acts 8:3; Num 25:7-8; Phil 3:8; Gal 1:13)
>>2. AUTHORITY
Acts 9:1b-2 went to the High Priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might arrest them and bring them to Jerusalem.

B. TAKE-OVER
>>1. APPROACH
Acts 9:3-4a As he traveled, he approached Damascus. Suddenly, a light from heaven flashed around him. And falling to the ground . . .
(Acts 22:6; 26:12)
>>2. AUDIBLE
Acts 9:4b he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
(Lk 10:41; Mt 23:37)

II. MIRACULOUS WORK OF GOD
A. MAKE-OVER

>>1. ARGUMENT
Acts 9:5a And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
(Phil 3:10-11)
>>2. ASSERTION
Acts 9:5b The Lord said, “I am Jesus, Whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
(Acts 26:14)

B. TURN-OVER
>>1. ASTONISHMENT
Acts 9:6a Trembling and astonished he asked, “Lord, what will You have me do?”
(Acts 22:3-11; 26:12-18; 9:17,27; Gal 1:11-12)
>>2. ANSWER
Acts 9:6b And the Lord answered, “Rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”

III. MINISTERING WORK BY OTHERS
A. CHANGE-OVER

>>1. ASTOUNDED
Acts 9:7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.
>>2. ADDLED
Acts 9:8 Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing.

B. DO-OVER
>>1. ATTENDED
Acts 9:9a So, they led him by the hand, brought him into Damascus,
(I Tim 1:13-15)
>>2. ABASED
Acts 9:9b and for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.


Acts 8:26-40, Faith of Two Men

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Exposition of Acts: Faith of Two Men

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. FAITH TAKES THE SAVING MESSAGE
A. FAITH OBEYS WITHOUT QUESTION

>>1. SUBMIT TO GOD’S PLAN
Acts 8:26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road descending from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is in the desert.
>>2. SOUL WINNING
Acts 8:27a And he rose and went.

B. FAITH OVERCOMES OBSTACLES
>>1. SERVANT OF THE QUEEN
Acts 8:27b And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure.
>>2. STUDENT OF THE WORD
Acts 8:28 He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. (Deut 23:1; Is 56:3-5a)

C. FAITH OPERATES AT GOD’S LEADING
>>1. SENT BY GOD
Acts 8:29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.”
>>2. SPRINT
Acts 8:30a Philip ran to him . . .

II. FAITH SHARES THE SAVING MESSAGE
A. FAITH OBSERVES OTHERS’ NEEDS

>>1. SKEPTICISM
Acts 8:30b and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
>>2. SYMPATHY
Acts 8:31 He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

B. FAITH OFFERS UNDERSTANDING
>>1. SEARCH
Acts 8:32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep He was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He opens not His mouth. (Isaiah 53:7-8; 4-6)
>>2. STORY
Acts 8:33 In His humiliation justice was denied for Him. Who can describe His generation? For His life is taken away from the earth.”

C. FAITH OBTAINS OCCASIONS FOR EVANGELISM
>>1. SCRUTINY
Acts 8:34 And the eunuch asked Philip, “About whom does the prophet say this – about himself or about someone else?” (Rom 3:10-12; 5:8; 10:13)
>>2. SOLUTION
Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this Scripture, he told him the Good News about Jesus.

III. FAITH OBEYS THE SAVING MESSAGE
A. FAITH OUTLINES STEPS OF ACTION

>>1. SURVEY
Acts 8:36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?”
>>2. STIPULATION
Acts 8:37 Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”
And he answered, “I believe Jesus the Messiah is the Son of God!”

B. FAITH OKAYS GROWTH
>>1. SOLICIT
Acts 8:38a And he commanded the chariot to stop,
>>2. SIGN
Acts 8:38b and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. (II Kings 5)

C. FAITH OPENS LIFE TO NEW CHALLENGES
>>1. SEPARATION
Acts 8:39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and continued his on his way rejoicing. (Jn 6:15-21; I Thes 4:15-18)
>>2. SCENE
Acts 8:40 But Philip found himself at Ashdod [Azotus], and as he passed through, he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea. (Acts 1:8; 21:8)