Acts 2:41-47, Fellowship in the Church

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Exposition of Acts: Fellowship in the New Church

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

I. DESCRIPTION OF GOD’S CHURCH
#1 – REGENERATED

Acts 2:41a So those who gladly received his Word

#2 – OBEDIENT
Acts 2:41b were baptized,

#3 – EVANGELISTIC
Acts 2:41c and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

#4 – SCRIPTURAL
Acts 2:42a And they continually devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching (Jn 8:31; I Jn 2:19; I Pet 2:2; Titus 1:9)

#5 – FELLOWSHIPING
Acts 2:42b and the fellowship (Heb 10:24-25)

#6 – OBSERVANT
Acts 2:42c to the breaking of bread (Col 1:19-22; I Cor 10:16-17)

#7 – PRAYING
Acts 2:42d and to the prayers. (Jn 14:13-14)

II. DISTINCTIVES OF GOD’S CHURCH
#8 – INSPIRING

Acts 2:43a And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe

#9 – LIFE-CHANGING
Acts 2:43b and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. (Jn 14:11; Heb 2:3-4)

#10 – SHARING
Acts 2:44-45 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.

#11 – GENEROUS
Acts 2:46 And day by day, with one mind attending the temple and breaking bread in their homes, taking meals together with glad and sincere hearts, (I Pet 4:9; I Jn 3:17-18)

#12 – JOYOUS
Acts 2:47a praising God

#13 – ATTRACTIVE
Acts 2:47b and finding grace with all the people. (Jn 13:34-35; 17:20-21)

#14 – GROWING
Acts 2:47c And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.


First Sunday Guest Speaker

Posted: April 7th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on First Sunday Guest Speaker

First Sunday Guest Speaker – Marlin Driskell, Director, Camp Grace

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A Sermon by Camp Grace Director Marlin Driskell
To relieve the pressure on Dr Bob as he slowly recovers from his stroke, SGC has asked men in our congregation, missionaries and other pastors to fill in as “First Sunday Guest Speaker” each month.

The Psalm 41 Man of God

He is BLESSED Ps 41:1a Blessed is the one who considers the poor!

He is DELIVERED Ps 41:1b In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him;

He is PROTECTED Ps 41:2 the LORD protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.

He is SUSTAINED Ps 41:3 The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.

He is UPHELD when attacked Ps 41:4-5 As for me, I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you!” My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die, and his name perish?”

He is COMFORTED Ps 41:6-9 And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words, while his heart gathers iniquity; when he goes out, he tells it abroad. All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me. They say, “A deadly thing is poured out on him; he will not rise again from where he lies.” Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.

He is REWARDED Ps 41:10-13 But you, O LORD, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them! By this I know that you delight in me: my enemy will not shout in triumph over me. But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever. Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.


Acts 2:22-40, First Sermon

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Exposition of Acts: First Sermon on Pentecost

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

I. JESUS: HIS LIFE & DEATH
A. LIFE OF MESSIAH

1. STATEMENT OF PROOF
Acts 2:22a “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with miracles, wonders and signs that God did through Him in your midst
(also Acts 2:14; Jn 3:2)
2. STATEMENT OF COMMON SENSE
Acts 2:22b as you yourselves know
(also Jn 10:31, 37-39; 11:48-53)

B. DEATH OF MESSIAH
1. STATEMENT OF PLAN
Acts 2:23a this Man, handed over [by Judas] according to the predetermined purpose and fore-ordination of God,
2. STATEMENT OF EVIL
Acts 2:23b you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless [Roman] men.
(also Mt 26:69-75)

II. JESUS: HIS RESURRECTION
A. RESURRECTION OF MESSIAH

1. STATEMENT OF FACT
Acts 2:24 God raised Him up, freeing the birth-pains of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it.
(also Jn 11:25)
2. STATEMENT OF PROPHECY
Acts 2:25-28 For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before Me, for He is at My right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore, My heart was glad, and My tongue rejoiced; My flesh also will dwell in hope. For You will not abandon My soul to Hades or let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to Me the path of [eternal] life; you will make Me full of gladness with Your presence.’
(also Ps 16:8-11; II Cor 5:21)

B. FULFILLMENT BY MESSIAH
1. STATEMENT OF CONFIDENCE
Acts 2:29-31 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David: he is dead, buried, and his tomb is here today. Being therefore a prophet and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, David foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Messiah, that He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.
2. STATEMENT OF WITNESS
Acts 2:32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.

III. JESUS: HIS EXALTATION
A. ACCLAMATION OF MESSIAH

1. STATEMENT OF PRAISE
Acts 2:33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.
(also Phil 2:9-11)
2. STATEMENT OF MAJESTY
Acts 2:34-35 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool.”‘
(also Ps 110:1)

B. LORDSHIP OF MESSIAH
1. STATEMENT OF SUMMARY
Acts 2:36a Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Messiah
2. STATEMENT OF SHAME
Acts 2:36b this Jesus whom you crucified.”

IV. JESUS: OUR RESPONSE
A. CONVICTION BY MESSIAH

1. STATEMENT OF REPENTANCE
Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
2. STATEMENT OF FAITH
Acts 2:38a And Peter said to them, “Repent, then be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins,
(also Mt 3:2; 4:17)

B. ENCOURAGEMENT OF MESSIAH
1. STATEMENT OF HOPE
Acts 2:38b-39 and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, for the promise is for you, for your children and for succeeding generations – for everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself.”
2. STATEMENT OF WARNING
Acts 2:40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.”


Acts 2:1-21, Feast of Pentecost

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Exposition of Acts: Feast of Pentecost

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

I. EVIDENCE OF A MIRACLE
A. WHAT THE MIRACLE SIGNIFIED

1. MEETING
Acts 2:1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one room.
2. MARVEL
Acts 2:2-3 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues like flame appeared and rested on each one of them.
(also Gen 1:1-2; 2:7; Ezek 37:9-10; Jn 3:8; Mt 3:11)
3. MOVING
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them ability.
(also Lk 10:1-20; Jn 14:15-18; 16:7; Acts 1:4-5; 4:8; Rom 6:4-6; I Cor 12:13; Gal 3:27; Eph 5:18)

B. WHAT THE MIRACLE INVOLVED
1. MULTITUDE
Acts 2:5-6 Now there were residing in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. At this sound the multitude came together in bewilderment, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.
2. MIGHTY WORKS
Acts 2:7-11 They were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that each of us hear in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians – we hear them telling in our own languages the mighty works of God.”
(also I Cor 14:22)

II. EXPLANATION OF A MIRACLE
A. WHAT THE MIRACLE WASN’T

1. MYSTIFIED
Acts 2:12-13 Everyone was amazed and perplexed, saying to each other, “What does this mean?” But some jested, saying “They are filled with new wine.”
2. MARK MY WORDS
Acts 2:14-15 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all staying in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and mark my words. For these people are not drunk, as you assume, since it is only the third hour of the day.
(also Eph 5:18)

B. WHAT THE MIRACLE MEANT
1. MESSAGE
Acts 2:16-18 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
(also Joel 2:28-32; I Jn 2:18; Heb 1:2; I Pet 1:20)
2. MAGNIFICENCE
Acts 2:19-20 And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and memorable day.
(also Mt 24:29-30)
3. MOTIVE
Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
(also Prov 18:10)


First Sunday Guest Speaker: Todd Schmidt

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Guest Speaker: Todd Schmidt, Laramie, Wyoming

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A Sermon by Bro Todd Schmidt, Missionary supported by Sovereign Grace Church
To relieve the pressure on Dr Bob as he slowly recovers from his stroke, SGC has asked men in our congregation, our missionaries and others to fill in as “First Sunday Guest Speaker” each month. Brother Schmidt works as a missionary to the University of Wyoming campus, interacting and discipling students there. He and his family have been a great blessing to our church over the years, attending a number of times a year. His son Levi and daughter Jenny are members of SGC.

BIBLICAL VIEW OF ANGER

I. GOD’S ANGER
A. STUDY HIS RIGHTEOUS ANGER

1. It is always against sin, evil and idolatry
2. It is always unchanging
3. It is always justified

B. UNDERSTAND WHY GOD IS ANGRY
1. Reminds us of God’s holiness
2. Reminds us of God’s hatred (of sin AND of the sinner)
3. Reminds us to Fear God
4. Reminds us to Praise God

II. MAN’S ANGER
A. RIGHTEOUS ANGER

1. Exchange unrighteous anger for righteous anger
2. Examples of righteous anger
3. Based on moral convictions

B. SINFUL ANGER
1. Respectable sin for most Christians
2. Resentment/rage
3. Examples on unrighteous anger – Cain, Jonah
4. Cousins of anger – irritability, rashness, malice, clamor, no self-control

CONCLUSION
1. Recognize anger
2. Believe God’s sovereignty; HE is in control
3. Prayer
4. Bible study


Acts 1:15-26, Filling the Ranks

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Exposition of Acts: Filling the Ranks

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

I. ACTION OF JUDAS
A. GUILT

1. APPEAL
Mt 27:3 At that time Judas, His betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned. He was regretful and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders,
2. ADMISSION
Mt 27:4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? That’s your responsibility.” (II Cor 7:10 Mt 27:24)

B. GRIEF
1. AFFLICTED
Mt 27:5a And throwing the silver pieces in the temple, he departed and went into the night (Heb 11:24-26; Deut 27:25)
2. AFTERMATH
Acts 1:15-17 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the gathering of people included about 120 individuals) and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. “For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry”

II. REWARD OF JUDAS
A. GORE

1. ABANDONED
Mt 27:5c and hanged himself. Acts 1:18b . . . and falling head-first, his body split open and his internal organs spilled out. (Jn 17:12; Deut 19:16-21)
2. AMBIGUOUS
Mt 27:6 But the chief priests, picking up the silver, said, “It is not lawful to put it in the offering, since it is blood money.” (Deut 23:18)

B. GRAVE
1. APPROVAL
Mt 27:7 So they deliberated and used it to purchase a potter’s field as a burial place for gentiles, Acts 1:18a a field with the reward of his wickedness
2. AKELDAMA
Acts 1:19 This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that the field was named in their own language ‘Akeldama’, that is, ‘Field of Blood’. (Jer 19:6, 11)

III. REPLACEMENT OF JUDAS
A. GATHER

1. ABDICATE
Acts 1:20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms, “‘May his home become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it’; and “‘Let another take his office.’ (Ps 69:25; 109:8; I Sam 21-22; Eph 4:11)
2. ACCOMPANIED
Acts 1:21-22 So, one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when He was taken up from us – one of these men must be numbered with us as a witness to His resurrection.” (Lk 10:1-2)

B. GUIDANCE
1. ALLOWANCE
Acts 1:23-25 And they put forward two, Joseph son of Sabba (also called Justus), and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, Who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two You have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” (Acts 15:22; 1:14; Lk 6:12-13)
2. ACTION
Acts 1:26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. (Prov 16:33; I Cor 15:8; Rev 21:14)

“Judas was filled with remorse, not repentance. He was sorrier for the result of his sin than for the sin itself– Bob Griffin


Acts 1:9-14, Forty Days

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Exposition of Acts: Ascension and Beyond

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

I. EXALTATION OF SON OF GOD
A. FROM EARTH TO HEAVEN

Acts 1:9 And when He had said these things, as they were watching, He was lifted, a cloud taking Him out of their sight.
1. SIMPLE DESCRIPTION (Lk 24:50-51; Dan 7:13-14; Mt 17:2,5; Ex 13:21-22)
2. IMPORTANCE OF THE ASCENSION (Jn 16:7)

B. FROZEN IN PLACE
Acts 1:10-11a While they were gazing into heaven as He went, behold, two men in white robes stood by them, asking, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing looking into heaven?”
1. WITNESSES (Gen 18:2; Josh 5:13; Mk 16:5)
2. FOCUS (Lk 24:52-53)

C. FROM HEAVEN TO EARTH
Acts 1:11b This same Jesus, Who was taken up from you into heaven, will return in the same style as you saw Him go into heaven.”
1. THIS SAME JESUS (Zech 14:3-4)
2. SECOND ADVENT (Rev 16:15; 22:12; Jn 9:4)

II. OBEDIENCE OF DISCIPLES
A. FAITHFUL

Acts 1:12-13a Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem, ¾ of a mile walk. And when they’d entered the city, they went to an upper room where they were meeting –
1. BABY STEPS (Acts 1:4)
2. IMMEDIATE FELLOWSHIP (Acts 12:12)

B. FOLLOWERS
Acts 1:13b Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James.
1. PETER, JOHN, JAMES, ANDREW
2. PHILIP, THOMAS, NATHANIEL, MATTHEW
3. JAMES, SIMON, JUDAH

C. FELLOWSHIP
Acts 1:14 All these were persistently agreeing in prayer, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers.
1. DEVOTED TO PRAYER
2. EXPANDED GROUP (Acts 1:15; Jn 7:5; Mk 3:21)


Acts 1:1-8, Finishing the Task

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Exposition of Acts: Finish the Task Ahead

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

I. MESSAGE CONCLUDED
A. MEMORIAL
Acts 1:1-2 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up, after He had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom He had chosen.
1. PROLOGUE (Lk 1:3)
2. PROPAGATION

B. MANIFESTATION
Acts 1:3 He presented Himself alive to them after His suffering by many proofs, appearing to them for forty days and speaking about the Kingdom of God.
1. PROOF (I Cor 15:3-8 Jn 20-21, Lk 24)
2. POINT (Ps 103:19)

C. MANDATE
Acts 1:4-5 And while staying with them He ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, He said, “You heard from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
1. PROMISE (Lk 24:45-49)
2. POWER

II. MYSTERY CONTINUED
A. MOTIVATION
Acts 1:6-7 So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Lord, will You at this time reestablish the kingdom to Israel?” He answered them, “It’s not for you to know times or seasons that the Father established in His own authority.
1. PROBLEM (Jer 23:1-8 Ezek 36-37)
2. PURVIEW (Deut 29:29 Mk 13:32-33)

B. MIGHT
Acts 8a But you will receive strength when the holy Spirit resides in you
1. PROPECTS
2. PRESENCE (Ps 51:11-12)

III. MISSION COMMENCED
A. MESSENGERS
Acts 1:8b and you will be witnesses (about) Me
1. PROGRAM (Is 43:10-12)
2. PERSON

B. MASTER-PLAN
Acts 1:8c in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
1. PROXIMITY (ACTS 1-7)
2. PROVINCE (ACTS 8-12)
3. PEOPLE (ACTS 13-28)


First Sunday Guest Speaker: Alex Sain

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Guest Speaker: Alex Sain, Kaycee, Wyoming

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A Sermon by Bro Alex Sain, Member, Sovereign Grace Church
To relieve the pressure on Dr Bob as he slowly recovers from his stroke, SGC has asked men in our congregation, missionaries and other pastors to fill in as “First Sunday Guest Speaker” each month. Brother Sain is a college graduate in pastoral ministry from North Carolina who moved to Wyoming and labored in churches in our state. He presently lives in Kaycee holding Bible study there and comes to our church as often as possible. He and Lindsay and five kids are a great blessing to our church family.

GOD REIGNS IN TERRIBLE TIMES – Daniel 1

We need a God-centered view of the world thru redemptive glasses

I. GOD’S PREDETERMINED PLAN, Dan 1:1-2
1. God is in control
2. God is not running for election to be God; He IS God

II.GOD’S PRESERVING PROTECTION, Dan 1:3-8
1. God’s protection of His people
1. God’s purpose of redemption

III. GOD’S PROVISION IN PERSPECTIVE, Dan 1:9-21


Our Church: Function

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Our Church: Function

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

I. WE WORSHIP GOD
A. WHAT IS “WORSHIP”?

1. GREAT COMMANDMENT (Mt 22:36-37; John 4:24; Ps 96:13)
2. WORSHIP
B. HOW DOES A CHURCH “WORSHIP”?
1. NOT SPECTATOR (Ps 96:1-4)
2. EXPANDED (Acts 1:14)

II. WE SERVE OTHERS
A. WHAT IS “SERVING OTHERS”?

1. LOVE IN ACTION (Mt 22:39-40; Gal 6:9-10)
2. ATTITUDE
B. HOW DOES A CHURCH “SERVE OTHERS”?
1. A SERVANT’S HEART (I Cor 4:2; Is 6:4)
2. MEETING NEEDS (I Jn 3:18; Mt 20:28)

III. WE SHARE THE GOSPEL
A. WHAT IS “EVANGELISM”?

1. GOOD NEWS (Mt 28:19)
2. WITNESS (Acts 1:8)
B. HOW DOES A CHURCH “EVANGELIZE”?
1. SHARE (Eph 1:4-6)
2. SALT AND LIGHT (Mt 5:13-16)

IV. WE FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER
A. WHAT IS “FELLOWSHIP”?

1. AGREEMENT (Mt 28:19)
2. CHOICE
B. HOW DOES A CHURCH “FELLOWSHIP”?
1. ORDINANCES (I Cor 11:2)
2. COMMUNION

V. WE EQUIP BELIEVERS
A. WHAT IS “DISCIPLESHIP”?

1. BEING v DOING (Mat 28:20)
2. INFLOW v OUTFLOW
B. HOW DOES A CHURCH “DISCIPLE”?
1 PULPIT TO PEW (Eph 4:11-13)
2. EDIFYING STATION