Acts:Power & Persecution

Acts:Power & Persecution
May 2017 - November 2017

Sermons in this series

Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, Nov 12, 2017
Duration:48 mins 4 secs
In this challenging sermon from Acts, Pastor Chad asks the difficult question of why God allows suffering? Why was King Herod allowed to lay, "Violent Hands" upon the Church. Why was James killed and Peter lived? Pastor Chad shows us the tremendous pressure the early church was under with the arrest of Peter, the death of James, the persecution from Herod and the famine of Acts 11. Yet the difference was prayer! Learn how prayer can make all the difference in the pressures of your life.
Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, Nov 05, 2017
Duration:46 mins 48 secs
In this study of Power & Persecution, the Book of Acts introduces us to the first Gentile Church called, The Church at Antioch. The city of Antioch was the 3rd most important city in the ancient world following Rome and Alexandria. There are many great lessons we learn from this healthy vibrant, Church.
Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
Duration:42 mins 3 secs
Are you someone who handles conflict well? Unfortunately, conflict is a part of life...it is a part of our work life, family life and sometimes even our church life. In Acts 11, we see how Peter handled conflict with the Jewish believers after he went to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. Pt. 16 of Power & Persecution, challneges us as we learn how to handle conflict and how to respond when God allows situations we may not like or even approve of.
Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, Oct 08, 2017
Duration:1 hr 11 mins 31 secs
When Peter preached the Gospel to the Gentiles in Acts, the Bible says that the Holy Spirit was poured out upon them and that they spoke in Tongues. In pt. 15 of Power & Persecution, Pastor Chad answers many questions around the issue of speaking in tongues and what it means to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, Oct 01, 2017
Duration:49 mins 25 secs
As we continue our journey through Acts, we see in Pt. 14 of this section of Acts that Peter is growing in God's power. In Acts 9, we see a great miracle in the healing of Aeneas, next we see a greater miracle in the raising of a woman named Dorcas to life. Now, we are going to see the greatest miracle and that is the salvation of the Gentiles. We will meet a man named Cornelius and how God prepared both he and Peter for one of the greatest moments in Church history...the opening of the Kingdom of God to the Gentiles.
Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, Sep 24, 2017
Duration:47 mins 25 secs
In Pt. 13 of the Power & Persecution Series, we see Peter being sent to Joppa to pray for a woman named Dorcas, who was full of good works and acts of charity. In this message, Pastor Chad shows how our own lives should be marked by good works, not for salvation, but rather because of the free gift of salvation we have been given. There are many spiritual truths we learn from this section of Acts 9.
Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, Sep 17, 2017
Duration:47 mins 48 secs
The Bible introduces us to a man crippled for 8 years named, Aeneas. When he met Peter and the power of Jesus Christ, the BIble says that the entire town came to the Lord because of his testimony. There are many practical lessons we will learn about our own Christian life through the life of Aeneas! We know this sermon, the 23rd sermon in the Book of Acts, is going to be a great encouragement to you.
Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
Duration:41 mins 34 secs
Luke records the discipleship process of the Apostle Paul. It began with an obscure believer in Damascus named, Ananias. Discover the truths from Acts 9 as Pastor Chad carefully takes us through each verse to show how believers today should be discipled and should take on the responsibility of discipling others.
Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Duration:35 mins 45 secs
Acts 9 records the greatest conversion to Christianity in history...the salvation of Saul of Tarsus. Pastor Chad takes us step by step through the vivid language Luke uses to describe Saul of Tarsus. He also links 2 Corinthians 4:6 to show that each believer has a Damascus Road experience in their own salvation.
Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, Aug 13, 2017
Duration:39 mins 39 secs
In Pt. 9 of Power & Persecution, we study the last story of Philip mentioned in Acts. We see his obedience to go where God sent him. In the first of Acts 8, we see him in Samaria having tremendous success preaching and baptizing multitudes. All of a sudden at the end of Acts 8, God sends him to Gaza, a desert place to share the Gospel with one man. We talk about Philips obedience to go (even to a desert place) and to go from sharing the gospel to multitudes to only one person. There are many more lessons we learn from Philips life in the last sermon of chapter 8.
Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, Aug 06, 2017
Duration:47 mins 2 secs
In Pt. 8 of our study of Power & Persecution, Pastor Chad examines the story of Simon the Sorcerer. There are many lessons we learn from this portion of Scripture. We see what the Bible says about sorcerery, magic and divination. We also see how someone like Simon can be exposed to Biblical preaching and even signs and miracles and not truly repent and be saved.
Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, Jul 30, 2017
Duration:43 mins 14 secs
Acts 8 is an important chapter in the Bible because the narrative begins to change. Up until now, it is Peter who has dominated the pages of Acts, but now we are going to begin to see others emerge, people like Philip and Paul. In Acts 8, we get a glimpse into why Paul later called himself, "The Chief of Sinners" as he ravages the church going house to house arresting Christians. But again, as our theme suggests, as the persecution increased, so did God's power. Philip goes to Samaria, fulfilling Christ's original command of Acts 1:8, and preaches Christ with great signs and wonders. The result we see is in verse 8, "And there was much joy in the city."
Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, Jul 16, 2017
Duration:1 hr 1 mins 11 secs
Special Guest, Terry Whitson, joins us for Pt. 6 of Power & Persecution and teaches through the life of Stephen, the first martyr of the Christian Church. Walking us through Acts 6 & Acts 7, Terry explains how the Spirit of God made all the difference in Stephen's life and ministry and how the Holy Spirit can make a difference in our lives as well.
Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, Jul 09, 2017
Duration:1 hr 3 mins 14 secs
In Pt. 5 of Power & Persecution, Pastor Chad examines the rest of Acts 5 showing us that as God's power increased on the early church, so did persecution. In this sermon, we learn how Jesus fulfilled His promise to these early believers from Acts 1:8 that power would come upon them to be His witnesses, beginning in Jerusalem. Pastor Chad challenges us by asking if we have the power of God in our own lives to face hardships, difficult seasons and even persecution and to remain a faithful witness of Christ. He shows how the true power of God was not just in the signs and miracles, but in the fact that they were persecuted and "counted themselves worthy to suffer for the Name."
Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, Jul 02, 2017
Duration:42 mins 56 secs
What was the true sin of Ananias & Saphira? When most people read their story, they seem to think their sin was withholding money from God. But Peter makes it clear that they were free to do whatever they wanted with their money. Their true sin was lying to the Holy Spirit. In this challenging sermon, Pastor Chad shows us what true hypocrisy is and how Ananias and Saphira wanted the praise and approval of man.
Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, Jun 11, 2017
Duration:1 hr 6 mins 53 secs
Koinania is an interesting word in the Bible. It literally means, "Community, to have in common." It was the highest level of fellowship experienced by the early church. In Pt. 3 of Power & Persecution, Pastor Chad shows us how the early church were together in their fellowship, together in their testimony to the city and together in their generosity. Study with us the elements that made the early church dynamic and influential in their culture, and how the principles then are still relevant today.
Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, Jun 04, 2017
Duration:49 mins 19 secs
After Peter & John are threatened not to preach the gospel in public again, they immediately go to a prayer meeting. Thankfully Luke records in Acts 4 what was prayed and the results of their praying. In this sermon from the Power & Persecution Series, Pastor Chad Roberts walks us through verse by verse what an Early Church prayer gathering looked like and how we can experience the same power, grace and boldness given to these first century believers.
Acts:Power & Persecution
Sun, May 28, 2017
Duration:47 mins 17 secs
Are you bold in your faith? If not, take heart because neither was Peter. It was Peter who denied Jesus three times and it was Peter who walked away from the Garden of Gethsemane sorrowful. But something happened to Peter in Acts 2. He was filled with the Holy Spirit. It made all the difference with Peter. The same man who denied Jesus is now preaching the Gospel to all of Jerusalem in Acts 2 and 3. When we come to Chapter 4, Peter & John are arrested and the Bible says that they were filled with the Holy Spirit and with Boldness. Learn what a difference the Holy Spirit will make in your life and how He can enable you to become bolder in your faith.

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