The Word of the Cross

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 Two Views of the Message – foolishness or the power of God Inherent Conflict between God’s Wisdom & Man’s – due to man’s arrogance People Want Something More – Jews wanted signs, Gentiles wanted wisdom We Must Not Give Them More – the gospel is sufficient God Is Greater than Man […]

Preaching in Ephesus

Text: Acts 18:19-19:41 Interest in the Gospel (Acts 18:20; 19:10) Recognition of the Need for a Savior – John’s disciples, waiting for the Savior (Acts 19:1) Honest Hearers – Willing to change when presented with the truth (Acts 18:24-28; 19:1-7) Committed Disciples – Continued with Paul despite the opposition (Acts 19:9) Reasoned Preaching – Paul […]

Jesus – The Great Debater

Text: Luke 20 Four times in this chapter, Jesus silenced His opponents. Let’s notice how He was able to do this: Appealed to Divine Authority (v. 1-8) Provided Clear Explanations (v. 20-26) Avoided Speculation (v. 27-40) Directed People toward an Unavoidable Conclusion (v. 41-44; Matthew 22:41-46)

Eager Hearers

Text: Acts 17:11 What Is an Eager Hearer? More than just wanting to listen Readiness or willingness of mind – James 1:21 Preaching to Eager Hearers This is the audience the truth teacher wants The false teacher cannot face the scrutiny of eager hearers What Do Eager Hearers Make? Disciples – Acts 17:12 Unity – […]

Amos the Herdsman

Amos was not popular – 5:10 He rebuked sin – 2:6-9; 4:1 He threatened their comfort – 6:1 He spoke of judgment and punishment – 7:7-9 Amos was not a prophet – 7:14 A prophet in the sense that he prophesied – 7:15 But he was not supported by men to be a prophet – […]

The Great Commission

Text: Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus Has All Authority – “All authority has been given to Me” The Gospel is for All – “make disciples of all the nations” The Role of Baptism – “baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” The Necessity of Obedience – “teaching them to […]

Not Ashamed of the Gospel

Text: Romans 1:16 Why would some be ashamed of the gospel? It’s different – Acts 17:32; 26:24 It appears foolish – 1 Corinthians 1:18 It condemns sin – John 16:8 It’s old-fashioned – Jude 3 Preaching without shame Preach the whole counsel – Acts 20:27 Preach with boldness/plainness – 2 Corinthians 3:12 Preach without changing […]