God chooses and uses the weak things of this world to accomplish supernatural results in ministry. I think we need to emphasize “supernatural,” because there can also be “worldly” results in the church. Numbers. Programs. Energy. Fame. And so we look for leaders like Saul. Big. Impressive. Powerful. But God’s model for a leader would … Continue reading Unschooled, Ordinary Men
This is the final message in our Advent series. In case you missed it, you may listen here, on iTunes or on Creekstone's audio player.
Paul’s First Missionary Journey (Acts 13:4–14:26) A.D. 46–47 Barnabas and Paul first visited Barnabas’s home region of Cyprus before sailing to the southern region of Asia Minor. When they reached Perga in Pamphylia, John Mark left the group and returned to Jerusalem. Making their way to Antioch (in Pisidia), Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe, Paul and … Continue reading A Survey of Paul’s Missionary Journeys (with Maps)
Sunday, July 21, 2013 • Listen here —> A People Portfolio: Investing in Primary Relationships Main idea: Many of us are committed to investing for our financial futures with diversified stock portfolios. But what about our people portfolios? Jesus teaches us that an even more significant and longer lasting investment is in our primary relationships … Continue reading A People Portfolio: Investing in My Primary Relationships • Mark 3:14-14 & Acts 4:13 (Sermon)
Sunday, June 2, 2013 • Listen here —> Come and Get It • Acts 13:42-48 Main idea: Spiritual health requires spiritual nourishment. If we want to grow in faith and fruitfulness, we need ongoing, consistent, truth-saturated, grace-flavored teaching. We need to hear the gospel over and over and over. Listening guide: A famished congregation (vv. … Continue reading Come and Get It • Acts 13:42-48 (sermon)
This Sunday as we look at Acts 12:1-19 we are going to see something that I think will be super-encouraging for all of us as we deal with God's power to break even the strongest chains of the things that bind and imprison our hearts, whether fears, insecurities, resentments, regrets or addictions. What if this … Continue reading My Chains are Gone!
May 19, 2013 • Listen here —> Can You Hear Me Now? Acts 11:1-18 Discussion questions: What are the litmus tests that I tend to use to determine whether someone is a genuine disciple of Jesus? Why does my flesh resist salvation by sheer grace? How is repentance the great equalizer? How does the cross … Continue reading Can You Hear Me Now? • Acts 11:1-18 (sermon)
"I'm so out of touch." That is my conclusion after talking to my seventeen-year-old daughter about music. But that's okay. I'm fine with my acoustic folk CDs and classic rock collection from the 70s and 80s. So, I can live with being a bit out of touch with 2013 pop music. I will all be … Continue reading Am I Out of Touch?
"What happened?" That is the question everyone was asking about a man named Saul. He had been the most impassioned persecutor of the church. But now, he had become the most passionate preacher in the church. Today, we know him as the Apostle Paul. This angry man become kind. He went from being hateful to … Continue reading What Happened?
Every Christian will face the fire. That's what Paul said in 1 Timothy 3:12, declaring, "“All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." All? Really? This means that what fire is to a fireman, persecution is to a disciple of Jesus. Persecution is in the believer's job description. This … Continue reading Are You Prepared to Face the Fire?
April 28, 2013 - Listen here—> An Everybody Church • Acts 6:1-7 The Big Idea: “The growing pain remedy is _________________ ministry.” A Listening Guide: Growth problems are _________________ problems. Many hands make any load _________________. A “church plant” provides a unique opportunity for _________________ to get in the game. The result of team/every member … Continue reading “An Everybody Church” • Acts 6:1-7 (sermon)
This Sunday we continue The Revolution series in Acts by looking at chapter 4:32-5:11, a passage that teaches us how my view of and use of money and possessions is a primary indicator of what I love the most. Or as Jesus said, "Where your treasure is, there your heart is also." What we are … Continue reading Does My Checking Account Contradict My Profession of Faith?
April 14, 2013 • Listen here: I Pledge Allegiance (Acts 4:1-31) How does the idea of pledging allegiance to Jesus alter my concept of “being a Christian?” What key factors presented in this passage enable me to maintain allegiance to Jesus when that allegiance is tested? Is it possible to have an uncompromising faith without … Continue reading I Pledge Allegiance • Acts 4:1-31 (Sermon)
Below are the notes on Acts 4:1-31 from the ESV Study Bible. I hope this will give you a head start in preparing for this Sunday's message: Acts 4:1 The captain of the temple was second in rank to the high priest. The Sadducees may have accepted only the Pentateuch as Scripture; they also denied … Continue reading Text Notes for This Sunday’s Message in Acts 4:1-31
April 7, 2013 • Listen Here –> When I Confess Freely, God Forgives Fully • Acts 3.11-26 (Revolution Series) How do you tend to react when confronted with or accused of an offense? Why is genuine repentance so hard? What is it about me that resists uncovering and owning my sin? How does repentance differ … Continue reading “When I Confess Freely, God Forgives Fully” • Acts 3:11-26 (Sermon)
This Sunday during our study in Acts 3:1-10, we'll see God do the impossible in the life of a lame man. But we are all lame in some capacity, aren't we? We all have areas of our lives that seem impossible to change? Sometimes we feel helpless and hopeless. But what if God helps the … Continue reading What if God were to do the impossible in your life?
Martyn Lloyd-Jones, reflecting on the unique sense of joy that was exhibited by the early Christians in Jerusalem in Acts 2, says, “I am certain that the world outside is not going to pay much attention to all the organized efforts of the Christian church. The one thing she will pay attention to is a … Continue reading Joyless or Joyful: What Makes the Difference?
March 10, 2013 • The Contagious Church, Part 4: Interdependent Relationships/The Need for Community • Acts 2:46 (Revolution Series) Astonishing Commitments Ongoing Challenges Pressing Considerations Is there any event that you just “hate to miss?” What is it about that event that is so compelling? What if a church were that way? Can you imagine … Continue reading The Contagious Church, Part 4: Interdependent Relationships/The Need for Community • Acts 2:46 (Revolution Series)
March 3, 2013 • The Contagious Church, Part 3: Racial Love • Acts 2:44-45 (Revolution Series) Listen here: The Contagious Church, Part 4: Radical Love • Acts 2.44-45 Racial Love Revealed Radical Love Resisted Racial Love Recharged Discuss: Why is the story about the generous police officer so powerful? Share a story about how you were … Continue reading A Contagious Church, Part 3: Radical Love • Acts 2:44-45
This is the Creekstone message from Sunday, Feb. 17, Complete Devotion, the first of six messages in our Revolution mini-series, The Contagious Church. Listen here: The Contagious Church, Part 1: Complete Devotion - Acts 2:42 Here are questions for personal reflection and/or group discussion: Of the four devotions, which one do you think is foundational, … Continue reading The Contagious Church, Part 1: Complete Devotion • Acts 2:42
AS WE APPROACH Acts 2:42-47 in our series, The Revolution, we are going to pop up our tents and camp here a while—for six weeks to be precise. The reason for this "extended stay" is that these verses provide a clear snap shot of a contagious (in a good sense!) church—a community whose influence was … Continue reading A Six-Week Camping Trip in Acts 2:42-47
This is the Creekstone message from Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Listen here: Rags to Riches • Acts 2.22-41 What is significant about the fact that the gospel is news rather than instruction; that it is history, rather than legend, fable or myth? C.S. Lewis, in God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics, says, “Christianity, … Continue reading Rags to Riches: the Gospel Story • Acts 2:22-41 (audio with discussion questions)
If you want to get ahead and prepare for tomorrow's message, it will be be from Acts 2:22-41. What we are going to discover is that the gospel story is a rags to riches story that challenges, inspires and transforms those who are absorbed into it. 22“Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth … Continue reading Passage for Tomorrow’s Message
This is the audio of our latest message in our Revolution series, entitled, A New Day Dawns, from Acts 2:1-21. Listen here: A New Day Dawns • Acts 2.1-21 Here are some discussion questions: What do you think the “Spirit-filled” life should look and feel like today? What factors can cause the gospel to go viral through … Continue reading A New Day Dawns • Acts 2:1-21