2019-06-23: Acts: Life In The Spirit — How To Deal With Conviction

Sermon Audio: How To Deal With Conviction
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 2:36-41
Duration: 21:06
Size: 10.0 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
How To Deal With Conviction
Acts 2:36-41

As we take a look at how Peter’s listeners responded when they were faced with their own sin and guilt, we will see at least 3 steps that can apply to our own lives.

The sword of God’s word, when delivered in the power of the Holy Spirit can cut to the heart.

According to Peter, we need to repent, because God is the One who is disturbing us, convicting us, and making us see our need to get right with Him!

That is why we say His blood washes away our sins.

Luke’s references to the Holy Spirit usually include both the indwelling Spirit, whom we receive at salvation, and the empowering Spirit, whom we receive when we are filled with the Holy Spirit.

Get right! Get clean! Get filled! Folks, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit! We need to stay filled with the Holy Spirit!

2019-06-16: Acts: Life In The Spirit — Under The Influence

Sermon Audio: Under The Influence
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 2:14-36
Duration: 24:07
Size: 11.9 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
Under The Influence
Acts 2:14-36

Well, Peter was still under the influence of the Holy Spirit when he stood up to correct the allegation of drunkenness, and he preached the gospel to well over 3000 people at once.

Let’s look at three main elements from Peter’s sermon to find these answers.

If we don’t trust that God wants to give us what is best for us, then we won’t be very open to receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

The invitation is that of a loving Father, saying, “Come home. I love you and want to give you a life worth living.”

We need to stay in right relationship and close fellowship with Jesus, so the Holy Spirit can work through us.

Jesus is coming back to this earth to take His people to be with Him forever.

How many of you here today would say, “I really need more of the Holy Spirit in my life”?

2019-06-09: Acts: Life In The Spirit — Birthday of the Church

Sermon Audio: Birthday of the Church
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 2:1-13
Duration: 29:16
Size: 14.1 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
Birthday of the Church
Acts 2:1-13

Today on the Church calendar it is known as Pentecost which is the “Birth of the Church.”

If we look in the past, before this day in Acts chapter 2, we will find a different sort of Pentecost celebration.

Pentecost was a time of celebration where people would feast and be thankful for what God had already given them and for the provision He would provide in the future.

It seems that for these Christians celebrating Pentecost together, it would soon take on a whole new meaning for they would be witnesses and participants to the birth of the Church.

We find that the Spirit came and allowed those who were there to speak in tongues. What an amazing miracle for the beginning of the church!

This day of Pentecost was really just the beginning for the church and there was much to look forward to.

The Holy Spirit provides us the environment needed to have a personal relationship with God.

As a result of Pentecost Present, we have the Holy Spirit with us now in Pentecost Future.

2019-05-26: The Seven Words of Praise

Sermon Audio: The Seven Words of Praise
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Duration: 41:28
Size: 20.5 MB

The Seven Words of Praise

1. Yadah (00:00 – 6:04)
1. Yadah

2. Towdah (06:05 – 12:01)
2. Towdah

3. Halal (12:02 – 17:19)
3. Halal

4. Tehillah (17:20 – 24:25)
4. Tehillah

5. Zamar (24:26 – 28:43)
5. Zamar

6. Barak (28:44 – 34:28)
6. Barak

7. Shabach (34:29 – 39:21)
7. Shabach

Closing Notes (39:22 – 41:28)

2019-05-19: Acts: Life In The Spirit — Taking Care of Business

Sermon Audio: Taking Care of Business
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 1:15-26
Duration: 25:00
Size: 11.8 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
Taking Care of Business
Acts 1:15-26

Scripture may not give us an explicit example of every situation we might face, but the principles of love, mercy, justice, and humility will help us find what God wants us to do.

The Bible can be trusted! It was not man’s idea, but God’s idea!

Isn’t it amazing how Scripture all works together and agrees with itself?

God is not willing that anyone should perish or be separated from Him for eternity.

I hope nobody here thinks they are out of the reach of God’s grace.

God is described literally as “the Knower of Hearts.” God is the One who knows our hearts today.

The best thing we can do to find God’s will is pray. However, there also comes a point when we must step out in faith.