2020-09-20: Acts: Life In The Spirit — How To Be A Healthy Church

Sermon Audio: How To Be A Healthy Church
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 20:28-38
Duration: 22:02
Size: 15.1 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
How To Be A Healthy Church
Acts 20:28-38

If God’s people are growing in spiritual health, then His church will be a healthy church.

I. Watch Out! (Acts 20:28-31)
We are all accountable to each other and to God. So, we need to watch each others backs and help others see danger before it harms them.

II. Work Hard! (Acts 20:32-34)
No matter how hard we work and try to make things happen, at the end of the day, it is God’s grace that brings the results that we need.

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want” or lack.
He gives me everything I need.

It is biblical to support the work of the Lord in tithes and offerings. Certainly, as a good steward, you should be aware of how that money is used.

III. Be Generous (Acts 20:35-38)
Stinginess is completely out of step with God’s character. God so loved that He gave…. No strings attached.

2020-09-13: Acts: Life In The Spirit — Living With No Regrets

Sermon Audio: Living With No Regrets
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 20:13-27
Duration: 23:58
Size: 16.4 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
Living With No Regrets
Acts 20:13-27

You can have a life with no regrets as you faithfully serve Jesus from this day forward.

I. Right Living Leads to a Life with No Regrets (Acts 20:17-21)
We make choices every day. Some of these choices affect how close we will stay to the Lord and some of our decisions impact the spiritual lives of others.

If we make it our aim to honor God in all we do, and trust Him to help us, then we are on our way to living a life with no regrets.

II. Committed Living Helps Produce a Life with No Regrets (Acts 20:22-24)
Anything that brings you or someone else closer to God and to carrying out His purposes–those are the things that you will never regret.

III. A Clear Conscience Follows a Life with No Regrets (Acts 20:25-27)
Has He placed a burden on your heart or blessed you with a gift that He wants you to use for Him? Certainly, this goes along with right living and being committed to God and His purpose for your life.

The chapter that God wants to write in your life is one called No Regrets! Are you willing to make this declaration today?

    1. From this day forward, I will trust God to help me live right!
    2. From this day forward, I will commit myself to honoring God through love and obedience.
    3. From this day forward, I will seek to live with a clear conscience, knowing that Christ has forgiven me, and that I am doing all I can to follow Him.

2020-08-30: Acts: Life In The Spirit — Dynamics of Effective Discipleship

Sermon Audio: Dynamics of Effective Discipleship
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 20:1-12
Duration: 21:53
Size: 15.0 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
Dynamics of Effective Discipleship
Acts 20:1-12

As the disciples followed Jesus, they learned by watching Him, listening to Him, imitating Him, making mistakes, studying the Scriptures in light of His instruction, asking questions, and so on.

I. Effective Discipleship Is Marked by a Positive Team Approach (Acts 20:1-6)
Let’s focus for a moment on Paul’s model of discipleship. As was his custom, he got together with the disciples at Ephesus and encouraged them.

We also need to realize that we can be much more effective at being and making disciples if we will get together as a team and encourage one another.

II. Effective Discipleship Is Marked by a Sense of Spiritual Community (Acts 20:7)
They realized that they needed one another and they needed the ministry that would take place as they interacted together.

III. Effective Discipleship Calls for a Complete Trust in God (Acts 20:8-12)
He just ran down and embraced the young man, and with complete and total confidence in God, he offered reassurance to those around him that everything was okay.

The more you know Jesus, the more reason you will have to trust Him in every area of your life.

2020-08-23: Acts: Life In The Spirit — Marks of a Spiritual Person

Sermon Audio: Marks of a Spiritual Person
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 19:21-41
Duration: 24:12
Size: 16.6 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
Marks of a Spiritual Person
Acts 19:21-41

Spiritual people are followers of Christ who bring life and hope to those around them.

I. Spiritual People Are Motivated to Encourage Christ’s Church (Acts 19:21-22)
It was the Holy Spirit who gave him direction and motivation to visit and strengthen the churches scattered all across the region and beyond.

Encouragement! We all need it, and we all can give it away to others.

II. Spiritual People Make Truth-in-Love the Bottom Line (Acts 19:23-27)
So, the Way is exclusive. It is not just another path; Jesus is the path to God.

However, because Paul loved Jesus and people, he made the truth about Jesus the bottom line.

III. Spiritual People Can Overcome Intimidation from the Enemy (Acts 19:28-41)
Satan’s greatest tactics are things like confusion, fear, and intimidation.

We can overcome intimidation if we will submit ourselves to God and allow His grace to work in us. The love that God has for us is the perfect antidote for fear and intimidation.