2020-01-26: Acts: Life In The Spirit — The Need-Meeting God

Sermon Audio: The Need-Meeting God
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 9:32-43
Duration: 28:31
Size: 13.7 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
The Need-Meeting God
Acts 9:32-43

God wants to reveal Himself to people by meeting the needs in their lives.

I. The Good News about Jesus Can Meet Physical Needs (Acts 9:32-34,36)
It is amazing who you might find when you are looking for needs to meet.

Sometimes there is no better way to show God’s love than to help meet someone’s need.

II. The Good News about Jesus Can Restore Life (Acts 9:36-41)
The Bible tells us that the devil came to destroy life, but Jesus came to give life.

III. The Good News about Jesus Can Change an Entire City (Acts 9:35,42)
If we believe it is possible for the good news about Jesus to change an entire city, then we must ask, “Why not our city?”

Not just anything, however; we need the power of God working in and through our lives!

The good news about Jesus is the only thing that can produce lasting change in our lives and in our community!

2020-01-19: Acts: Life In The Spirit — Growing in Christ

Sermon Audio: Growing in Christ
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 9:20-31
Duration: 23:06
Size: 11.1 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
Growing in Christ
Acts 9:20-31

Every person who receives Jesus as their forgiver and leader needs to keep on growing in their faith.

I. A Growing Christian Always Seeks to Know Who Jesus Is (Acts 9:20)
Paul’s goal was to stay as close to Jesus as he possibly could.

II. A Growing Christian Embraces the Growth Process (Acts 9:22-23a)
All of the training Paul had received under Gamaliel and others was part of God’s plan to shape Paul into the person he became.

We are not all called to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, or pastor teachers. However, we are all called to be witnesses for Jesus.

III. A Growing Christian Learns How to Handle Conflict (Acts 9:23-26,29)
We may never face the intense hatred or fearful rejection that Paul faced, but we all will probably have to endure some form of opposition.

So, don’t let conflict or opposition become an offense that spreads throughout your life and into the lives of others.

IV. A Growing Christian Learns to Rely on Fellow Believers (Acts 9:25,30)
However, if we were to look more closely, we would see that Jesus used other believers in his life to minister to him and give him wise counsel.

2020-01-12: Acts: Life In The Spirit — Arrested by Love

Sermon Audio: Arrested by Love
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 9:1-19
Duration: 23:11
Size: 11.2 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
Arrested by Love
Acts 9:1-19

Jesus wants to get a hold of our lives as well, and that is what I’d like to talk about today.

I. Busted!
Not only had he not been helping the God of Israel, but he had been persecuting His Messiah, Jesus.

Saul saw the light and was busted for fighting against Jesus and resisting His grace.

II. Arraigned!
So, when Jesus indicted Saul on multiple counts of Divine assault (persecuting Jesus by persecuting Christians), Saul begins to realize how far he has missed God.

III. Tried!
Until we call on the Lord, we are in the same place Saul was in: guilty of the death of Jesus!

IV. Sentenced!
Saul was not only sentenced to death, however. He is also sentenced to life in Christ’s service.

V. Restored!
The Lord breathed life into the soul of a man who had become hard and distant from God.

2020-01-05: Acts: Life In The Spirit — Following the Spirit’s Lead

Sermon Audio: Following the Spirit’s Lead
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 8:26-40
Duration: 20:39
Size: 10.4 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
Following the Spirit’s Lead
Acts 8:26-40

The more we learn to listen to the Holy Spirit; the more God will use us to help others come to know Him.

I. God Wants Believers to Go and Share the Good News
Much of the book of Acts finds believers doing just that: going out and telling people that God loves them and is offering them forgiveness and eternal life.

The biggest single reason newcomers give for coming to church is that someone invited them.

II. Sometimes God Leads Us on a Need-to-Know Basis
The angel didn’t tell him why he was supposed to go.
He just told him to get ready and go.

III. We Must Prepare Ourselves to Explain
God’s Word Clearly to Others Always be ready to explain it. That means we need to know God’s word.

IV. God Draws People to Himself through Our Obedience
As His followers told others about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, people from every tribe and nation would come to know Him.

2019-11-17: Acts: Life In The Spirit — The Heart of a Minister

Sermon Audio: The Heart of a Minister
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 8:14-25
Duration: 20:54
Size: 10.3 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
The Heart of a Minister
Acts 8:14-25

If our hearts are right with God, we have an active part in the ministry of God.

I. God’s Ministers Must not Exploit His Presence
Whenever we start to think that it’s all about us, then we are in danger of abusing God’s power and exploiting His presence.

Peter let him know that God’s power was not about having a right formula; rather, it was about having a right heart before God.

II. God’s Ministers Must Have Hearts that Are Right with Him
Also, just because somebody prays the prayer of repentance does not mean that all of the baggage from their past just disappears.

III. God’s Ministers Must Confront Their Bondage
If you continue trying to hide your bondage behind smiles and closed doors, then you will never find the freedom you long for.

IV. God’s Ministers Must Make Repentance a Way of Life
If we confess our sins, God will forgive us and make us clean.