2020-08-09: Acts: Life In The Spirit — Living Like a Christ Follower

Sermon Audio: Living Like a Christ Follower
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 19:8-12
Duration: 19:14
Size: 13.2 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
Living Like a Christ Follower
Acts 19:8-12

Due to a recording issue, audio used here was taken from the live stream.

A Christ follower is someone who has asked Jesus to become their forgiver and leader.

I. Christ Followers Learn to Be Boldly Persuasive with the Good News (Acts 19:8)
Stay in the word, and stay filled with the Spirit.

II. Christ Followers May Need to Redirect their Ministry Efforts (Acts 19:9a)
We may face times when we need to reevaluate our direction.

III. Christ Followers Learn to Utilize their Surroundings to Spread God’s Word (Acts 19:9b-10)
We often talk about how important it is to simply live a Christian life and let people see Jesus in us.

What can you do to more effectively spread the good news about Jesus?

IV. Christ Followers Can Be Used to Do Extraordinary Miracles (Acts 19:11-12)
Take the authority God has given you (just as Jesus gave His disciples authority over evil spirits), and be all that He wants you to be as you minister for Him.

2020-08-02: Acts: Life In The Spirit — God’s Great Desires for the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Sermon Audio: God’s Great Desires for the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 19:1-7
Duration: 22:03
Size: 15.1 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
God’s Great Desires for the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Acts 19:1-7

“And there is only one way to Heaven. It’s Jesus Christ!”

1. That’s why God wants us to comprehend His gospel.
What we don’t know can hurt us, for all eternity. So, we must have a basic understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

2. God wants us to communicate His gospel.
No one has ever been saved without the working of the Holy Spirit in their heart.

The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Godhead who gives us the new spiritual birth of eternal life.

3. God wants us to put confidence in His gospel.
When those disciples of John the Baptist heard the good news about Jesus, they “believed on Him.”

4. God wants us to have confirmation of His gospel.
Every time we see Christians speak in tongues in the Book of Acts, it is to give confirmation of the good news about Jesus Christ.

Speaking in tongues in Acts 2 gave confirmation that the good news had arrived.

Here God gave confirmation that the good news was for all men, both Jews and Gentiles.

God confirmed the gospel to them, and He confirms His good news to all believers.

They are drawn to a church when they see people within that church genuinely caring for one another.

2020-07-26: Acts: Life In The Spirit — Four Great Goals For Christian Growth

Sermon Audio: Four Great Goals For Christian Growth
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 18:22-28
Duration: 23:41
Size: 16.2 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
Four Great Goals For Christian Growth
Acts 18:22-28

“Even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.”

1. The first goal is be available.
Apollos had a lot going for him. He was a great speaker. He was an expert in the Old Testament. He was very committed and courageous. But apparently, he wasn’t saved.

In spite of all of his gifts and knowledge, Apollos hadn’t heard the Gospel, so he needed the most important help of all.

In fact, that’s one of God’s great goals for our lives, because He wants to do amazing things in us and through us.

2. So be available. — And be teachable.
God wants us to be teachable. We can never get to the point where we know everything. We never know so much that we can’t learn more.

But thankfully, Apollos had an open heart. He was teachable, and we need to be teachable too.

3. Be teachable. — And be dependable.
We expect loyalty and reliability from things and other people. Isn’t it reasonable then that God just might expect the same from us?

4. So be dependable. — And be flammable.
We need to see people the way Jesus sees them, and feel what He feels about them.

Only God knows how many more souls have been saved because that daddy’s heart was on fire. And we need the same kind of burning in our hearts.

2020-07-19: Acts: Life In The Spirit — Promoting The Purposes of God

Sermon Audio: Promoting The Purposes of God
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 18:12-21
Duration: 21:05
Size: 14.4 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
Promoting The Purposes of God
Acts 18:12-21

As individual believers who belong to God’s family, we must make God’s will the most important pursuit of our lives.

I. God’s Purposes Are Sometimes Furthered by Unlikely People (Acts 18:12-17)
Gallio was one of those people–not in the sense of being a follower of Christ, but in the sense of being used by God to protect Paul from harm.

Bottom line: God kept Paul safe for the time and furthered His own purposes through unlikely people like Gallio and a mob of Greek thugs.

II. God’s Purposes Are Advanced through Personal Commitment (Acts 18:18)
If we choose to make a vow to God to express our thankfulness, that is great–as long as we are prepared to fulfill what we promise.

You are the one who will choose what kind of commitment you need to make to get closer to God and allow Him to work through your life.

III. God’s Purposes Give Direction to True Christ-Followers (Acts 18:19-21)
Following God’s will is the one thing that will keep you on the right track.

Are God’s purposes being fulfilled in your life? Evangelism… Discipleship… Fellowship… Worship… Ministry…

2020-07-12: Acts: Life In The Spirit — Together We Win

Sermon Audio: Together We Win
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 18:1-11
Duration: 24:37
Size: 16.9 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
Together We Win
Acts 18:1-11

If we will follow Christ together, we can win in the life struggles we face.

I. Being Together Helps Us Conquer Loneliness (Acts 18:1-2)
We are not alone, so it is imperative that we don’t live like we are! I need you! You need me. We all need each other.

II. Working Together Helps Bring Provision (Acts 18:3)
So, work is a good thing. It allows us to take responsibility for our own provision and can provide us opportunity to get to know others we are working with.

III. Ministering Together Helps Us Exceed Our Limitations (Acts 18:4-8)
We all have some form of ministry that complements the overall effort of God’s kingdom to reach people in need.

We have mental barriers that keep us from accomplishing all we are capable of with God’s help.

IV. Trusting Together Helps Us Overcome Our Fears (Acts 18:9-11)
The greatest weapon we have against fear is the knowledge that God is with us!

So, God is with us, and His people are all around us. We do not have to live in fear, but we can boldly share the good news about Jesus with others!