Sermons on Acts

No Other Name

The disciples were not men of influence, power, wealth, or education. Still, eleven of the twelve went on to change the world. How was this possible? Their enemies recognized the answer . . . they had been with Jesus, and He had changed them. Join us for the final installment of What’s in a Name? where we learn the only name that will ever matter and why that name is everything we need. Passage: Acts 3-4 Principle: When it is…

Making Waves

It has been over 2,000 years since the earthly ministry of Jesus, and yet, He is still the single most well-known individual in human history. The enormous ripple effects of His life, death, and resurrection have washed over successive generations and have expanded across the planet. Join us for the final message in Ripple Effects where we explore how Jesus’ followers can continue to make waves for generations to come. Passage (read it): Acts 8:26-40 Principle (know it): Sharing my…

A Sign of Belonging

Initiation rites are a part of many organizations and institutions. For example, a wedding is a kind of initiation rite into marriage. People joining sororities or fraternities often participate in a selection and initiation process known as “rush.” Every president of the United States has stood with his hand on a Bible and sworn an oath of office that signifies his initiation into the presidency. Join us for part three of Ripple Effects to learn how baptism is a sign…

Our Response to the City

When the Apostle Paul went to Athens, he was entering one of the largest most influential cities of his time. As he looked around that impressive city, his heart was broken by the lostness of the people. But believing God had called him there to share the gospel, Paul engaged the philosophers and city leaders, challenging their world view and inviting them to rethink their concept of God. As our own city grows and changes, we must ask ourselves if we are prepared to approach Jacksonville the way Paul approached Athens. We…

The End of the Beginning

When asked if the end of World War II was near, Winston Churchill famously replied, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” As we conclude our look at the life of the Apostle Paul and our Journey through the book of Acts, join Pastor Gary Webber as we consider how the unfinished story of Acts 28 invites us to continue Christ’s mission to…

Shipwrecked

Just when you think it can’t get any worse… it usually does! The question is, how do you prepare for the unthinkable? The time to make preparations for a storm is when the weather is still calm. The time to prepare a ship for an emergency at sea is while it is still tied to the pier. Join us for a look at Acts 27 where Paul faces the perfect storm and shows how faith in Jesus can prepare us…

Tried

Have you ever felt like you were on trial? Maybe you actually were in a court of law or maybe it was just an intense conversation with a person asking really hard questions. The Apostle Paul was frequently brought before officials and interrogated about his faith in Jesus and his activities sharing that faith throughout the Roman empire. On each occasion, Paul took the opportunity to share the good news about Jesus Christ. In a threatening environment, when some would…

Arrested!

Depending on how you count it, the Apostle Paul was arrested, tried and imprisoned anywhere between 3 to 5 times. Paul’s determination in the face of opposition is remarkable. Where did Paul gain the strength to endure so much persecution and suffering and what does his example teach us today? Join us for part eleven of Journey to the Ends of the Earth, as we consider what it means to be captive to the call of Christ. While we were…

What the Holy Spirit Asks of You

Oftentimes, we ask the Lord for guidance when we have already made our own itinerary. We pack what we believe is important, set our own expectations, and establish our personal measures for success. In part ten of Journey to the Center of the Earth we look at what things we must set aside to truly embrace God’s direction as we cling to the essentials. And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to…

Culture Clash

In Part nine of Journey to the Ends of the Earth, we consider how believers today should challenge modern cultural idols while maintaining a personal faith built on the truth of Jesus Christ.

A Woman, a Slave, and a Gentile

As a good Jew, Paul woke up every morning and prayed a traditional Hebrew prayer that went something like this, “God I thank you that you have not made me a Gentile, a slave, or a woman…” Ironically, the first three converts in the city of Philippi were, a wealthy woman, a poor slave girl, and a gentile prison guard. Join us for Part Six of Journey to the ends of the Earth, where Pastor Gary explores how the Gospel blows…

Finishing Well and Passing the Baton

Paul was not only a prolific church planter and evangelist, he invested deeply in the lives of younger men whom he would put in charge as pastors of the churches he was planting. The church in America is facing a crisis of leadership. Only three out of ten pastors will “finish well,” meaning that seven will wither burn out or fail out of ministry prior to retirement age. Clearly, we need individuals like Paul who will invest in young leaders…