Sermon Archives

Pastor Hamilton
November 24, 2013

Portrait of a Martyr, part 3

Portrait of a Martyr, part 3

Stephen’s death did not mean he failed in his mission, but that God was about to use another servant to further gospel work.

November 10, 2013

Strengthened by Grace

Strengthened by Grace

Instead of being weakened by corrupting influences around it, the local church should be “strengthened by grace.”

November 3, 2013

Portrait of a Martyr, part 2

Portrait of a Martyr, part 2
October 20, 2013

Portrait of a Martyr, part 1

Portrait of a Martyr, part 1

Great men are not those who receive honor by dignitaries or who accomplish historical feats in life. Truly great people are humble servants who do not count their lives dear unto themselves.

October 13, 2013

Eliminating Distractions

Eliminating Distractions

A church moves forward as each member sees their opportunity to serve Christ and does so with a humble faithfulness. Taking care of the widows was not unimportant, but it could be used by the enemy to pull the apostles away from what they were told to do— “be my witnesses in all Judea and […]

October 6, 2013

Answered Prayer

Answered Prayer

After the first sign of persecution, the believers met to pray as one to the one true Ruler (4:24). The thing they prayed for was not God’s vengeance, but for the opportunity to “continue to speak.” God delivers and protects not so that we can go silent, but so that we can proclaim widely (5:30–32).  

September 22, 2013

Faith Proclaimed in All the World

Faith Proclaimed in All the World

What God provides must be received by faith. What is received by faith must be announced in faithfulness. Only as this gospel is proclaimed and the Lord opens the eyes of the lost are people converted. The power is not in our presentation, but in our Savior.

September 15, 2013

The Real Deal

The Real Deal

Satan not only tried to attack with threats from outside the church, but from corruption from within. Persecution could scatter a community of believers, but wrong teaching or values could fracture an assembly. The purity of the church is important to God.

September 8, 2013

Right Response to Wrong Treatment

Right Response to Wrong Treatment

When persecuted, the church gathers with the company of saints (v. 23) and gives thanks to the God who is working through it all (vv. 24–31).

September 1, 2013

The Ugly Side of Religious Unbelief

The Ugly Side of Religious Unbelief

The greatest opposition you will face in giving the gospel may not be from secular sources, but from those who are devoted to a dead religion. This chapter tells Christ’s body what they can expect and how they are to respond.

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