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The Adventure Begins (Acts 1)

The Scripture Had to Be Fulfilled: Can We Still Believe the Bible?

Acts 1:15, 20 – May 10, 1998

It is sometimes asked why the early church grew so explosively. We know, for instance, that after Jesus ascended into heaven, approximately 120 men and women gathered in the upper room to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. While there were doubtless other disciples scattered across Israel, this tiny group represented the heart […]

How God Uses Bad People to Do His Will: Another Look at God’s Providence

Acts 1:15-26 – May 3, 1998

Two questions confront us as we consider the story of Judas: 1. Why did he do it? 2. Why did God allow it? Last week’s sermon dealt with the first question. We concluded that the Bible doesn’t give us a final answer regarding why Judas betrayed Jesus Christ. This week we’re looking at the other […]

Dice in the Prayer Meeting: Making Tough Decisions with God’s Help

Acts 1:21-26 – May 3, 1998

4 … 9 … 30 … 34 … 48 … 8. Do you know what those numbers mean? Frank and Shirley Capaci of Streamwood know because those numbers won them $104 million this week in the largest lottery in American history. On Tuesday and Wednesday millions of people in 20 states (including Indiana and Wisconsin) […]

What Happened to Judas? The Man Who Kissed the Door of Heaven But Went to Hell

Acts 1:15-26 – April 26, 1998

“Woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” Mark 14:21b “If you are not born again, the day will come when you will wish you had never been born at all.” Warren Wiersbe Perhaps the place to begin is at the […]

The Church on its Knees: Unleashing the Power of United Prayer

Acts 1:12-14 – April 19, 1998

“Prayer is that slender nerve that moves the muscles of omnipotence.” Charles Spurgeon I don’t often begin a sermon with a confession but this week it seems the appropriate thing to do. Over the years whenever I have prepared to preach on prayer, I have always approached my task with a bit of reluctance. It […]

This Same Jesus: The Blessed Hope of the Church

Acts 1:10-11 – April 5, 1998

“They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you […]

He Ascended Into Heaven: Why It Still Matters Today

Acts 1:9 – March 29, 1998

“After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.” Acts 1:9 This is one of the most remarkable statements in Holy Scripture. We call it the ascension of Christ into heaven. All the major creeds mention it and every Christian group believes it. There […]

From Oak Park to the Ends of the Earth: God’s Plan for Calvary Memorial Church

Acts 1:8 – March 22, 1998

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 Last week we talked about the first half of this verse. At the end of the sermon I asked each […]

You Will Be My Witnesses: God’s Job Description for Every Christian

Acts 1:8 – March 15, 1998

I first heard the question 27 years ago from my friend, Ben Wilkinson, a Presbyterian evangelist. He came to the First Presbyterian Church of Russellville, Alabama for a week of evangelistic meetings. During the mornings he trained a team of young people to share the gospel door to door. Although it will be hard for […]

Is It Time Yet? Don’t Forget the First Rule of the Spiritual Life

Acts 1:6-7 – March 8, 1998

So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.” Acts 1:6-7 A few days ago I happened to be in […]

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit: The Source of Our Power

Acts 1:4-5 – February 22, 1998

“I believe baptism in the Holy Ghost is exactly on the same plane as baptism in water—we never need to repeat it." W. H. Griffith Thomas   With this topic we venture deep into the waters of theological controversy. While those outside the church may have no knowledge of it, evangelical believers are deeply divided […]

In God’s Waiting Room: Lessons from the “Down Time” of Life

Acts 1:4 – February 15, 1998

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: ‘‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.” Acts 1:4 Have you ever heard of the American prayer? It goes this way: “Lord, give me patience, and I want it […]

Many Infallible Proofs: How We Know Christ Lives Today

Acts. 1:3 – February 8, 1998

“Without the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ the Christian faith would have been stillborn, for a living faith cannot survive a dead Savior.” Peter Lewis The time: 6:00 a.m. The place: A garden tomb. The date: Sunday, April 5, AD 33. In the early-morning hours a group of women walks quietly and slowly through the […]

40 Amazing Days: The Original Founders Week

Acts 1:1-3 – February 1, 1998

If you are a regular listener to Moody radio, you know that the annual Founder’s Week Bible Conference begins tomorrow night. What you may not know is that this historic conference started in the 1890s when D.L. Moody asked that the students at the Institute be dismissed from class on his birthday (February 5). after […]

The Adventure Begins: How Jesus Works Through Ordinary People

Acts 1:1 – January 25, 1998

Today we are beginning a brand-new sermon series from the book of Acts. I find myself excited as I think about this series because Acts is one of the most exciting books in the New Testament. It is also aptly named because Acts is preeminently the book of action. It is the story of how […]

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