Acts

Sermons based on readings from the Book of Acts

A Sermon for the Day of Pentecost (05/06/22): When We Cry “Abba, Father!”

Acts 2:1-21 / Romans 8:14-17 When we cry, “Abba, Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God. What does the Spirit do? This seems to be the most appropriate question to ask on the one Sunday in the year when all our attention is focussed on …

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A Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (15/05/22): Who are we that we should hinder God.

Acts 11:1-18 The disciples in Jerusalem, James, John, Andrew, Philipp and more, are the leadership of the beginning-Church. They knew that certain things were meant to be a certain way. Some things are just the way they are intended to be. Even though they had had their world turned upside down, even though they had …

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A Sermon for Pentecost Sunday (23/05/21): The Holy Spirit and Hope for the Future

The Holy Spirit and Hope for the FutureActs 2:1-21, Romans 8:22-27 Suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were …

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A Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (02/05/21): Unlikely Eunuch Improbable Philipp

Unlikely Eunuch, Improbable Philpp Acts 8:26-40 The Bible is full of improbable stories. Especially, there are stories of God bringing about unlikely outcomes from unpromising beginnings. We could make a long list of them: A child being born to Abraham and Sarah, when he was 100 and she was 90; The children of Israel delivered …

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A Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (25/04/21): Corpus Delicti

 Corpus Delicti Acts 4:5-12 “Corpus delicti” is a Latin legal term. Translated is means, “The body of the crime.” It is the evidence that proves that a crime has been committed, which is necessary before anyone can be convicted of that crime. In the case of a murder, of course, that body of evidence is literally a …

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A Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter (18/04/21): Peter Preaches

  Peter Preaches Acts 3:12-19 The book of Acts contains a collection of early sermons preached by the apostles in the weeks and years following Jesus’ resurrection. Luke recalls, for later Christians, what the first Church proclaimed. He records for us what those first Christians announced to the world. We are given the first public testimony to Christ …

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A Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter (11/04/21): Responding to the Resurrection

  Responding to the Resurrection Acts 4:32-35 Luke reports the aftermath of the first Easter, he tells us: With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Everything that follows in the Church’s history and in the lives of all the Christians begins with this and is build on …

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A Sermon for Pentecost (31/05/20): Pentecost – A Day of Miracles

Pentecost – A Day of Miracles Acts 2:1-21  The day of Pentecost is a day of miracles! The Holy Spirit creates a disturbance. The first most obvious miracle. The one we’re most likely to notice, the one we tend to pay most attention to, is the disturbance which the Holy Spirit creates.  Suddenly from heaven there …

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A Sermon for the Sunday in Ascensiontide (24/05/20): Not Doing Nothing – Waiting

Not doing nothing – Waiting  Acts 1:6-14  “Men of Galilee why stand there looking up into the sky? This Jesus who was taken from you up to heaven will come again in the same way as you have seen him go.”   There’s an odd pause in the Church year. We reach the climax (which we …

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A Sermon for Sixth Sunday of Easter (17/05/20): Making the Unknown God Known

Making the Unknown God Known Acts 17:17-31 Athens is the most challenging place Paul has ever preached. He has been brought here, having left Thessalonica in a hurry. There his preaching had found considerable success in the synagogue and among those Greeks who were already attracted to the God of Israel. But his success had …

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