Posts Tagged ‘Bible Survey’

Called, Given, Bound — Acts (Pt 3)

// May 5th, 2015 // No Comments » // Sermons

Tonight, we are finishing the book of Acts and we’re finishing it by looking at my favorite passage in Acts. I think it’s my favorite passage because you really get to see the heart of a pastor/elder. As you listen to this passage you can hear Paul’s heart and you can also see what Paul wants to convey to a group of church leaders.

Before I read this passage to you, I want you to understand some of the context. This speech is coming toward the end of Paul’s ministry and Paul knows that he will never see this group of elders again. So, he gives them his final words. As many of you know, or can imagine, you choose your “final words” very carefully–especially to those you’ve discipled and invested in for years. Paul has spent a lot of time with the elders from Ephesus. He was in Ephesus for a short time on his 2nd missionary journey, but then returned to Ephesus on his 3rd missionary journey for over 2 years (2 yrs and 3 months to be exact). So Paul knows these men very well. They have worked side by side in ministry. Now, he’s heading back to Jerusalem from his 3rd missionary journey and calls the Ephesian elders to meet with him. Here’s what he says: (more…)

Peter and the Gentiles — Acts (Part 2)

// April 22nd, 2015 // No Comments » // Sermons

I want to begin by explaining how we will be finishing up this sermon series at Ignite. Basically, we will wrap up with Acts and Revelation. Initially, I had planning on preaching four message through Acts, breaking the book into the geographical outline I mentioned a couple weeks ago–Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and the ends of the earth. That’s a pretty solid outline of the book of Acts. However, now we’ve scheduled a service night next week in order to help out an older couple from our congregation. That means I have one less sermon to preach on Acts. That left me chewing on how to split the book of Acts into two sermons. What’s the best way to split this book in two?

Eventually, I decided on splitting it between Peter’s ministry and Paul’s ministry. Interestingly enough, that splits the book of Acts in almost two equal sections. The first 13 chapters handle Peter’s ministry and the last 15 chapters deal with Paul’s ministry. (more…)

A Witness — Acts (Part 1)

// April 9th, 2015 // No Comments » // Sermons

We’ve worked our way through a large section of the bible. We’ve worked our way through the entire Old Testament, watching God’s people ride the roller coaster of faith. They are doing really well for a while, then they are doing really bad for a while, then they’re doing good again, and so on and so forth. Even today we still experience the ups and downs of following God. This is what it’s always been.

We’ve also watched how God has reacted to this roller coaster ride of His people. He has remained faithful to them even when they have been very unfaithful. We’ve watched God walking with these people very step of the way, making promises and fulfilling promises. We’ve heard how God promised the Messiah. We’ve heard how God promised to do something new when the Messiah came. We’ve also heard the fulfillment of that promise. We saw how Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of that promised Messiah. And we spent three weeks looking at his life and ministry, his death and resurrection. (more…)

He Set His Face Toward Jerusalem — Luke (Part 3)

// March 18th, 2015 // No Comments » // Sermons

The theme verse for the book of Luke comes in chapter nineteen. It says, For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10, ESV). I want to spend some time unpacking that verse.

This verse should cause you to ask two questions, at least. Who are the lost? and what do they need to be saved from? A number of you have grown up in church and feel you have the answers to these questions all figured out. You may already be tuning me out because you think you don’t need to pay attention to this part of the message. But, if you were asked the question, “Who are the lost? and what do they need to be saved from?” How would you answer it? Would you have an answer to give them? Do you realize that the majority of the people you run into on a daily basis have no idea they need to be saved? Have no idea they are lost? Most people wander through life clueless to the fact that they are lost and in need of a savior. (more…)

The Good Life — Luke (Part 2)

// March 11th, 2015 // No Comments » // Sermons

It’s always an interesting study for me when I take a look at Billboard’s Top 100 chart. On a semi-regular basis, I stop by their website and look at the lyrics of the top 10 songs. Sometimes I’m just looking to see what’s on there and other times I’m looking to see what these lyrics say about our culture–how our music is answering a certain question.

Today, I spent some time reading the lyrics of the top ten songs, asking the question, “What is the good life?” How do these songs answer that question? Most of the songs are painting some sort of picture of “the good life.” You may not see it that way, but that’s what they are doing. They want you to be drawn to the picture they are painting. They try to create a longing for something through both the lyrics and the music they are writing.

So, what did I find? Let me give you couple examples. While I’m reading them I want you asking yourself, “How are they asking the question, ‘What is the good life’?” (more…)

God Gives Perseverance — Ezra, Haggai, Zecahriah

// February 18th, 2015 // No Comments » // Sermons

The Youth Ministry Team of Ignite has recognized a regular pattern that occurs in life and ministry. We especially recognize this pattern following our various retreats. It’s typical to go off to a retreat, see God move in big ways, experience that “mountain top” experience, then come home. We’ve noticed that the coming home is the hardest part. Usually something happens that challenges our “mountain top” experience, or something that immediately grounds us to the reality of life. Sometimes it’s some physical thing. I remember after one retreat multiple leaders had flat tires or problems with something in their house. Other times we’ve experienced troubles in our jobs or encountered some form of financial difficulty. All things that can shake you. Not only do they bring you back to “reality,” they also can shake everything that we’ve just experienced. (more…)

Something New — Jeremiah

// January 28th, 2015 // No Comments » // Sermons

Last week we talked about the book of Kings. And I wanted to move the storyline farther tonight by looking at the book of Jeremiah. I could have chosen many different books to move the storyline further, but Jeremiah and I have been friends for a long time. I continually find myself turning to the book of Jeremiah for comfort and rebuke. Before I dive into the theme of the book, I want you to take a look at the first chapter. I think you’ll understand why Jeremiah and I are friends. Hopefully, this will become a new place for you to go for encouragement and rebuke. (more…)

Pride and Disobedience — 1 & 2 Kings

// January 21st, 2015 // No Comments » // Sermons

Have you ever met someone that constantly has you asking the question, “What’s it gonna take for you to get the picture?” It seems like there are certain people who never get it. They make mistake after mistake after mistake, falling further and further, and we can’t help but wonder how far they have to fall before they will get the picture–before something changes. Ever been there?

That’s the picture painted for us in 1 & 2 Kings. It’s an interesting book with some intriguing twists and turns. (more…)

Humility and Trust — 1 & 2 Samuel

// January 14th, 2015 // No Comments » // Sermons

After a long hiatus, God has brought us back together this Wednesday evening. It’s good. It feels good to be back with you guys. It feels good to be connected with you guys again.

Tonight we jump back on our journey through the Biblical story. We are working our way through the biblical story all the way from Genesis through Revelation. This series is different from any series that we’ve ever done before. It’s been a challenge for me to preach every week. Maybe it’s been a challenge for you to listen, focus, or pay attention every week. Yet, this is extremely important. There’s a reason I continue to plod along through the Biblical story. There’s a reason I haven’t scrapped the whole thing in order to do something that would be easier for myself, and maybe easier for you guys. (more…)

Unseen Hope — Judges/Ruth

// November 12th, 2014 // No Comments » // Sermons

In order for you to understand the book of Judges, I want you to think back to the darkest time in your life. A time in your life where everything seemed without hope. You found yourself in the metaphorical pit and it seemed like you were never going to get out. It seemed as though darkness was all around you. There was no light, not even a glimmer on the horizon. Maybe a relative died. Maybe your parents separated. Maybe there was a time when it seemed like the only thing you could do with your parents is fight. Maybe there was a time when you felt like you couldn’t fit in at school and felt all alone. Maybe it was a time when you were struggling to accomplish something, you were trying really hard, and then it failed. What has it been in your life? (more…)