Messages on Acts of the Apostles

Messages on Acts of the Apostles

Pentecost 2022

Acts 2:1-21 is the scripture for today. It describes the birth of the church as the Holy Spirit was unleashed among the disciples. It was a day when tongues of flame appeared and real languages unknown to the speakers were spoken attesting to the risen Christ. The story of Pentecost is the story of the beginning of the Church. It’s a story that we will investigate over the next few weeks as we look at being the church in a…

Opened the Heart

On May 24, 1738, John Wesley reluctantly attended a meeting of Christians on Aldersgate Street in London. While the leader was reading from Luther’s Preface to the Book of Romans, Wesley experienced a feeling of utter joy and contentment about salvation. He referred to this moment as his heart was “strangely warmed.” Our texts this morning: Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 2:10, 22-22:5; and John 14:23-29 speak in their own way about opening our hearts to the message and calling…

What God Called Clean

It’s the 5th Sunday of Easter. Our scriptures are:Revelation 21:1-6Psalm 148John 13:31-35Acts 11:1-18 Peter sees a vision of animals that his faith considers “unclean” and he is forbidden to have anything contact with these animals. Yet, a voice commands him to “kill and eat.” But Peter, being the good religious follower that he is, says that “nothing unclean will touch my lips.” And the voice replies, “What God has called clean, you must not call profane.” Now, we can enjoy…

Get Up!

It’s Mother’s Day. We celebrate not only the mother’s in our congregation, but the mothering figures that we have all known and experienced through the years. The African proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child” is true. It takes all of us working together be the change that our world needs. Our scriptures on this 4th Sunday of Easter are:Revelation 7:9-17Psalm 23John 10:22-30Acts 9:36-43 Join us as Pastor Wayne talks about community and how our community connections are…

Who Are You Lord?

Welcome to the third Sunday of Easter. We continue our series “We Are Witnesses” which looks at what it means to be a witness to the love of Christ in our calling to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our scriptures today are:Revelation 5:11-14Psalm 30John 21:1-19Acts 9:1-20 The focus scripture this week is Acts 9:1-20. It tells the story of Saul of Tarsus and his moment on the road to Damascus and helps us to…

We Are Witnesses

What does it mean to be a witness? That is the question asked in today’s sermon. This second Sunday of Easter typically brings up “doubting Thomas.” But was Thomas truly a doubter? He was the first to declare that Jesus was God and he is credited with taking the Good News to the Indian sub continent. 

Spirit Poured Out

Winds howling and whooshing, flames descending and alighting, what did it mean then? What does it mean now? How does this act empower the church today? Join us as we explore Pentecost.

Pentecost 2020

“Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting, They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them (Acts 2:2-3, Common English Bible).” This is how Luke describes the event of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit to the Disciples in a dramatic and powerful way. That scene, 50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus, was the spark that enabled, emboldened,…

Stop Looking, Start Living

Scripture: Acts 1:1-11. On the 40th day after the Resurrection, Jesus gathered with his disciples, commissioned them for service to the world, and ordered them to wait for the arrival of the Holy Spirit to guide and direct them. This morning, we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord as we hear the angels ask “why do you stand looking up toward heaven?” The Ascension is the event that prepares us for Pentecost and the unleashing of the Holy Spirit. We…

Let the Church Be The Church

Join us as Pastor Wayne shares about the 2019 Holston Annual Conference held at Lake Junaluska June 9-12.  He teaches about the Church being the Church as found in Acts 2:36-47. (Apologies for the audio quality. We are working to fix this soon.)
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