Recent sermon from our Youth Group Retreat at Letourneau Christian Center. Looking at Acts 4 we gain insight into the Apostles’ sources for their boldness. We too need the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and a community of believers if we are to be effective for the Lord. Listen up and may the Lord use us for His glory!
Speaker: Kaynenn Parker Continue reading Acts 4 and Evangelism: Sermon by Kaynenn Parker
A Key Theme in Acts
The book of Acts is one-hundred percent dependent on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Jesus died on the cross, but did not rise from the dead, there would be no “Acts of the Apostles.” In fact, there would be no Christianity.
Acts begins with the resurrected Lord giving his disciples final instructions and explaining to them their responsibility to be witnesses to the world of what they had seen (Acts 1:6-8). What was the chief thing concerning which they were called to be witnesses? Peter answers that question as the disciples began the process of finding a replacement for Judas, when he says that the new apostle “must become with us a witness to [Christ’s] resurrection” (Acts 1:22). The message the apostles were to proclaim was the message of the resurrected Christ, and every major sermon given by the apostles in Acts contains that message. Continue reading The Resurrection of Christ in Acts and Its Pastoral Implications
How and when the Holy Spirit enters a believer has been the focus of much debate in recent years. With the rise of the charismatic movement, much more supposed phenomenal activity has taken place in churches, being attributed to the Holy Spirit. There has been the rise of practices such as being “slain in the Spirit,” which is found nowhere in Scriptures. Being led or filled with the Spirit has taken on various new meanings, far different from bearing fruit. Continue reading Is Spirit Baptism at Conversion or Later?
In our Church culture we tend to delay baptism for far too long. I personally was baptized 5 months after my conversion. I have seen as long as a few years after one getting saved that they are finally baptized. Churches have a tendency to hold “Baptism Classes” for believers new and seasoned. Those classes, spanning a few week period, go over the doctrine of baptism in order to assure the baptizees know why they are going through with it. After completing this long course, the believers then set a baptism date a few Sundays away. I have seen discipleship material, which is otherwise excellent, with weekly lessons about the basics of the faith, and the last chapter is on baptism. At the end of the chapter is a section to set a date for your baptism. I remember regarding one Bible College (a Baptist one!) that, within their Statement of Faith, under “Baptism” it stated that one should wait until they show fruit, just to make sure their conversion is genuine.
May I say boldly that this is not the way it is supposed to be. In the New Testament baptism was performed immediately after one was saved. There was no probation period. There was no “Bi-Monthly Baptism Service”. The natural bend was not to doubt one’s conversion until they show enough fruit to prove they are genuinely saved. Rather, it is a mandate that all who are saved be baptized. Let us survey the book of Acts and see what the practice of the apostles was. Let us glean all we can from these accounts, and revolutionize the way our churches go about obeying this command. Continue reading When Should a New Christian Be Baptized?