ACCESS vs TULIP | Acts 13:48b

May 9, 2021
Lifelong Southern Baptists grew up memorizing John 3:16 as the most important truth in Scripture. We were taught at least three truths. One: God loves everybody; Two: Jesus died for everybody: and three: anybody, anywhere can be saved. I later learned that there exists a circle of Christians who do not hold to John 3:16 as I had been taught. They do not believe that God loves everyone. Neither do they believe that Jesus died for everyone, nor do they believe that anyone and everyone can be saved. Are they right? Are those who taught me wrong? How do we know which teaching is correct? Can we be sure? Ready yourself. The answer is just ahead.

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down | Acts 13:44-48a

The synagogue leaders at Pisidian Antioch not only rejected the gospel, they also repudiated the gospel. How did Paul handle that repudiation? How would you handle it? Further, these same leaders attacked the gospel with round after round of blasphemy. What does that mean, and is blasphemy a serious sin in the 21st century? Finally, what made the Jews so special that Paul felt it necessary to speak to them first? Weren’t the non-Jews just as important?

Attempt Great Things for God & Expect Great Things from God | Acts 13:1-3

How would you characterize the leaders of your church? Are they prophets and teachers? And how do they lead? Do they lead in ministering to the Lord? Do they lead in prayer and fasting? Is your church vibrant and dynamic? Can that actually happen? It happened in the church at Antioch and they changed the world. Here’s the good news: it can happen at the church you attend as well.

Politics as Usual | Acts 12:18-25

Someone contacted me recently disturbed about many of the events currently taking place in our nation. I could hear the despair in this person’s voice, even fear. Then a very pertinent question popped up in our conversation: What are we supposed to do now? The answer just may be found in this message: “Politics as Usual.” Check it out.

The Church’s Most Effective Weapon | Acts 12:1-5, 13-16

How do you solve an unsolvable problem? According to Acts 12, collective, fervent prayer moves the heart of God who then moves mountains! The church comes together and seeks the interjection of God into whatever the dilemma happens to be, and God interjects Himself in whatever way He chooses. Praying personally is essential, but praying collectively is an imperative that most churches miss, thus missing the miraculous display of God’s power. What about your church?

Going Public with the Gospel | Acts 11:19-26

There is a sent-ness about Christianity that is built into its philosophical framework, an urgency that is inherent to its design, as well as a dispatch that cannot be denied, even when the secular side of us would like to deny it and even run from it.  Christianity is energized by an unapologetic break-out mentality.  Our founder made that utterly clear:  Just as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.  (Before listening to this message, you may want to print out the corresponding map that has been posted for your convenience.)

The Force Will Be with You | Acts 11:1-18

In Acts 11:16 Peter said: I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, “John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Do you know how powerful, how magnificent, how incalculable this is? Peter is saying to the whole world that if anyone wants to be the dwelling place of “the Force” they can! The Holy Spirit who was prophesied by Joel, promised by Jesus and sent by the Father will inhabit your life. The Holy Spirit, who is God in us, will inhabit your life and turn you every which way but loose!

Here’s Your Sign | Acts 10:1-48/2:4b-13

Acts 2:4 says: They . . . began to speak with different tongues, as the Spirit was giving them the ability to speak out. This seems to be a rather strange phenomenon, doesn’t it, but what does it mean? This is the question asked by the people on the street that day in Jerusalem who witnessed the hubbub. So, what does it mean and how does it apply to life in the 21st century?