Sermons on Acts 20

Sermons on Acts 20

A Charge to Church Leaders, Part 2

When our oldest son, Alexander, was about seven months old Kimberly and I decided to adventure out on a date night to a Texas Rangers baseball game. At this point we didn’t have a regular baby sitter so we called a teenager in our church to see if she was available. Her mother had recommended her to us. We were thankful when she accepted the job. The night arrived and we kissed our little boy farewell as we entrusted our…

A Charge to Church Leaders, Part 1

The message I bring to you specifically focuses on church leaders. This is the audience that Paul addresses in Acts 20. Paul gives counsel and encouragement to the elders at the church in Ephesus on this last retreat that he will ever have with them. Paul has enjoyed a deep friendship with these men as he lived among them for years; loving them through his service, his sacrifice, and his teaching. These men are now given the sacred duty of…

Spiritual Role Models, Part 2

For many years the California coast town of Monterey was a pelican’s paradise. As the fishermen cleaned their fish they threw off the leftover parts and they fed these pelicans. The birds, from these gifts of these fishermen, grew fat, lazy, and contented. Eventually, the leftovers of the fish were utilized; they were able to make some product out of them so there were no longer snacks to throw to the pelicans. When this change came, the pelicans, who were…

Spiritual Role Models, Part 1

Years ago in a Nike commercial, Charles Barkley declared, “I am not a role model.” With this commercial Barkley set ablaze a controversy among sports enthusiasts in regards to a question that is still burning: should athletes be viewed as role models? Barkley argued that kids should look up to moms and dads, teachers, and such. He further declared, “I am not a role model. I am a professional basketball player. I am paid to wreak havoc on the court.…

What Is a Church to Do?

Paul is still on his third missionary but this begins a new section in a sense that from here on out Paul is moving toward Jerusalem and then on to Rome. That is the focus and the last eight chapters of Acts will detail that journey from Ephesus to Jerusalem to Rome. We see a bit of that journey in these verses. What is a church to do? This question is pondered by many church leaders today as the fear…