Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

Hear Feel Do – Acts 2:37-38

| September 13, 2017

I saw a t-shirt with the slogan “Hear Feel Do – John 4:23-34”. Not sure that is the best verse for that slogan. Acts 2:37-38 fits perfectly though: “And when they heard this, they were pricked in their hearts and asked, what must we do? Peter said, ‘Repent and be baptized, everyone of you in […]

Acts 17:1 – An Eugenics Program

| February 13, 2017

Each church needs a eugenics program. Properly defined, eugenics is, “the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. Developed largely by Francis Galton as a method of improving the human race, it fell into disfavor only after the perversion of its doctrines by the Nazis.” […]

The New Exodus – Acts 2

| February 3, 2017

Jewish tradition states the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 took place on the same calendar day as God came down on Sinai to deliver the Law to Israel. Historically then in order: 1) the Israelites “plundered” the Egyptians; 2) The Israelites crossed the Red Sea; 3) The Israelites received the Law. When we come […]

Acts 4:13 – Preaching Credentials

| December 7, 2016

I got denounced on a forum as a “self-styled scholar.” I have learned to some that others can’t be intelligent unless they cite others for making their point. I love education and would never denounce someone with or without formal degrees. Recently I heard a man cry in his prayer, which meant more to me […]

Acts 8:4 – Levels of Acceptance

| June 30, 2016

Levels of Acceptance – Years ago I read a study on the three levels of accepting truth: Intellectual, Personal, Universal. When a sinner studies baptism and accepts the truth, the first stage is intellectual. Unfortunately we all have seen sinners stop there. They know baptism is when we accept God’s grace, but they will not […]

Acts 2:27 – Is Jesus’ Burial Important?

| March 25, 2016

Can what we believe doctrinally change what we believe is the gospel? Recently I read the gospel is defined as the “deity, death, and resurrection of Jesus.” Notice anything missing? Unlike Paul’s description of the gospel (1 Cor.15:4), this gentleman (and rightfully respected scholar) left out Jesus’ burial. Many treat it as superfluous, and I […]

Acts 1:1-11 – Chiasm

| January 28, 2016

Acts 1:1-11 (NASB) A – RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION (1) The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach (2) until the day when He was taken up (analambanō) to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. (3) To these […]

Acts 13:4-12

| January 26, 2016

Paul called Elymas the “son of the Devil.” No doubt he deserved this new name because he was a sorcerer, full of all deceit and all fraud, and an enemy of righteousness who perverted the straight paths of Jesus. And maybe because Elymas wasn’t living worthy of his other name – Barjesus. That means “Son […]

Acts 1:8 – Geographic and Spiritual Advancement

| January 16, 2016

The gospel progresses in Acts in succession to Jews (Hebraic, Hellenistic, Proselytes), Samaritans, and finally to Gentiles (Acts 1:8). This is more than just geographic advances; this shows an advance spiritually with whom they were willing to fellowship in Christ – those far off (Acts 2:39-40). From the comfortable and religiously righteous (Hebraic Jews); to […]

Acts 6:10-7:60 – The Wisdom of Stephen

| January 8, 2016

The sermon begins in chapter 7, but the set up begins in chapter 6. One point to emphasize is that the detractors could not “compete” with Stephen’s wisdom, and the Spirit by which he spoke (6.10). Looking at the text, we have combined together the wisdom of a good and godly man with the inspiration […]