Sermons by Andy Bratton (Page 2)
Sermon Scripture: Acts 10 Sermon Big Idea: The Bible is full of lines drawn that God’s people are not supposed to cross. Jesus redrew the lines but not by changing the message of the Gospel. Acts 10:1-8 The first vision was an affirmation that Cornelius’ prayers were being heard. Acts 10:9-33 The second vision was for Peter, the leader of the church, to open his eyes to a broader audience. Acts 10:34-48 The third vision is God’s vision for all How COVID has affected us
Sermon Big Idea: When it seems as though God is on the run, He is accomplishing what He set out to do. Acts 8:1-3 Sometimes it takes an ending to create a beginning. Acts 8:4-25 The church was scattered, but so was the Gospel. Magic had people amazed, the Gospel had people saved. Acts 8:26-40 The Gospel shared with one was the Gospel shared with a nation. Acts 1:8 The witnesses were on the move by the power of the How COVID has affected us
Sermon Scripture: Acts 6:8-7:60 Sermon Big Idea: Surrendering your life to Jesus means surrendering it ALL. Hebrews 11:35b-40 Acts 6:8-9 Being full of the Holy Spirit doesn’t take you off Satan’s radar. Acts 6:10-15 When people’s beliefs are threatened, they go a long way to defend. Stephen used familiar stories to defend Jesus. Acts 7:51-53 Acts 7:54-60 Many stories like Stephen’s end in tragedy, but the fight goes on. Stories of martyrdom give us a whole new perspective on the How COVID has affected us
Acts 6:1-7 Sermon Big Idea: While many things need to be addressed in the church, some need to take center stage. Mark 8:15-21 Acts 6:1-7 The church needs servants Those who will serve – 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 Those who will lead servants – 1 Timothy 3:8-13 The church needs elders To pray, study, and teach To Shepherd the flock – 1 Peter 5:1-3 To be examples – Titus 1:5, 1 Timothy 3:1-7 The church needs organization God organized his people How COVID has affected us
Acts 5 Sermon Big Idea: If something is “of God,” you can’t stop it nor do you want to be the person or people trying to stop it. Ananias and Sapphira tried to deceive God. Acts 4:36-37 Matthew 19:16-22 Proverbs 1:7 Even in fear, many received Jesus. Acts 2:47 2 Corinthians 3:2 A new separation The religious leaders wanted to be relieved of Jesus. Ephesians 6:12 We can’t deceive God or defeat God. We can fight Him or follow Him.
Acts 3:1-4:22 Sermon Big Idea: When great things happen, praise God. When moved by the Spirit, proclaim the Gospel. When persecution for the sake of Jesus comes, trust God. Acts 3:11-26 Acts 4:8-12 Acts 4:19-20 When great things happen, praise God. Psalm 150 When God brings a crowd, proclaim the Gospel. When persecution comes, listen to God. James 1:2-4 Matthew 5:11-12 Being unleashed is taking every opportunity to praise Him and proclaim Him, even when persecuted because of Him.
Sermon Scripture: Acts 2 Sermon Big Idea: The Holy Spirit is a harvester of souls. We are filled with the Holy Spirit when we receive Jesus. Mark 4:3-9,13 Leviticus 23:15-16,21 At a celebration of harvest… Acts 2:1-13 the Holy Spirit sprouted. Acts 2:14-36 the Holy Spirit scattered new seed. Acts 2:37-41 the Holy Spirit harvested souls. Acts 2:42-47 the Holy Spirit tilled more soil. Leviticus 23:22 Acts 2:38 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Hebrews 4:12 The power and presence of the Holy How COVID has affected us
Sermon Scripture: Acts 1:12-26 Sermon Big Idea: We need to place those in leadership who will lead us in the direction of God. And we need to be followers who will be faithful to the cause. Acts 1:12-14 Jesus’ followers stuck together. 2 sam 15:30 Prophecy, prayer, hope, victory Zech 14:4 Luke 22:39 Acts 1:15-22 A leader emerged to inspire and organize their actions. Matthew 27:3-10 Ps 69:25, 109:8 Acts 1:23-26 THE leader was called upon to direct them. As How COVID has affected us
Sermon Scripture: Acts 1:1-11 Sermon Big Idea: Do you have enough proof that Jesus is alive? At some point we have to stop being in awe and get to work. Luke 24:38-43 Acts 1:1-3 The disciples were still looking for proof. Acts 1:4-5 Jesus gave them one more instruction for proof. Luke 3:16 John 16:7-11 John 16:12-15 Acts 1:6-8 Jesus sent the disciples to be proof of Him to the world. Matthew 28:18-20 Acts 1:9-11 The angels wanted to know How COVID has affected us
What is your source of hope? How do you respond when that hope is fulfilled? Luke 2:21-24 Genesis 17:12 Exodus 13:1-2 Leviticus 12:1-8 Numbers 18:15-16 Jesus was raised as a Jewish boy by poor Jewish parents. Luke 2:25-26 John 14:16 Simeon was waiting and hoping. Luke 2:27-32 Isaiah 52:10 Psalm 98:1-3 Simeon responded to his hope fulfilled with a declaration. Luke 2:33-35 Simeon prophesied a harsh reality. Luke 2:36-38 1 Timothy 5:5 Anna gave thanks and shared with those of How COVID has affected us