Acts 5:17-42 Counted Worthy to Suffer for the Name

“We ought to obey God rather than men.”  What they are talking about is what is logically the requirement of people who are the creatures of the Lord God and who recognize His sovereignty in the affairs of men.  We must obey God rather than men.  They didn’t ask questions like, is this the wise […]

Posted on: July 11, 2013 - 7:46PM

Acts 4:32-5:16 The Danger of Dishonesty and A Healthy Fear of God

First of all, [this passage teaches us about] the seriousness of sin. You know, we live in a day and age even in the church – even in the church! – where we make light of sin. We joke about it, we dismiss it. You know, we’re Christians, we’re forgiven, we’re covered by the blood…. […]

Posted on: July 4, 2013 - 3:17PM

Acts 4:13-31 The Prayer for Boldness with the Gospel

Verse 29 contains the prayer of the petition. It expresses what the petitioners require – what they would be at, if they had their will. It is most interesting and instructive to mark what they really crave. Not a word of vengeance upon their enemies. In the recital they have clearly described the cruel injustice […]

Posted on: June 27, 2013 - 9:03PM

Acts 4:1-22 Peter and John’s Boldness to Share the Gospel

For there is an idea in the world that persons ought to be very religious on a Sunday, but it does not matter what they are on a Monday. How many pious preachers are there on a Sabbath-day, who are very impious preachers during the rest of the week! How many are there who come […]

Posted on: June 20, 2013 - 7:35PM

Acts 3 – Healing a Beggar and Peter’s 2nd Sermon

Peter gave to the cripple a gift more valuable than money. “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (3:6). Peter did not mean to intimate to the man who asked for alms that he had something […]

Posted on: June 13, 2013 - 10:57PM

Acts 2:42-47 The Effects of the Spirit on the Life of the Church

Let’s sum up some the elements of this early church life. ·  They focused a lot on the teaching of the apostles (which we have in the New Testament). ·  They experienced wonders and signs (which are still valid for the church today, I argued last spring, especially through the means of spiritual gifts). · […]

Posted on: June 6, 2013 - 9:05PM

Like Nathan

I’ve been wanting to write a post for a while on the necessity of vulnerability and authenticity in our accountability relationships as a part of the body at CLC.  I haven’t had time, but I came across this recently in my personal reading.  I think it is a good place to start – looking to […]

Posted on: June 4, 2013 - 4:11PM

Acts 2:14-41 Peter’s Sermon at Pentecost

The great God loved, and honoured, and exalted that same Jesus whom they had crucified. O my hearers, whatever you may think of the Lord Jesus, God thinks everything of him! To you he may be dead and buried, but God hath raised him from the dead. To God he is the ever-living, the ever […]

Posted on: May 30, 2013 - 10:18PM

Acts 2:1-13 The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit

The words of Jesus concerning the Holy Spirit seem to have made but little immediate impression upon His sorrowing disciples. Probably they were too full of trouble to comprehend their meaning, and too indifferent to consolation to care to understand. Love in tears is apt to be petulant. The suggestion of any possibility of compensation […]

Posted on: May 23, 2013 - 8:38PM

Acts 1:12-16 The Sovereignty of God and His Faithfulness to His Word

Notice first what Peter says in verse 16, “Brethren, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David, concerning Judas.” Now step back and look at the whole thing. In the middle of this paragraph (v. 20) there are two quotations from Scripture. One has to do […]

Posted on: May 16, 2013 - 10:35PM