These sermons were preached in Limerick, Ireland, during the year of 2011
1. Christ in the Book of Acts
"The New Testament church rallied around Jesus Christ. He was the centre of their Christian life and activity. He was their preoccupation. He was their life. Therefore they wanted to know nothing save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Those early believers did not want to know anything, preach anything, teach anything, or express anything, save Jesus Christ."
3. The Church in the Book of Acts
"To know the history of this early church from AD 30-63 is to be given a vision, example and pattern for today. That Church was Spirit birthed, Spirit filled and Spirit guided. The Church was indwelt, empowered and led by the Holy Spirit...The purpose of the church as the body of Christ is to be the vehicle of expression for Christ. Christ is now to be expressed through the church, in the same manner He was expressed through the body Mary gave Him. We are the body of Christ. Every local assembly should be a total representation of Christ."
"The only strategy, method and tactic of the Early Church was the power, guidance, direction and control of the Holy Spirit. True evangelism is working in cooperation with the Holy Spirit to complete the body of Christ. We must return to this simple method again...This book records the first 33 years of evangelisation, of soul-winning work, and missionary endeavour. This commission is not a secondary thing but the primary to the whole book. This was the vision of the Church. This was the goal of the Church."
"Luke’s two works make up ¼ of the NT, or more accurately 27% of the NT. But less is known of Luke than maybe any other NT writers (Jude, James). Not once does he mention himself by name in his writings. It is Paul the apostle who mentions him three times in three different letters...Luke was a Gentile believer. This makes him the only Gentile writer of Scripture. In Luke we see Gods plan and purpose of turning from the Jew to the Gentile with the Gospel...We see his humility, his simplicity, his ability, his compassion, his concern, his passion, his burden, and lastly we see his faithfulness."
12. Leadership in the Book of Acts (Pt.1)
13. Leadership in the Book of Acts (Pt.2)
14. Prayer in the Book of Acts
2. The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts
"The coming and ministry of the Holy Spirit did and does not replace the focus upon Christ. He, the Holy Spirit, is given the task of bringing the Redemption of Christ personally to lost souls and then making those individuals witnesses to the resurrection. Christ is the head of the Church but the Holy Spirit is the life of the Church. His whole ministry is to bring us to conformity to Jesus Christ. The one theme and message of the Holy Spirit is Christ. Christ is the focus and object of every revelation of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit never usurps the place of Christ as supreme in the Church, but represents Him perfectly in the Church."
"Christian fellowship is birthed out of fellowship with Jesus Christ; Acts 1 proceeds 33 years of Church History – all the preaching, soul-winning, church-planting and missionary activity had its source and foundation in quality fellowship with the risen Christ in ch.1...The Holy Spirit will blow through every relationship, testing and proving it. Let me ask you, what is the motive behind our relationships, friendships and fellowship? Is it to glorify God or promote ourselves? To draw to Christ or draw to ourselves? What is the foundation of our fellowship with those who make up the church – the body of Christ?"
"The word “holy”(hagios) is used more times in the Book of Acts than in the four Gospel’s put together. Most times when it is used it is in connection with the Holy Spirit. In this message we will deal with Galatians 2 and Acts 15. In both these chapters the same people are involved, at the same place as well as over the same issue...In the Book of Acts we see a Holy Christ, a Holy Spirit and a Holy Church."