Witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Beyond
Beginning in Fall of 2013 the sermons focused on the book of Acts. The book of Acts is the second of two books written by Luke. The Gospel of Luke tells the first part of history of Jesus’ life, works and teachings, “all Jesus began to do and teach”(Acts 1:1). The book of Acts continues the story of what Jesus did through the early church. The full title of the book is The Acts of the Apostles, but it could also be called The Acts of the Holy Spirit. The Book of Acts is a real history written to describe how the ascended Lord Jesus continued to advance His kingdom through the growth and expansion of His Spirit-empowered church.
The main structure of the book is given in Chapter 1 when Luke record Jesus’ words to the disciples before his ascension into heaven,
“…You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
The book of Acts begins with the proclamation of the gospel in Jerusalem, follows the apostles as they’re sent out to Judea and Samaria, and then describes the missionary journeys of Paul, Barnabas & others as the gospel goes forth to the broader Roman world.
This sermon series will pick up with the story in chapter 16 of Acts, as the gospel goes forth to the broader world. In 2007, Pastor Don Willeman and others preached a series on “The Message of the Mission” focusing on chapters 8 through 15 of Acts. These sermons are available for listening or download in the Acts Series Category. Chapters 1 through 7 of Acts were preached on in 2005 and can also be found in the above category link.
If you have missed any sermons in this series, you can download the audio from our Sermons Page.