Sermons on Acts

“Living in the Shadows”

Acts 5:12-20 {Prayer}             Being scared is one of our most natural instincts.  We are typically scared of what we don’t know.   Shadows can represent this fear as we wonder what is lurking within them, what is out there, what is making them.  In addition to not knowing, the power of our imaginations can make…

“Stuck in the Middle”

Acts 1:1-11 {Prayer}             To quote a well-known commercial … “How do you eat an Oreo cookie?”             I know, that sounds pretty random, but you should know by now that my mind sometimes comes up with some weird ideas.  As I was reading through our text from Acts 1, as well as some other…

God Is Great

Acts 17:16-34 “God Is Great”             {Prayer}             Mysteries … everyone joys a good mystery every now and then right?  There is something about a mystery, something about trying to figure out the unknown which draws people in.  How is this story going to end?  How is this movie going to end?  Who did it? …

Nothing Gonna Stop Us

Acts 16:31 (ESV)31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”             I came across an illustration I want to share with you this morning and no, it has nothing to do with 1987 song by Starship or the movie Mannequin.  I know some of you when you saw…

Is Prayer a Good Idea?”

Acts 2:42 The Fellowship of the Believers 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Dear Friends in Christ, Even though I took some time off a little over a month ago, after hearing my sermon title for today, you may very well be thinking that perhaps…

Answering More of the Big Questions of Life

Acts 4:12 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Dear Friends in Christ, What would it take for you to give up your Bible?  What would have to happen for you to relinquish it to an enemy that…

The Uncommon Characteristics of an Uncommon Church

Acts 2:37-47 37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy…

God’s Yes

Acts 10:34-43 34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You…

The Church That Makes a Difference

Acts 2:16-18 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 “‘In the last days, God says,     I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy,     your young men will see visions,     your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women,     I will…

Trouble: A Required Course

Readings: Acts 15:12-21; James 1:1-4, 12-18; Matthew 13:54-58 Family and Friends of Salem Lutheran Church, We have begun another school year.  Children, youth, and some adults are back to school.  They are studying.  What they are studying depends on their courses.  One course that should be taken by every Christian is: “Trouble.”  That’s why I…