Sermon Series : Acts of the Apostles

Sermon Series : Acts of the Apostles

The book of Acts recounts the inauguration and the first steps of the Church. The risen Christ is with God and, as promised, believers receive the Holy Spirit who supports them in the proclamation of the Gospel, first in Jerusalem, in Judea and then to the ends of the earth. This progression is given by Jesus himself (Acts chapter 1, verse 8) and serves as a reading grid for the book.

The difficulty of the book of Acts lies in understanding what is specific to the inaugural, spectacular side and what is the normality of the current Church. But ultimately it’s quite simple, just look in the words of Jesus and the texts of the epistles what is normative for all times.

The sermon series is given by pastor Patrice Berger. sermons are translated from the originl French version. Bible verses link to the American Standard Version (ASV).

Acts #15: God is sovereign over all life (Acts 12); Patrice Berger

Summary: We do not attack believers and therefore Christ with impunity. We do not take ourselves for God without realizing it; Herod Agrippa experiences this. At the same time, we point to the total sovereignty of God over all life, allowing the murder of one apostle and doing everything possible to save the other. It is the same today and it is good to wonder about the meaning, the purpose of life and as well as our rights.

Patrice Berger : 2022_11_16 ;

Acts #14: The Gospel for the Gentiles is more than a right, a purpose; it is expansion (Acts 11); Patrice Berger

Summary: Obviously, the event experienced between Peter and Cornelius requires explanations from the first believers who quickly understand the fulfillment of God's promises. This stage with the pagans is not an end in itself, but marks the inauguration of the expansion of the Gospel, particularly in Antioch. This text is precious to know if there are still in store other events of importance in the history of revelation.

Patrice Berger : 2022_11_13 ;

Acts #13: The same gospel for all, through Christ the one Savior (Acts 9); Patrice Berger

Summary: The Gospel is no longer just a Jewish story; Acts 10 marks the formalization of its reality among the pagans. God shows His providence (combining events to bring to light His will) and He also shows how He prepares hearts for salvation and for His work. This text sheds light on the understanding of receiving the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues in the book of Acts and also on God's attention to monetary gifts (are they meritorious for salvation?).

Patrice Berger : 2022_11_12 ;

Acts #12: Immensity of God’s Grace: It is up to us to carry it (Acts 9); Patrice Berger

Summary: Never put a limit on the grace of God. Saul was as fanatical and fundamentalist as someone from the Gestapo or the Islamic State and yet Jesus stops him, offers him His grace so that he himself may bear this grace in Christ. But ultimately what is divine grace? Certainly not a second chance to continue one's life, but for an orientation of life turned towards the author of all grace: Christ. In this, like Saul, Ananias and Barnabas, let us be believers in Christ who seize the ball on the rebound when God sends it to us to be reflections of His grace.

Patrice Berger : 2022_11_11 ;

Acts #11: Be guided by God (Acts 8); Stefan Schmid

Summary: The second passage that speaks to us about Philip in the book of Acts is precious for knowing how to let God guide you by: – obeying what He tells us (even if humanly we don't understand everything); – being attentive to the situation that God has so well prepared to go straight to the point (here presenting the gospel). – Attention, time is limited! For Philip, the window was less than a day. So, let's not waste God's opportunities!

Stefan Schmid : 2022_11_10 ;

Acts #10: Believing in Christ: The effects of the Gospel (Acts 8 ); Patrice Berger

Summary: The gospel arrives and it is accepted among the Samaritans (who were hated at that time by the Jews). The gospel is for everyone. A man is like these new believers but his heart is not Christ's. He believes in the effects of the gospel, miracles, Holy Spirit which he wants to acquire with money. The gospel is not something more, but a metamorphosis of our lives given to Christ. Acts 8 is an interesting text talking about evoking the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Patrice Berger : 2022_11_10 ;

Acts #9: Through Jesus, the uselessness of all religious systems (Acts 6); Patrice Berger

Summary: Through Jesus, uselessness of religious laws, holy places and "holy persons" to be made favorable to God. Constraints, virtuous efforts, pilgrimages, objects of devotion, appeals or prayers to emblematic religious figures are therefore useless. For is God contained in a place, object or matter. Amulet, lucky charm, idol or domestic temple are useless (it's even the opposite, these practices belong to the underworld). Reflections on animism and pantheism and the idolatry of the majority of religions.

Patrice Berger : 2022_11_05 ;

Acts #8: Service and responsibilities in the Church (Acts 6); Patrice Berger

Summary : After the difficulties coming from the outside, it is from the inside that come the tensions which could stop the diffusion of the gospel to make social or divide the church by ethnic groups. The new community delegates reliable gospel-level assistants to supervise social work. These people are often recognized as the “prototypes” of what deacons will be like.

Patrice Berger : 2022_11_04 ;

Acts #7: Can we really stop spreading the Gospel? (Acts 5); Patrice Berger

Summary: From the beginning of the Gospel, its opponents have attacked Jesus, the apostles and believers and now the message has come to us. God therefore watches over the propagation of the Gospel even if believers sometimes pay a heavy price. This text gives clues on the normality of miracles. Should this be a habit for believers in Christ? It also questions the believer's obedience to the authorities, how far?

Patrice Berger : 2022_11_03 ;

Acts #6: No duplicity in the Church. Acts 4:32-5:11 (Acts 4); Patrice Berger

Summary: The Church of Christ is not a religion that suits me where I look good in front of believers while being completely different, far from their gaze. The life of the disciple of Christ is identical in private and in public. God points this out in an obvious and tragic way so that no one adopts hypocrisy. Jesus was transparent, true throughout his life, so the Church of his disciples must do the same.

Patrice Berger : 2022_11_02 ;

Acts #5: None other than Jesus. Acts chapter 4

If one seeks to be reconciled with God, there is no one other than Jesus to do so. He is the only one who fulfills all the preparatory promises of God made centuries ago.

Patrice Berger : 2022_11_01 ;

Acts #4: Continuation in the Same Spirit as Jesus (Acts 3); Patrice Berger

What is happening here is a reminder of the healing done by Jesus in the Gospels. Impossible This healing aspect is impossible on the plane of human reasoning. The healing of someone born lame from birth. Who through Jesus Christ immediately walks again. It is humanly impossible, especially, when we see the rehabilitation time needed when one has  partial or complete paralysis.

Patrice Berger : 2022_10_29 ;

Acts #3: God keeps his promise: He gives the Holy Spirit to the followers of Christ. Acts chapter 2

John 16 / 7 However, I tell you the truth: it is better for you that I leave. Indeed, if I do not leave, the defender will not come to you; but, if I go away, I will send it to you What we will see in this chapter 2 is that God keeps a promise.

Patrice Berger : 2022_10_28 ;

Acts #2: The Secret of the Embryonic Church: Unity and Prayer (Acts 1v12-26) (Acts 1); Patrice Berger

The Acts of the Holy Spirit His common presence to the disciples of Christ is a novelty in history. I have a question. Methodology 1. Lying Are you struck dead when you lie to a church leader? 2. flame of fire At the time of your conversion to Christ, did a flame of fire position itself above your head? 3. speaking in tongues At that time, did you begin to speak particularly difficult languages ​​perfectly (Swiss German or Romanesh)?

Patrice Berger : 2022_10_28 ;

Acts #1: Even without Jesus on earth, his work extends throughout the world Acts 1 v1-11

The Acts of the Holy Spirit His common presence to the disciples of Christ is a novelty in history. I have a question. Methodology 1. Lying Are you struck dead when you lie to a church leader? 2. flame of fire At the time of your conversion to Christ, did a flame of fire position itself above your head? 3. speaking in tongues At that time, did you begin to speak particularly difficult languages ​​perfectly (Swiss German or Romanesh)?

Patrice Berger : 2022_10_27 ;