This sermon is the Deacon Ordination sermon for Eric Bertolotti, Brandon Granger, Randy Mallard, and Jason Pratt. As we consider the office of Deacon, we look to Christ as the perfect example of how to serve. Following His example, we willingly take up the lowliest of positions in order to see Him glorified in the church. As Deacons serve with this heart, practical needs are met, and the ministry of the Word and prayer continues unimpeded.
In this sermon, Dr. Don Whitney discusses the essential marks of true, biblical revival taken from Acts, chapter two. In this sermon, he shares that the evidences of true revival reveal God’s might, place a renewed emphasis on Christ, are accompanied by dramatic results, and result in sacrificial devotion to God.
Last week, we focused on Acts 2:42-43a, digging into the corporate means of grace, which are our means of growth and nourishment in Christ. As believers, we are called to engage with Him, to know Him, and to abide with Him through these means. This morning, we pick up with verses 43 through 47 to examine the normal activities of the local church. The six things we are going to look are the natural results of Christ’s work of redemption in His people.
In our Day and Age, Church Vision Statements are typically crafted as supplements to Scripture designed to generate excitement with new activity. Here at Morningview, our Vision is set upon the risen Christ, and we believe Scripture defines very clearly for us how we are to serve Him. For our Vision 2020, we are grounding ourselves in the description of the first Christian church in Acts 2:42-43. Faithfulness to these Corporate Means of Grace, in our particular context, is the foundation of how Morningview Baptist will move forward in service to Christ.
In this message, Dr. Sills shares with us that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be faithful to the Great Commission, and that the scope of that commission is to all believers, for all the peoples of the world. The power we have received is the power to overcome sin, proclaim the truth, and resist the devil. The scope of our commission is not just about going to obey, but being faithful to obey wherever God has placed us. Jesus left us this commission not just to stand and look up, but to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth.
The Bible reveals certain activities by which the church receives God’s graces in Christ through the Holy Spirit. This sermon discusses the nature of those activities are and how they are ‘means of grace’ to believers who participate in the life of the church