God in Every Nation
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God in Every Nation

Sermon Notes

  1. (1-4) Pentecost shows us how our successful proclamations of faith can feel inexplicable to us and yet it be undeniable that God gives the words with which to explain. 

  2. (5-6) It is God who equips his people and it is God who enables the breakthroughs that lead to an understanding of faith.

  3. (7-10) God’s grace is irresistible; it can overcome any border. However, this does not mean that anything goes. Rather, the grace of God is held accountable by the presence of God.

  4. (11-13) God is available in all places, to all people. Some let god’s availability transform them, while some will explain away the phenomenon…Accepting God’s call is your call.

Acts 2:1-13


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When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

Ross Judy
God on Every Road
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God on Every Road

Sermon Notes

  1. (6-8) At times, God’s will is revealed with a roadblock and we are directed to serve elsewhere

  2. (9-11) Even when one of us feels called to a particular ministry, God expects of us to use the input and support of a discerning community

  3. (12-14) If your plans are redirected then know that God is still at work. Be patient; consider the whole picture and look to see what God has brought together.

  4. (15-16) God is always good, always with us, whose every action is justified, who is the creator of all things and whose love is overflowing! Yet all too often we hold shortsighted expectations of our great God.

Acts 16:6-15


Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

11 From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. 12 From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.

13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.

Ross Judy
Knowing the Book and Following Orders
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Knowing the Book and Following Orders

Sermon Notes

  1. (1-3) Gods righteous plans reveal his consistent nature, and yet his plans are also influenced by an adaptive love that strives to remain with you at every step you may take.

  2. (4-6) As we remain children of God, we are moved by his love and security, which sends us with courage enough to roam around within the wide boundaries set by God.  

  3. (7-8) Every successful endeavor can be credited to each person’s familiarity with the plan, to a discipline dictating their every action, and to their commitment to their peers.

  4. (9-11) Let the constant presence of God fuel your courage and strength. Your victory is secured by God.  

Joshua 1:1-11


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After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left,that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

10 So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.’”

Ross Judy
Persistence with a New Identity
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Persistence with a New Identity

Sermon Notes

  1. (20-22) New believers are often the most vulnerable and yet often the ones most ready to proclaim their faith.

  2. (23-25) Some Christians cling quietly to their faith, fearful of resistance, while others proclaim because they have enough support from their community of faith. 

  3. (26-28) New faith, if it is to persist and be fruitful, must be sponsored. We must be willing to co-testify to one another’s transformations.  

  4. (29-31) The most prolific proclaimers enjoy both repeated affirmations of faith and are placed within a fertile context.  

Acts 9:20-31


 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?”22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.

23 After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him, 24 but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. 25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.

26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews, but they tried to kill him. 30 When the believerslearned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.

31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.

Ross Judy