The Apostle Paul Arrested

Acts 21:12, 27-31 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him, Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place. And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut. And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. Continue reading

Paul’s Warnings Against False Doctrine

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Acts 20:25-31 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

Paul Preached until Midnight

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Acts 20:1-12 And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto [him] the disciples, and embraced [them], and departed for to go into Macedonia. And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece, And [there] abode three months. And when the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia. And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus. These going before tarried for us at Troas. And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days. And upon the first [day] of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together. And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.  And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing [him] said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.  When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.  And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.

Demitrius the Silversmith

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Acts 19:23-34: 23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that way. 24 For a certain [man] named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; 25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth. 26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: 27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth. 28 And when they heard [these sayings], they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great [is] Diana of the Ephesians. 29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul’s companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre. 30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not. 31 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring [him] that he would not adventure himself into the theatre. 32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together. 33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people. 34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great [is] Diana of the Ephesians.

The Vagabonds

Acts 19:13-20 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed. Continue reading

Arriving at Ephesus

Acts 19:1-12 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve. And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. Continue reading

Paul at Corinth

Acts 18 marks an interesting and notable moment in the Apostle Paul’s ministry. Desiring to go to Asia, the Holy Spirit forbid him and instead, sent him to evangelize in Macedonia. Finally, he arrived at the city of Corinth, wherein another notable church was planted, to whom the books of 1 and 2 Corinthian were written.  Continue reading

Paul at Iconium

In Acts chapter 14, Paul continues his evangelistic journeys, coming to a city called Iconium. But as he arrives, immediately there is contention and trouble as a result of the gospel. Join Pastor Winslett for this introduction to Acts 14.  Continue reading

We Turn to the Gentiles

In Acts 13, something pivotal happened in the ministry of the Apostle Paul. Faced with continual rejection from his contemporary Jewish hearers, he began shifting his focus to preaching to Gentile audiences. This move helped spark the spread of Christianity throughout Europe and Asia Minor!  Continue reading

The Conversion of Cornelius

Acts chapter 10 is an extremely important portion of the New Testament, as it documents the opening of the door of faith, as it were, to Gentiles. In this message, Pastor Vaughn Winslett shares the amazing conversion of an Italian Centurion named Cornelius. You’ll see God’s sovereign grace on full display, in preparing the heart of Cornelius while also sending Peter to go preach the gospel to him.  Continue reading

The Salvation of Saul

In our continued series through the Book of Acts, Pastor Vaughn Winslett comes to the salvation of Saul of Tarsus, recorded in Acts chapter 9. This is an amazing passage! Prior to Christ, Saul was a cruel man, bent on persecuting others. Yet, the Lord Jesus, in an act of sovereign grace, did regenerate Saul on the road to Damascus, saving him from his sins and placing him in the gospel ministry.  Continue reading

Philip’s Two Encounters: Simon and the Eunuch

In Acts chapter 8, we find two distinct encounters Philip the Evangelist had with two very different people: Simon Magus and the Ethiopian Eunuch. One, Simon, was by all appearances a wicked man. The other, the Eunuch, was a worshiper of God interested in Christ. Join Pastor Vaughn Winslett for a glimpse into this interesting chapter.

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A Cloud of Witnesses | Acts 1:9-14

“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas [the brother] of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.” – Acts 1:9-14

Message 2 in our series through the book of Acts.

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Evil Is Present With Me

The born again child of God is, in a sense, a living contradiction. By that, we mean to say that there are two opposing natures at constant warfare within our hearts and minds at all times. In this message, Pastor Vaughn Winslett expounds on Romans chapter 7, a portion of scripture in which The Apostle Paul shares the struggle we all have with fleshly lusts.  Continue reading

Eden, from Ezekiel 47

And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine. Ezekiel 47:12

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