In Acts chapter 17, Paul an Silas continue their journeys, coming to a city named Thessalonica. There, they would plant a fresh church but soon face similar persecutions that they experienced in many other cities. This congregation would be one remembered throughout history, as they were the recipients of two Epistles we find in our Bibles today!
In Acts chapter 16, Paul and Silas once again encountered persecution as they found themselves beaten and imprisoned. But as with many other times, God intervened and overruled the situation, delivering them from prison and even converting the jailer!
After the controversy and resulting “Council of Jerusalem” in Acts 15, Paul resumed his ministerial journeys, travelling from city to city preaching the gospel. In our passages today, we learn of his meeting a certain disciple named Timotheus, as well as the conversion of Lydia, seller of purple.
One of the early controversies in Christian history was an attempt by certain Jewish teachers to place Gentile converts under the law of Moses. In this message, Pastor Vaughn Winslett introduces this controversy from Acts chapter 15.
Paul suffered many forms of persecution. From simple rejection and ridicule to outright attempts on his life, he was a man who suffered often. In this message, Pastor Vaughn Winslett shares the account of Paul’s stoning from Acts chapter 14. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
We should rejoice every single time a sinner repents. However, this was far from the case in the early church after the conversion of the first Gentile, a Centurion named Cornelius. In this message, Pastor Vaughn Winslett shares the interaction between Peter and the other Apostles regarding this new open door to share the faith with Gentiles.
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 →
Continuing our series through the Acts of the Apostles, Pastor Vaughn Winslett considers the response of Saul of Tarsus to the call of Christ, as well as further ministerial work recorded in Acts chapter 9.
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 →
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.
In Acts chapter 2, the Church that Jesus Christ organized and commissioned embarks on her ministry in the world, as the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Apostles. Join our pastor, Vaughn Winslett, for this message from Acts chapter 2. Continue reading →
“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
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 →
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
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
One of the most interesting and important figures in the Bible is Jacob. It was Jacob who was chosen of God and renamed Israel. It was Jacob who fathered the twelve tribes of Israel. And relevant to us, it was Jacob who is used by the Apostle Paul as a figurehead for the elect in Romans 9. Join Pastor Vaughn Winslett for this interesting study of the life of Jacob. Continue reading →
One of the most heartbreaking scenes in all of the Bible is when David sinned with Bathsheba. To someone who doesn’t understand God’s grace, such a moment might give reason to believe David had lost any hope of being in Heaven. However, sad and horrific as moments like these are, for the child of God, where sin abounds grace does much more abound. Join Pastor Vaughn Winslett for this message from 2 Samuel chapter 11. Continue reading →