Pastor Kevin teaches on Acts 11:1-18, highlighting the tension that faced Peter after his encounter with Cornelius. The transition of the gospel from the Jews only to the entire world was one that was met with confusion and concern. In fact, the earliest Christians had a blind spot about what God was doing, not recognizing God's plan of the inclusion of the Gentiles as full participants of the covenant in Jesus Christ. Pastor Kevin highlights the fact that Christians today also have blind spots, leaving walls between people and obstacles to the gospel. The church must be intentional about overcoming these blind spots.
Pastor Kevin teaches on Acts 9:32-43, highlighting the similarities between Peter's miraculous healings and those performed by Jesus during his earthly ministry. Peter's ministry reminds us that Christians must do as Jesus did, advance the gospel, and love the detested and marginalized.
Pastor Kevin teaches on Acts 9:17-31, demonstrating the transition between who Paul used to be and who he had become. God is a God of transformation. This is evident in Paul's journey and is true in the life of all who encounter Jesus. Pastor Kevin demonstrates from the Bible that all Christ-followers experience transformation, that transformation is both initial and ongoing, and that--while God is the power behind the transformation--all believers have a role to play as well.
Pastor Kevin teaches on the death of Jesus--both Jesus' understanding of the event and the perception among those who rejected him. Pastor Kevin contrasts the welcome Jesus received at his "Triumphal Entry" in Matthew 21:1-11 with the response of the crowds at his trial before Pilate, shouting "Crucify Him!" What changed and why? How do we know that Jesus' crucifixion accomplished what he claimed?
Pastor Kevin introduces the first in a three part Easter series, teaching on Matthew 26:17-30 and highlighting the role of Jesus as our Passover lamb. It is not a coincidence that Jesus' last supper took place at Passover or that it was the cup after the meal that was used to proclaim that Jesus' blood is the blood of the New Covenant. At this meal, Jesus unveiled the significance of what his death would accomplish just a short time later.
Pastor Kevin teaches on Acts 9:1-19, highlighting the biblical and cultural forces that forged his worldview and zeal, leading him to war against the early Christian movement to protect Israel from--what he believed--was a dangerous teaching. Pastor Kevin highlights two important conclusions from Paul's story: (1) We should never assume that someone is beyond God's reach. (2) God redeems and sanctifies broken people.
Pastor Kevin teaches on Acts 8:26-40, demonstrating that the mission to spread the gospel to the world belongs to the Lord. It is his mission, and Christians are privileged to be invited to join God on mission. In this sermon, Pastor Kevin examines Philip's encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch, seeing both God's role and Philip's role in this encounter.
Pastor Kevin teaches on Acts 8:4-25, demonstrating the difference between those who believed the gospel and surrendered to the Lordship of Christ in Samaria and "Simon the Sorcerer," who believed but failed to surrender to the Lordship of Christ. What does it mean to be a Christ-follower? How can we know if we are truly Christ-followers?
Pastor Kevin teaches on Acts 8:1-4, highlighting the trajectory the gospel was intended to go (i.e., from Jerusalem to all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth). However, thus far, the early church had not left Jerusalem. God caused or used the persecution that broke out against the church as means of advancing the gospel as it was intended.