The Gospel Confronts the Culture

Acts 19:21–41

The Gospel Confronts the Culture

Acts 19:21–41

Sermon Notes

Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe


1. THE DISCIPLES OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

What the passage tells us:

• The Effectiveness of John the Baptist’s ministry

• Necessity that Jesus is the Christ.

• Relationship between the Holy Spirit and faith in JESUS as the Christ.

The passage raises a few questions:

• What is the difference between the baptism of John and the Baptism of Jesus?

• What is the relationship between the timing of these disciples’ belief, their baptism and the Holy Spirit coming on them?

• Is the Holy Spirit coming on them in this way something that should always happen when a person believes?


2. INTRODUCTION TO THE RIOT


3. NO LITTLE DISTURBANCE

• This line of business of ours will come into disrepute

• The temple of the great goddess Artemis will be regarded as nothing

• Artemis is about to be brought down from her grandeur


4. GREAT IS ARTEMIS OF THE EPHESIANS

5. PAUL WISHED TO GO

6. THE TOWN CLERK

7. THE GOSPEL CONFRONTS CULTURE


Are there any teachings in the scriptures that you need to allow to interrupt and confront the normal flow of your life?


David Peterson (Pillar)

These colleagues acted with a measure of independence, standing in for Paul in some contexts, so that, ‘for all his heroic stature in Acts, Paul does not stand alone’. Once more, an implicit ecclesiology[that is, teaching about the church] is indicated by Luke.


Pillar - David Peterson

Christianity had the potential to change the culture of the city, but would it succeed?

Celebration Song List

CELEBRATE Who God Is

Oh! Great Is Our God

This Is Our God

CONNECT Our Need for Christ

'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus (Trust In Jesus)

COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

CONTRIBUTION of Praise

Jesus

Boldly I Approach

Community Group Questions

QUESTION 1:

Demetrius offers a three-part concern about the effectiveness of Paul’s preaching. In his argument he betrays that his real concern is not religious, but for his financial bottom-line. Are there any ways ulterior motives might have crept into your own faith practices?

QUESTION 2:

Colossians 3:5 indicates that idolatry is in the heart of more than just those who collect little statues of their gods. It tells us that covetousness is idolatry. How ought we also to apply that concern to our own lives?

QUESTION 3:

The passage in Acts 19 is a great example of social outrage with little actual information and wisdom. How have you seen this in our “hashtag” culture? How might we both avoid this ourselves and bring wisdom to cultural conversations?

PRAYER NOTES

INTRODUCTION QUESTION:

Have you noticed that at CPCoast our normal practice is to preach straight through a book or passage of scripture? What has your experience been with this type of “consecutive expository” preaching? Do you have any questions or thoughts?