Category Archives : Acts (Rayburn)


How the Gospel Goes Acts 16:6-40

Download audio Download sermon Acts 16:6-40 We had an extensive account of Paul’s evangelism and church-planting ministry in chapters 13 and 14. Now Paul returns to that ministry and, in this case, we are furnished with more personal detail. There are sermons aplenty in the text we are about to read, but I plan to […]


Love at Work Acts 15:22-35

Download audio Download sermon Acts 15:22-35 We considered last time Luke’s record of the first formal meeting of the leadership of the international Christian church. They met to resolve a disagreement about precisely how Gentiles were to be incorporated into the Christian Church. Today is Pentecost, the celebration of Christ’s gift of the Holy Spirit […]


The Gospel’s Offense Acts 14:1-28

Download audio Download text Acts 14:1-28 Paul and Barnabas, driven out of Antioch by the city’s rich and powerful element, made their way to Iconium, some 90 miles eastward along the Roman road. Iconium is, today, the large Turkish city of Konya. Text Comment v.1       Once again the word of God proved itself powerful to […]


A Missionary Faith Acts 13:1-12

Download audio Download text Acts 13:1-12 Chapters 13 and 14 of the book of Acts relate the first extensive missionary activity conducted on behalf of the Christian gospel. We cannot say, of course, that Paul was the first Christian missionary. But he is the first of whose missionary work we have a contemporary report. Other […]


Reading the Signs Acts 12:20-25

Download audio Download text Acts 12:20-25 We’ve been away from Acts for several Sunday mornings and return to it at a paragraph that relates an incident that has, at first glance, little obvious connection to the main drift of the narrative to this point. It is not about what the Christians were doing to spread […]


The Early Church at Prayer Acts 12:1-19

Download audio Download sermon Acts 12:1-19 We have now witnessed the epoch-making introduction of Gentiles into the Christian church, a development that, in the nature of the case, happened in areas where Gentiles were concentrated. The Word of God, as our Savior had said it would, was spreading outward from Jerusalem, but events there now […]


A Model Church Acts 11:19-30

Download audio Download sermon Acts 11: 19-30 Text Comment v.19     In other words, Luke is picking up the thread of his narrative from 8:4, where he described the persecution in Jerusalem that had scattered many of the Christians there. v.20     Most of the Jewish Christians who had left Jerusalem to escape the persecution had been […]