Past Sermons

Life-Changing Teaching

Mountainview is committed to providing life-changing teaching that is drawn from the Bible. We believe that practical teaching is one of the keys to developing spiritual maturity.

Day One: The Birth of a Movement Overview

This four-part series is based on Acts 2 and looks at how the church began. Rather than describe the birth of an institution, Acts 2 is about the birth of a movement. The four characteristics are vital to Mountainview becoming a healthy, thriving church. Each of these characteristics also have an individual growth component, as the church is comprised of individuals.

The purpose of this series is to emphasize the God-powered nature of the church and what that looks like here at Mountainview.

May 7-8: Empowered by the Holy Spirit / Mother’s Day – Acts 2:1-13 — Ken Hensley

The church begins not with a strategy session but with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Jesus had promised them they would not be left as orphans (John 14:18) and that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them (Acts 1:8). For many Christians, the Holy Spirit is the anonymous third wheel of the Trinity. For the early church, it was the Holy Spirit that powered their movement and expansion.

May 14-15: Gospel-Centered – Acts 2:14-36 — Ken Hensley

While multiple apostles spoke in tongues on Pentecost, it is Peter’s sermon that gets recorded. His sermon only has one real point: “You put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death” (Acts 2:23-24). The result? “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah” (Acts 2:36). It is this gospel-centered emphasis which informs and inspires the early church.

May 21-22: Transformation – Acts 2:36-41 — Ken Hensley

Peter’s explanation of the gospel results in the crowd asking a very good question: ““Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). Peter’s answer is straight-forward: you must be transformed. But this transformation is not something that we manufacture on our own; it is the result of God’s redeeming love.

May 28-29: Biblical Community / Memorial Day – Acts 2:42-47 — Ken Hensley

By the end of Acts 2, this new church has 3,000 new believers. In a short summary, Luke describes what life was like for them: devotion, fellowship, and prayer were at the heart of this new community. Because they were tuned into God, they cared for each other. This new kind of community had a magnetic appeal: “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47b).

 

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