A year-long journey through the historical books of Luke and Acts – one chapter each week – to grow in being real and coming to understand the life of Jesus and the birth of the church. Two books, fifty two chapters: 252.
Acts 27-28: How to Navigate Life’s Challenges
Sometimes life is hard and makes absolutely no sense. But maybe our circumstances aren't what indicates whether or not God cares about us. In this message, Pastor Matt shares eight ways to navigate life's challenges.
Acts 26: Encountering Jesus Changes Everything
Whether we like it or not, change will be a part of our lives. When we encounter Jesus, change comes at a whole new level. Pastor Andrew Boganwright teaches from Acts 26 and what changes when Jesus enters the picture.
Acts 25: How To Help People Come To Know Jesus
Do you ever wish more people knew who Jesus really was? Jesus can be pretty confusing to people who don't know him and sometimes Christians can make things worse. Pastor Matt Brown teaches from Acts 25 and how to better communicate who Jesus is.
Acts 24: How Do You Plead?
In the same way that we seem to know instinctively how to judge others, we typically know how to defend ourselves as well. And maybe it's just us, but the holidays can usually bring those instincts out in all of us. Pastor Adam Atchison shares how to tell the difference between how we see things and how God sees things.
Acts 23: How to Act in a Politically Charged Climate
Regardless of how we may feel, Christians are called to respond to those in authority in a very specific way. During a time of ongoing political tension, Pastor Matt Brown teaches on how to react well in a politically charged climate.
Acts 22: God Gave You a Story to Give Away
A good story can change a mind, heart or even the world. So what is the real story God is trying to tell through out the entire bible? And what should you do with your own unique story? Claude Hickman teaches from Acts 22 and why your story matters and what it means to give it away.
Acts 21: Join the Story
Have you ever looked back in hindsight and realized you totally missed being part of something incredible? There are some big things in store for all of us, but we have to learn to notice when they come our way. Claude Hickman teaches from Acts 21 and how not to miss the moment.
Acts 20: How Does God Speak Directly To You?
Sometimes we just need to hear something that will encourage, comfort and direct us. And let's be honest, life would be easier if we could just hear straight from God what to do. In this message, Pastor Matt Brown shares how to hear directly from God.
Acts 19: How Do I Know If My Faith In God Is Real?
Can you really fake it till you make it? Or will there come a moment in your life where you need your faith to be real? Pastor Matt teaches from Acts 19, shares a story of an exorcism gone wrong and explains what real faith in God does and doesn't look like.
Acts 18: Your Voice Matters
Ever said something you regret? Or found yourself in a moment when you knew the words you said could either make or break everything? Words have incredible power, Justin McVey teaches from Acts 18 on how to use them wisely.
Acts 17: How To Make Better Decisions
Like it or not, we all have to make decisions. Do you ever wish you could find a way to always make the right one? Pastor Matt Brown teaches on the three best ways to make better decisions.
Acts 16: How to Handle Stress
The vast majority of Americans experience stress and the results of it. In fact, stress is the basic cause of 60% of human illness and disease. Life is hard and stress is unavoidable, so how we handle stress matters. Pastor Matt's message from Acts 16 teaches six ways to handle stress.
Acts 15: How to Manage Conflict
Conflict happens. And it can either make your relationships stronger or tear them apart. So, do you know how to manage conflict well? Pastor Matt Brown teaches from Acts 14 and one of the most significant conflicts the church ever faced.
Acts 14: Do You Have the Right Image of God?
The way you see people tends to influence how you interact with them. So, how do you picture God? For many of us, the way we see God is built on a combination of what we've been told and what we want to be true. Pastor Matt Brown teaches from Acts 14 and how to have an accurate view of God.
Acts 13: What Kind of Believer Are You?
What we believe matters. What we believe about God, ourselves and even others has huge ramifications about the way we live our lives. Pastor Matt Brown shares a message from Acts 13 about how to make sure what we believe is really true.
Acts 12 – How to Get God to Hear Me
If we're being honest, it can sometimes feel like God doesn't care about us. Like he doesn't hear us, or worse, he's ignoring us. Pastor Matt Brown shares a message from Acts 11 on how to get God to hear you.
Acts 11: How to Join What God is Doing
Let's be real, sometimes religious people can be kind of uptight. The truth is there's a lot more room to be flexible than we may think. In this message from Acts 11 Pastor Matt Brown shares how to be religiously flexible in order not join in what God is doing.
Acts 10: The Power of the Gospel
Many of us struggle to understand our own identity and long to be truly known and loved by others. Jesus provided the answer for how to do both of those things at the same time. In this message, Justin McVey shares how to understand more about who we are and how to live more confident, empowered lives.
Acts 9: The Right Kind of Risk
Paul is arguably the most influential Christian who ever lived, but he started off his career hunting down early believers and destroying their lives. In this message, Claude Hickman shares that while Jesus turned Paul's life around, there was someone else who had to put it all on the line to help Paul step into his true calling.
Acts 8: How to Hear the Voice of God
What does God want you to do with your life, or just right now? Do you ever wish you could hear from God and have him tell you what to do? In this message Pastor Matt Brown shares four ways to hear the voice of God.
Acts 7: Speaking the Truth When It’s All on the Line
We're living in a time where truth has been relativized. Facts are twisted, feelings are manipulated and we're stuck trying to decipher what is and isn't. How can we stand up for the truth when no one can even agree what that is? In this message from Acts 7 we learn how to speak the truth when everything is on the line.
Acts 6: The Challenge with Change
Nothing ever stays the same. Sometimes it happens in an instant, other times is barely noticeable, but everything changes. Feelings, work, finances, relationships, culture, priorities all change and how we respond to those challenges makes all the difference about where we end up in life. In this sermon from Acts 6, Dex Alexander teaches about how to deal with the challenge of change.
Acts 5: How To Become A More Authentic Person
Sandals Church is built around the vision of being real with ourselves, God and others. We believe that authenticity is not just a really good idea, but also something God cares deeply about. In this message, Pastor Matt Brown teaches from Acts 5 and what happened when inauthenticity entered the church.
Acts 4: How You Can Help Change the World
The world is a hurting, messed up place. Is it possible for any of us to make a real difference? Jesus thinks so. Pastor Matt Brown teaches from Acts 4 and shares four ways you can help change the world.
Acts 3: What Can Jesus Do for You?
The Bible is full of stories of Jesus healing people and changing their lives. Have you ever wondered what Jesus can actually do for you? Or maybe you've seen Jesus change your life, and now you're wondering what Jesus wants you to do next. Pastor Matt Brown teaches from Acts 3 and shares some pretty crazy stories of what Jesus enabled people to do.
Acts 2: Real Life in the Church
Does it feel like church isn't really "working" for you anymore? Or that it never really did? Maybe you used to feel like God was doing things in your life, but he isn't anymore. In this message, Pastor Adam Workman talks through the second chapter of Acts and what real life in the church could look like.
Acts 1: How to Get the Most Out of Life
How can you make your life really count and get the most out of it? Pastor Matt Brown teaches from the first chapter of Acts and the four specific things you can start doing that could help you get the most out of life.
Luke 24: How Jesus Has the Power to Change Your Life
If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be? Maybe you'd have a better job, live in a different home or have stronger relationships. In the final chapter of Luke, Jesus rises from the dead and shows that he has the power to change your life.
Luke 23: How to Have A Better Life
If Jesus is who he said he is, and died the way the Bible and history says he did, why did he actually come to earth in the first place? Is it possible that the whole reason Jesus was born in the first place was so that we could have better lives? In this message, Pastor Matt Brown teaches from Luke 23 and what Jesus' death means for our lives.
Luke 22: Have You Been Rescued?
The very night he was arrested, Jesus gathered his closest friends together for a meal and proceeded to flip a century's old tradition on its head turning it in to something entirely new. Thousands of years later, Christians still pause to remember that night and celebrate Communion together. In this message from Luke 22, Pastor Adam Workman leads communion with a reminder that Jesus came to rescue broken people.
Luke 21: Becoming Generous Like Jesus
Whether you're religious or not, most of us would agree that for a guy who spent most of his life homeless, Jesus was one of the most kind and generous people who ever lived. In this message, Pastor Matt Brown teaches from Luke 21 about what being generous really means.
Luke 20: What Does Life Look Like After I Die?
What will life be like after we die? Are we going to become angels with wings? Stay the same but just hang out in the clouds? Will we still be married or single, parents or children? In this message, Pastor Matt Brown shares what God says will happen in the afterlife.
Luke 19: How Can I Be a Better Person?
How do we make things right when we’ve totally screwed up? Jesus didn’t just come to change our relationship with God, but to change our relationships with other people. In this message, Pastor Matt Brown shares 3 ways to become a better person.
Luke 18: How To Get My Life Right With God
What does it mean to get right with God? Many of us want to make sure to do that before we die, or we promise to do that if God will help us out of a painful or tragic situation. Could getting right with God make things better in your life? What about the lives of our kids? In this message, Pastor Matt Brown explores Luke 18 and what Jesus promises will happen when we look to him first.
Luke 17: How Do I Grow in My Faith?
"Just have more faith!" Having more faith sounds like a great idea, but how on earth do you grow in that area? In this message, Pastor Matt Brown shares four ways Jesus taught his followers to grow in faith - and how to even have faith in the first place.
Luke 16: What’s Really Valuable
Money seems to be one of those things everyone gets wrong – single people and married couples, teenagers and the elderly, even churches screw this up. Not surprisingly, the bible seems to hint that what we do with this thing now can directly affect what is available to us in the future. In this message from Luke 16, Dex Alexander shows us how Jesus speaks directly what is really valuable.
Luke 15: The Divine Seeker
Have you ever wondered if you've gotten so far away from God that he doesn't notice you anymore? Or maybe you feel like God notices you, but he's either angry with you for what you've done or doesn't think you're worth his time. In this message from Luke 15, Claude Hickman walks through three stories Jesus tells that all make one point.
Luke 14: What Does God Want From Me?
Everyone has expectations in relationships. You know what you want from your friends, your spouse, your children and your family. Does God have expectations for us? And what are they? In this message, Pastor Matt Brown teaches from Luke 14 and what Jesus says God wants from us.
Luke 13: How to Experience the Healing Power of Jesus
What if you could finally be free to be who you really are? Healed of your striving and shortcomings and fully real. In this Easter message, Pastor Matt Brown shares that being a Christian isn’t about feeling bad, it’s about learning to feel loved.
Luke 12: How to Fight Worry
There's a good chance that you or someone close to you deals with anxiety that runs deeper than just our circumstances. What if there's a way to fight back? In this message, Pastor Andrew Boganwright teaches from Luke 12 and what Jesus has to say about why we worry and how we can overcome our fear.
Luke 11: Learning How to Pray
55% of Americans say they pray at least once a day. Even those who don't say they're necessarily religious. How do you know if your prayers matter, or if prayer even works? In this message, Pastor Matt teaches from Luke 11 and the moment when Jesus taught his followers about prayer.
Luke 10: The Divine Mentor
Experience is a great teacher, but it can really sting sometimes. What if you could learn how to be better at life from someone much wiser than you? Pastor Wayne Cordeiro teaches on Luke 10 and how to grow in wisdom.
Luke 9: Who is Jesus?
If you've heard of Jesus before, you've probably heard plenty of things about who he was, why he came and what he did. Pastor Matt Brown teaches on Luke 9 and what Jesus had to say to his followers about who he is and how to follow him.
Luke 8: Who Am I?
Or maybe a better question is, what are you? Biology has an answer. Psychology has an answer. Your friends probably have an answer. The bible has an answer too, one that you might not expect. In this message, Pastor Matt Brown teaches on Luke 8 and the story of a girl who was brought back from the dead and what being spiritual may really mean.
Luke 7: How to Experience Real Forgiveness
No one is perfect, we've all messed up at one point or another and wished we could try over again. Pastor Matt Brown teaches on Luke 7 and the story of what happens when we experience real love.
Luke 6: How to Become More Like Jesus
Just about every world religion agrees that Jesus was an incredible man and teacher. We believe he was so much more. In this message, Pastor Matt Brown teaches on Luke 6 and how we can become more like Jesus.
Luke 5: Jesus Heals
This world is full of sickness and suffering. But that's not the way God wanted it to be. When Jesus came, he spent much of his time healing the sick and broken. In this message, Pastor Matt teaches on how and why Jesus still heals people.
Luke 4: How to Handle Temptation
No matter how good of a person you are, you will face temptation. Even Jesus did. In this message, Pastor Matt Brown teaches on how to handle temptation.
Luke 3: Unexpected
It seems like most of the time life doesn't start, happen or turn out the way we expect. In this message, Claude Hickman shares what God does with the unexpected.
Luke 2: It’s Time to Grow
Growth is necessary, but it isn’t always easy. Regardless of where we are in life, there are probably areas we wish were better. In this message, Pastor Matt Brown shares how to grow in specific areas of your life.