06-09-19 Kevin Goins - Who Is Pentecost About?

“Who is Pentecost about?”

Today is Pentecost when Christians all over the world celebrate how the Holy Spirit was given to the church. But who is the Holy Spirit? One way the Bible answers this question is by giving four very significant names to the third person of the Trinity.

I. The Bible calls the third person of the Trinity “The __________.”
A.  In both the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament, the word translated “Spirit” means “b______” or “w______.”
B.  We find an example of the Spirit as breath in John ___:___, “And with that he ___________ on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’”
C. We find an example of the Spirit as wind in John __:__, where Jesus explains to Nicodemus how a person can be born a ________ _______.

II The Bible calls the third person of the Trinity, “The Spirit of the ______ ________.”
A. If our knowledge of Christ is only knowledge of ___________, then we cannot have the life of God in us.
B. Only the Spirit of the living God can transform doctrine into a life-giving _____________ with God.

III The Bible calls the third person of the Trinity, “The _______ Spirit.”
A. Fortunately for us, the Holy Spirit is not only called Holy because he is holy, he is called Holy because he h______ us _________ holy.
B. He is called the Holy Spirit for a reason: Because he is holy and wherever he goes he ___________ holiness.

IV Lastly, the Bible calls the third person of the Trinity, “The __________.”
A. A Paraclete is one who is called to be by the _______ of someone.
B. The fact that the Holy Spirit is our Paraclete means he will stand beside us as we attempt to __________ and _________ in the Body of Christ.

06-02-19 Kevin Goins - The Stranger Among Us

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05-26-19 Kevin Goins - From Gifts to Ministry

“From Gifts to Ministry” Acts 6:1-7

Recently we have been talking about spiritual gifts and how to discover which gift is ours. But how does God take gifted people and motivate them to use their gifts for ministry? That is the focus of our text today.

I This text is about taking gifted people in the church and placing them in positions of m___________ where they can serve. And it shows us the four ___’s God provides to make this happen.

II What does God give us to motivate us to use our gifts in the church?
A. First, God provides us with p_______________ (6:1).
1. There were _____ kinds of Jewish believers in the early church because there were _____ kinds of Jews: (1) H____________ Jews and (2) G_______________ Jews.
The Grecian Jewish widows who had become believers in Jesus had the church to help them, but they believed they were not being treated f__________.
3. There will be problems in using our gifts, but problems are God’s
provision for us because problems often l_______ us on to the next l_________ of ministry.

B. Second God provides us with a p____________ (6:2-4).
1. Helping the widows would have been a good thing for the Apostles to do, but the g_____ can be the enemy of the b_______.
2. God’s plan for the church is not just that Pastors should preach and pray, but that church members should use their gifts to do ____________ ________.

C. Third, God provides us with p_______________ (6:5-6).
-The early church teaches us that when you have a ministry need, you find the people to meet that need in the __________.

D. Fourth, God provides us with p_____________ (6:7).

05-19-19 Bruce Bliss - Motivational Gifts

Documents referred to in message (google doc links...)

Spiritual Gift Chart - LINK

Motivational Gifts handout - LINK


05-12-19 Kevin Goins - Gifts, part 2

“Gifts” 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

God has not only called us to do the work of enlarging his Kingdom in this world, but he has gifted us with the tools we need to do the job. What do we need to do to use our spiritual gifts?
I We must know what the Bible teaches about spiritual gifts (12:1). II We need to know where the gifts come from (12:2-3). III We must not be copycats (12:4-6). IV We must not doubt that we have a gift(s) (12:7).
V We need to recognize that the power of the gifts is s___________ (12:8-10).
A. First, spiritual gifts cannot be put into a nice, neat, and tidy ______.
1. There are ______ lists of gifts in the New Testament: 1 Cor 12:__-__, 1 Cor 12:__-__, Rom 12:__-__, Eph 4:__, and 1 Peter 4:__-__ .
2. No list of gifts in the New Testament is c__________, which means there may be _______ gifts mentioned nowhere in the Bible.
Second, the spiritual gifts show us that the Holy Spirit thought of e___________ we might n_____.
1. The word of wisdom – a message which s_________ a difficult problem or s__________ an opponent of the faith.
2. The word of knowledge – f_____ given by the Holy Spirit to someone who could not get this information in any other way.
3. The gift of faith – the ability to believe that God is about to s________ his power in a r___________ way.
4. Gifts of healings – the ability to be God’s i__________ in healing the sick.
5. Workings of miracles – the ability to b_______ God for a miracle.
6. Prophecy – the ability to speak a m___________ from God to his people.
7. Distinguishing between spirits – the ability to tell whether a prophecy is truly f_____ ____.
8. Speaking in tongues – the ability to speak a language never l________ by the speaker.
9. The interpretation of tongues – the ability to give the m________ of what a person said who was speaking in tongues.
C. Lastly, the spiritual gifts teach us that there is no _________ when it comes to what God has enabled us to do for him.
1. Limiting certain gifts to the first century is called c________________.
2. Cessationism has serious problems:
a. The New Testament never calls any gifts “s______ gifts.”
b. If sign gifts were only needed because the New Testament was not yet published, how could the New Testament possibly t_____ the p______ of supernatural gifts?
c. Paul never ever mentions p_________ or t__________ gifts.

05-05-19 Kevin Goins - Gifts

“Gifts” 1 Corinthians 12:1-7
God has called us to do the work of enlarging his Kingdom in this world, but does he expect us to do this work armed only with our own natural human abilities? Our text today says, “NO!” God has gifted us to do his work, but what do we need to do to use our spiritual gifts?

I. We need to ________ what the Bible teaches about spiritual gifts (12:1).
A. We Christians would be insulted if anyone called us a__________, but when it comes to spiritual gifts, many Christians _____ agnostics.
B. If we have no interest in using the ______ God has given us, it likely means we have no interest in doing the _________ God has given us.

II. We need to know ________ these gifts come from (12:2-3).
A. We cannot experience the gifts _____ the Holy Spirit until we have first experienced the gift _____ the Holy Spirit.
B. Paul says that having the ________ of every gift is better than having ____ particular gift.
C. Since the Holy Spirit is the source of all gifts, then ______ we use that gift will have to be in keeping with _______ the Holy Spirit ministers.

III. We must not be ________________ (12:4-6).

IV. We must not _________ that we have a gift (12:7).
A Paul says two things in verse seven: First, ___________ has a gift.
1. But how are you supposed to know what your gifts are?
a. First, we need to read how the ________ describes the gifts and compare that to our __________.
b. We need to ______ God.
c. There are questions we can ask which will help to reveal our gifts.
1. What things that need to be done in the church come n___________ to me?
2. What abilities do I have which could be p_____ to u____ in the church?
3. What ministries of the church really e__________ me?
4. What have I done for the church that has made me feel f__________?
2. Being gifted in one area does not give us a free pass to __________ every other area of ministry – N_______ take precedence over g____!
B. The second point Paul makes in verse 7 is that gifts are given for the c_________ g_________.

04-28-19 Kevin Goins - Why be baptized?

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Baptism, Bible by facatl on April 30th, 2019


Today we have the pleasure of baptizing two believers in Jesus and we want to consider the question of why they have made this choice. But instead of asking why for the purpose of determining the cause of their decision, we want to ask why as a means of opening up a window into what the Christian life is really about. Why do we get baptized?

I First, we get baptized because the church has been ______________ by Jesus to baptize those who become his followers

A. But not only did Jesus give us a command, he also gave us an ____________.

B. It is hard to be f_________ with someone if we don’t do any of the same things – friends have a__________ in common.

C. We get baptized, not just to obey Jesus, as important as that is, but we get baptized because it helps us to i__________ with Jesus.

II Second, we get baptized to l______ u____ the name of Jesus.

-You cannot be baptized without d________ a___________ to Jesus.

III Third, we get baptized as a way of saying that Jesus has w______ a_______ our guilt and shame.

A. The word baptize means to i__________ in water, or to _________.

B. The Bible says in ___________ __:___ that “The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin.”

IV Lastly, we get baptized as a way of publicly professing that we are not ____________ of Jesus.

A. Baptism has always been a ___________ act; there is no account of __________ baptism in the Bible.

B. When we are not ashamed of Jesus, other people __________.

C. Baptism is hard, but it is probably the ________ opportunity we will ever have to be a witness for Jesus.

04-21-19 Kevin Goins - Resurrection

What does resurrection mean?

What is so important about the resurrection of Jesus?

How can we know the resurrection of Jesus really happened? 

Eye witness reports from Mary Magdalene, John, and Peter

04-14-19 Kevin Goins - The Power of Holy Week

“The Power of Holy Week”

Jesus showed his awesome power throughout his ministry, but nowhere more clearly than the week leading to his resurrection. Since we celebrate Jesus’ power over death next Sunday, it would be good for us to recall the pivotal and powerful days leading up to that climactic event.

I The first day of Holy Week was Sunday, and on that Sunday Jesus rode in a _____________.
Triumphal entries are all about celebrating ____________.
B. Jesus a______ o______ who he was by riding into the city on a
donkey, and riding on a donkey told the crowd two things:
1. He told them he was _________.
2. He told them he was a ___________ king.

II On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of that week Jesus said and did things which most people would have been far too _________ to do or say.

III Thursday Jesus ate the ___________ meal with his disciples.
-On the Thursday of Holy Week Jesus claimed to have awesome power – the power to t_______ a_______ all our sin.

IV Now we come to Friday, to what the Gospels tell us took place from the sixth hour to the ninth hour, or from _______ to ______ pm.
A. Crucifixion is the worst form of capitol punishment ever devised because it took _______ to bring about death.
B. Matthew shows us the power in the death of Jesus by telling us four things that the death of Jesus did:
First, it r_______ the temple curtain in ____ (Matthew 27:51a).
2. Second, it m__________ the hardened hearts of a world
consumed with s____________ (27:51b).
3. Third, it destroyed the power of ___________ (27:52-53).
4. Fourth, it turned _____________ into ___________ (27:54).

04-07-19 Kevin Goins - The Power of Sin

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Bible, sin, Power by facatl on April 10th, 2019

“The Power of Sin” Genesis 19:1-38

This is the time of year when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the power of God which raised him from the dead. But to appreciate why Jesus had to die and rise again we need to come face to face with another kind of power: the power of sin. How can sin have so much power?

I Sin has incredible power because it is so incredibly a__________ (19:1-3).
A. If Lot was sick of the sin of Sodom, why did he stay there?
1. Because the life Sodom offered was p___________ attractive.
2. Because the lifestyle in Sodom was more concerned with f___________ than with r_________.
3. Because Sodom was a place of great p__________.
4. Because Sodom was a place where people felt free to gratify their desires without any l___________.

B. Not all of these things were attractive to Lot, but enough about Sodom appealed to him that he was willing to o____________ the wrong.

II Sin has incredible power because it creates a d___________ which weakens our m________ - I.E. it makes us __________ (19:4-11)!

III Sin has incredible power because it is capable of d__________ anyone, even those who follow ________ (19:12-23).
-Lot is a double-minded man: He doesn’t want to ______ with the people of Sodom, but he doesn’t want to ______ without their lifestyle either.

IV Sin has incredible power because it brings terrible d_____________ (19:24-29).
-The power of sin works in us, not to s________ our desires, but to r______ our life.

V Sin has incredible power because it is t____________ - it won’t let go (19:30-38).
A. The angels removed Lot and his daughters from ________, but they could not remove Sodom from their __________.
B. Where did Lot’s daughters get the idea that incest with their father was acceptable? They got if from their ___________.

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