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TITLE: No Small Stir
TEXT: Acts 19:23-28
PROPOSITION: God expects the Gospel to cause a stir.
KEY WORD: Causes

  1. INTRODUCTION: "no small stir" means "a great stir"
  2. The cause of it – "that way" (Acts 19:9)
  3. They imprisoned those of the way – Acts 9:2
  4. They persecuted this way – Acts 22:4
  5. Background – Diana, not just an idol – the foundation of their economy
  6. Bring in the gospel = disrupt the financial security of Ephesus.
  7. The gospel was turning their world upside down. (Acts 17:6)


The Nature of the Gospel Produces a Stir

  1. Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
  2. Dispel darkness with light (Matthew 5:14)
  3. Spread purity among the immoral.
  4. Urges moderation in world of excess.
  5. Convicts of SIN among those who love sin.
  6. Teaches truth where error is espoused.
    One God – stirs the idolater and atheist
    Creator – stirs the evolutionist
    Bible authority – stirs the modernist
    Immortality – stirs the materialist (this world only view)
    One church – stirs the denominationalist
    Lordship of Jesus – stirs the self-centered, Burger King, Frank Sinatra world
    I want what I want, Have it your way, I did it my way
  8. In conduct of life:
    Drinking, Gossip, Abortion, Homosexuality, Adultery, Divorce, etc.


The Gospel Produces a Stir – Peculiar System

  1. Peculiar thinking – Philippians 4:8
  2. Peculiar security – Forgiven, saved, God’s family
  3. Peculiar teaching – Distinctive, Restoration, Biblical, Gospel


The Way Produced by the Stir

  1. A salesman must be excited about his product.
  2. "You don’t want any magazines do you?"
  3. Our product – the gospel. Get Excited!
  4. We are taking the gospel to the World!
  5. They are lost and we have the answer they are looking for!

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