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Acts 6 – A Caring Community… Four Marks of a Healthy Church

Audio [28:53]

Pastor Dan – Transcription:
“Thank you Jodi for that song about God’s grace. As we turn, and continue in the book of Acts, we are going to discover that for a church to function and stay together they’re going to need a little bit of grace.


You know, when I was age thirty, I thought that I had seen all that I really needed to see about the sort of the underbelly, or the inner workings of the church.

I was fortunate enough at age nineteen to get a job at a local church and so I had been serving the church for you know around eleven years by the time I turned thirty and I thought I had had seen all there really was to see about the church.

But then when I turned thirty, our denomination, our Presbytery came to me and they asked if I would be willing to serve as the chair of the Ministerial Committee in our Presbytery.

The ministerial committee’s primary task is to examine pastors, to screen them, to make sure that their theology and things were a good fit for the denomination, and you know to make sure that they really were supposed to be a pastor, etc.

Hopefully you guys can appreciate the fact that there’s a screening process, right?… and some of you thinking, “How did he get through all  that?”…right?

But anyways I snuck through, and then eventually they let me be the chair of the committee that was examining other people.

And so, that was our primary task, but our secondary task was to handle any church conflict between the church and the pastor.


Now I bet you want to sort of imagine that that never happens, right? But it turns out it happened several times in our Presbytery while I was the chair of the Ministerial Committee.

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Acts 5 – We Can’t Stop Talking About Him

Audio: [28:47]

Pastor Dan – Transcription
Most of you have heard of the concept or the idea of either being labeled as an introvert or an extrovert.  In fact why don’t we go and just see how many of you have taken a test of some kind that has labeled you as either an introvert or an extrovert?


All right.  OK, if you don’t mind me just asking a little bit further…. how many of you have been declared as INTROVERTS here in the room?  OK,  All right.

There’s probably a few more of you who just haven’t been willing to raise your hand of course. (LAUGHTER).

How many of you are EXTROVERTS.  All right.  OK.

So maybe now, if you don’t mind, I’d just love to get a feel for how well you think you know “me“.  How many of you think that I’m an introvert?  Go ahead and raise your hand.  OK.  How many of you think that I’m an extrovert?  OK.  All right. The first service turned out that way as well, that’s right.

You know I didn’t know that label as a child, but I certainly think now that I am an extrovert. In fact as a kid I was always_talking.  And you know when you’re adult and you’re always talking, it kind of annoys people. But when you’re a kid in you’re always talking, you end up getting in trouble.  And as a kid in the school system, I was constantly in trouble for talking too much.

In fact, I remember one time I was in school, and my mom was one of the lunch ladies at the school at the time.  And she walked by my classroom on the way to the cafeteria.  And when I got down the cafeteria she said,

“I noticed that you were seated in the back of the class… you know, way away from all the other students why is that?

I lied to her and told her that was because it was closer to the bathroom, and that I had to go to the bathroom a lot; but she found out the truth, which was because I was constantly talking and interrupting the classes so the teacher removed me.

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Acts 4 – There’s No Plan B

Pastor Dan Borgelt – AUDIO [36:03]
(Please forgive the echo sound quality in the first minute or so; a very human error of the ‘sound man’ of which I am and have done myself 🙂 )

“We come to our time now in the Ministry of the Word.

Let me start by just sharing with you an incident that happened in the Borgelt household, my family, just a week ago. It was actually last Saturday night, and some of you know that we live over in the church’s house, right next door to the church property–the Manse, or the Parsonage depending on what tradition you’re from; or what part of the country you’re from.

But we live over there and before we moved in we were able to make many updates in the Manse, and after we moved in one of the things we added to it was was an alarm system–a home security system because of the number of death threats that we’re receiving from people here at the church (LAUGHTER).

Actually more on that in a little bit… but anyway, so there we were, and we had installed it several months ago, and it was a pretty successful thing because we hadn’t had any false alarms or anything like that and so we were, “Oh, we did this right”… we did it ourselves, and everything was working fine.

And a we had discussed together about what would happen if the alarm did go off at night, like if there was an intruder, I mean how would we handle this. And apparently though we found out that we needed to iron out a few more of the details. 

So the other night, there we are Saturday night, and we had put the kids to bed, and we had just about gotten to sleep ourselves, and all of the sudden the thing in our home starts beeping… ‘beep… beep… beep.’

We have a keypad in our in our bedroom.  That means that the alarm has been triggered, and now you have so many seconds to turn it off.


So we’re like, “OK… someone’s in the house.”

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Acts 3 – Kingdom Opportunities

AUDIO [25:23]

Pastor Dan – Transcription
Thank you choir for setting up our time in the Scripture together so well.

You know, before we get started is anyone else notice that the Praise Team is sort of cramping my style a little bit here… they’re trying to keep me from pacing back and forth, up here… slide this stuff over a little bit. (Laughter).

Well if you’ve been around Kirkmont for the last couple weeks you know that we began a new sermon series a couple weeks ago through the Book of Acts.  Acts is a New Testament book; it’s the fifth book in the New Testament; and we’re walking through it, dealing with one chapter at a time.

Two weeks ago we did some stuff from Acts chapter one, and last week some stuff from Acts chapter two, and now we’re going to be getting into Acts chapter three.

And here’s the basic gist of what we’ve been talking about in case you haven’t been with us lately, or maybe you were here but not paying attention, or something like that (laughter)… but here’s the basic gist–the Cliff Notes of the last couple weeks.



We’re talking about this… The Kingdom of God.  And if that’s a new expression to you what we mean by the Kingdom of God is this:

Imagine life where you are living in a kingdom where God is the king. And what we mean by that is just imagine living life where everything that you experience, and everything you don’t experience, is exactly the way that God intended it to be.

That’s a pretty decent description of the Kingdom of God.


You understand right but that’s not what we’re experiencing right now.  The life that we experience right now is not everything that God intended it to be.

It was that way at the beginning, it will be that way someday again.  But it is not that way now.  And the reason we’re talking about the Kingdom of God is because the Bible tells us that when Jesus arrives on the scene.  He ushered in the Kingdom of God.  He began to reverse the consequences and the effects of sin, and usher in the Kingdom of God making the life that people experience the way that God intended it to be.

So when He healed the blind man, He ushered in the Kingdom of God because blindness was not a part of God’s design. When he raised the dead he was ushering in the Kingdom of God because death was not a part of God’s design.

Those are the types of things we mean by the Kingdom of God. And what we’re talking about, as far as it pertains to you and I, is that

Jesus began that effort.  And the Scripture tells us that he promises to complete it when he comes back again some day.

But what does that mean for you and I in the inbetween?

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Acts 2 – These Men are not Drunk

Pastor Dan – AUDIO (36 minutes; starts at [00:09])

“Well last week here Kirkmont we began a new preaching series… we began preaching through the book of Acts.

Acts is the fifth book that appears in the New Testament right after the four books that record the life of Jesus.

We have Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John… and then we come to the Book of Acts.

Last week we discussed that Acts is actually written by one of those who wrote about the life of Jesus and that is Luke, who wrote the gospel of Luke, and also is the person who wrote the book of Acts.

Both letters were addressed to a man named Theophilus.  And Acts, in a nutshell, is really answering the question, “What happens once Jesus ascends into heaven and he leaves?”

  • What happens to those people who have begun to follow him?
  • What happens to the early church?
  • How does the early church get formed?  And
  • How do they grow, and
  • How do they act, and
  • How do they treat each other

I mean Acts is really the history, and the recording of all those things.

And last week specifically, in Acts chapter one, we looked at some of Jesus’s last words that he said to his disciples before he ascended into heaven.  And the Scripture told us that he spoke to them about the Kingdom of God.

And then he told them to go to Jerusalem, to wait in Jerusalem… whereby they will be filled with the Spirit of God.

And so last week our main point was this, that…

“You and I are called to be the people who live with the Spirit of God, and for the Kingdom of God.”

…that you and I are called to be a people who live with the Spirit of God, and for the Kingdom of God.


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