Crossborn

de Rod Schorr

Preaching ministry of Covenant Community Church. Pastor Rod Schorr's messages.

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The Open Door

por Rod Schorr

"...they reported all that God had done through them and how He had opened, for the nations, a doorway of faith." Acts 14: 27 (lit.)

What a blessed thing our Scriptures describe for us this morning: God pouring His Word and His Good News out into the non-Jewish world! If that had never happened, where would we be today! But it did happen dear ones! That door was flung wide open for you too! All you have to do is go through it! 

Message by Pastor Rod Schorr, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA 

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

Get Back Up

por Rod Schorr

"...they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead, however..." Acts 14: 19

There are two kinds of people in this world:  those who are blown and bent by the wind and those who stand up to it. Which one are you? This morning in Acts 14, my what a contrast we see! Those fickle, changeable Lystrians and the constant, faithful Paul! Let's take a look. 

Message by Pastor Rod Schorr, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA 

From the Pastors' series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lover of God

 

Useless Things and the Living God

por Rod Schorr

"...that you should turn from these useless things to the Living God." Acts 14: 15

That day when Paul preached in the city of Lystra, one man was truly listening. Though a crowd was there with him, we cannot speak for the others. So ingrained they were with the "useless things" of their culture that they seem not to have heard a word! And that makes the Lystrians an awful lot like Americans today! 

Message by Pastor Rod Schorr, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God.

 

Set Apart and Sent Out

por Rod Schorr

"Now, having fasted and prayed and laid hands on them, they sent them forth..." Acts 13:3

Here in the Book of Acts, we find the early church to be a mighty cross-cultural powerhouse! Powerfully gifted to serve a needy world, and powerfully enabled to proclaim the Good News to the lost. May the same be said of our church today! 

Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

The Dangers of Misplaced Allegiance

por Rod Schorr

"...he examined the guards and commanded that they be put to death..." Acts 12: 19

Let's face it People are frail, and not even Christians are an exception. No, not even that wonderful exemplary New Testament Church! When God answers their prayers and sets Peter free, they just  can't believe it! They call the messenger 'crazy'! What an exhortation to us all! Let's take a look. 

Message by Pastor Rod Schorr, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA

His Kingdom Comes

por Rod Schorr

“...they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord...”   Acts 12:10 NKJV

How bleak and depressing the world looked that day for Peter and his church. His dear friend James had been run through with a sword, with crowds of evil people cheering it all on. The wicked King Herod now lays hands on Peter. Tomorrow is his ‘doomsday’. But hold on! Someone is praying!

Message by Pastor Rod Schorr, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts, Dear Lovers of God

Godly Men and Rotten Kings

por Rod Schorr

"Now about that time, Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church." Acts 12:1

Wherever the Kingdom of God advances, you can be sure that opposition will arise. This morning, Herod the 'People Pleaser', seeing that his murder of James has thrilled the populace, now lays hold of Peter. Oh, but, things don't work out too well for him this time. 

Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA 

From the Pastors' series: The Book of Acts: God's Church the Right Way

When Prophets Speak

por Rod Schorr

"In those days, prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch..." Acts 11: 27

Today, the Christian church is flooded with self-proclaimed "prophets" who make reckless proclamations that never come true. So...are they truly "prophets"? What is a "prophet"? What is his purpose? And how can we know if a person truly is one? Oh, very important questions. Let's all learn this well today, because the very integrity of God's Word is at stake! 

Message by Pastor Dave Johnson. Calvary Chapel Old Towne

They Are Called 'Christians'

por Rod Schorr

"...the disciples were first called 'Christians' in Antioch." Acts 11: 26

It may be a word that world despises. It may a name that the forces of evil rise up against; but there is no greater title than the one first given to the believers in Antioch. 'Christian'! The word literally means 'belonging to Christ', implying loyalty and allegiance. Never be ashamed of it, dear faithful follower! 

Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Doing Church the Right Way

Silencing the Critics

por Rod Schorr

"When they heard these things, they became silent, and they glorified God saying 'Then God has also granted the Gentiles repentance to life.'" Acts 11: 18

Peter was heavily criticized for befriending and consorting with the 'foreigners' in their day. It was a violation of age-old standards. But nothing can silence the critics more swiftly or thoroughly than changed lives! And that's what the Gospel always does!

Message  by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Church Done Right

 

For All Who Believe In His Name

por Rod Schorr

"...that through Him, all who believe in His name will receive remission of sins." Acts 10: 48

Where would we be if the events of this chapter had never happened? If Peter had not obeyed the Lord, set aside his prejudices, and faithfully preached the Good News to the non-Jews? We "gentiles" would have no hope, nor would all the rest of the world. This morning, Pastor Dave expounds upon the beauty of God's plan for the whole world. 

Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA 

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts, Dear Lovers of God

Obedience to God 1-10-21

por Rod Schorr

"But a voice spoke to him again the second time: 'What God has cleansed, you must not call common'." Acts 10:15

The great disciple, Peter, was carrying within his heart the very same tendencies toward pride and prejudices that all of us have. But--praise His name!--God was going to do something about it!

Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA. 

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

God Rescues His People

por Rod Schorr

"Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified." Acts 9: 31

In the wake of Saul, the Destoyer's, removal from the scene, the fledgling churches enter into a peaceful period where they are free to do what all Christians are called to do: they minister to the hurting, they heal the afflicted, they rescue the lost. 

Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA

From the Pastors Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

The Ultimate Outsider

por Rod Schorr

This morning we find our new believer, Saul (or 'Paul' as he soon will be) completely alone and cut off in this world. His former friends are his bitterest enemies. The Christian brothers don't trust him at all. he is the ultimate 'outsider'. Does that strike a chord? And yet he could be more safely 'in' if he tried.

Message by Pastor Rod Schorr, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

A Street Called 'Straight'

por Rod Schorr

"The Lord said to him: 'Arise and go to the street called 'Straight' and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for--behold!--he prays!" Acts 9:11 NKJV

Could it possibly be a coincidence? That this greatest conversion of all time--Saul the 'Destroyer' kneeling before Jesus!--should happen on 'Straight Street', of all places! Praise God! Goodness knows, the man has been on 'Crooked' long enough! Isn't it marvelous how our Savior works! 

Message by Pastor Rod Schorr, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA   From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

Flat On His Face

por Rod Schorr

"...he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying: 'Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?'" Acts 9: 4 It has to be one of the most dramatic moments in all the B ib le: the complete overthrow of a wicked man. Saul, the great persecutor, was the 'ravenous wolf' from the Tribe of Benjamin, prophesied by Jacob some 2000 years before. (Gen 49: 27). But hang on! He is just about to become a 'lamb'! 

Message by Pastor Rod Schorr, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA  From the Pastors' series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

Spirit-Led and Full of Hope

por Rod Schorr

"Then the Spirit said to Philip: 'Go near and overtake this chariot...'" Acts 8: 29

He was treasurer to the Queen of a thoroughly pagan land; a man of great authority and prestige! Who would ever expect him to come to the Lord? And yet, there he was: in the middle of the wilderness, driven by the dictates of a deep spiritual hunger! 

Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA 

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

Freely Received, Freely Given

por Rod Schorr

"But Peter said to him: 'May your money perish with you because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money.'"  Acts 8: 20 NKJV

It is the bedrock foundation of the Gospel of Christ that not a thing we now have, as Christians, has come by our own means. Nothing  was 'bought', 'earned', 'acquired' by your own means, dear Christian, or mine. No. Jesus did all that on the Cross, and that's why it's called 'Gospel': 'Good News'!

Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA 

From the Pastors' series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

Of Fugitives and Missionaries

por Rod Schorr

"Therefore, those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the Word..." Acts 8: 4

What an amazing God we serve! He overthrows evil with good; turns trials into triumphs! This morning, our little church is 'scattered' under the fierce persecutions of the enemies of God. But God is in control! He just turns every fugitive into a missionary!

Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA 

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

The Importance of Looking Up

por Rod Schorr

"...but he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven..."    Acts 7: 55

Stephen was the church's first martyr and what a model of courage he is! He knew the great risk  behind what he was doing and yet he did it anyway. He spoke Truth in the face of great e il and paid for it with his life. But--oh!--he 'looked up' dear ones! Let's you and I do the same! 

Message by Pastor Rod Schorr, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA 

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

The Favor of God in a Burning Bush 10-11-20

por Rod Schorr

If ever a prosecutor should regret pressing charges, Stephen's case is surely one of them. He actually proves that his accusers are guilty of the charges they leveled against him! Though the favor of God was always at work among the, they stubbornly rejected His deliverance. And how like the USA today! 

Message by Pastor Rod Schorr, Calvaryary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA 

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

The Favor of God

por Rod Schorr

"God was with him and delivered him out of all his troubles and gave him favor and wisdom..." Acts 7: 10

Stephen's 'defense' may seem long, detailed and historical, but--make no mistake--there is nothing superfluous about it. Every word exonerates Stephen and every new subject makes the same devastating point: a nation can fall out of favor with God. And so has the U.S. of A!

Message by Pastor Rod Schorr, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA 

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God.

Representing Christ in a Hostile World

por Rod Schorr

"...and all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel." Acts 6: 15

This week, we are learning how the believer responds to a hostile environment. I think we need this lesson  more than ever before. 

Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Pastor Old Towne, Orange, CA 

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

God's Ministers of Mercy

por Rod Schorr

"Seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom." Acts 6: 3

This morning our fledgling church struggles with its first case of discord in the congregation. How beautiful the response of these earliest believers! And how crucial that we--and every believing church--follow their wonderful example! 

Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Chapel Old Towne Orange, CA From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

 

Wounds of the Worthy

por Rod Schorr

"...they departed from the presence of the Council rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His Name." Acts 5: 41

This morning, we see God's mighty hand at work, keeping His church save, sound and fearless as ever! And that He will do for you too, dear faithful one! And for all His dear church! Let's take a look...

Message by Pastor Rod Schorr, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

We Must Obey God

por Rod Schorr

"Peter and the other apostles answered and said: 'We must obey God rather than men.'" Acts 5: 29

Christians are expected to honor officials and obey the laws of the land. But there does come a time when the Christian will say 'no'. When he must choose between obeying God's clear commands and the commands of men. This morning Pastor Dave Johnson explores this crucial moment in the early ministry of the Apostles.

Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA. From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

A Pure and Powerful Church

por Rod Schorr

"Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life." Acts 5: 20 NKJV

Acts 5 has to be the most seeker-unfriendly episode in the history of the church! But God was not about to let hypocrisy infiltrate his fledgling congregation! With the demise of Ananias and Sapphira, God had purified HIs church, and oh what a powerful force it became! 

Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

God Cannot Be Deceived

por Rod Schorr

"But Peter said: 'Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?'" Acts 5: 3 NKJV

Acts 5 has to be a text for the most seeker unfriendly service in the history of the church! But, if this story is unsettling to you, or shocking, that is a good thing! 

Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA 

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

And The Many Are Made One

por Rod Schorr

"Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul..." Acts 4: 32

Pastor Dave offers wisdom and insight into the amazing unity of this early, already persecuted church!  

Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA 

From the Pastors' series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lover of 

God

Mighty When We Gather

por Rod Schorr

"...and when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken..." Acts 4: 31

As the world hangs heavy under the turmoil and the lawlessness, we are hearing it over and over: "I can't think of one happy thing." Oh, but we're Christians, dear ones! So how should we respond? Wouldn't you know? Our brave church in Acts 4 does it just right! Let's learn from them today.  

Message by Pastor Rod Schorr, Calvary Chapel Old Towne Orange CA

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God.

Mighty When We Gather

por Rod Schorr

"...and when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken..." Acts 4: 31

As the world hangs heavy under the turmoil and the lawlessness, we are hearing it over and over: "I can't think of one happy thing." Oh, but we're Christians, dear ones! So how should we respond? Wouldn't you know? Our brave church in Acts 4 does it just right! Let's learn from them today.  

Message by Pastor Rod Schorr, Calvary Chapel Old Towne Orange CA

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God.

Listen to 'Them' or Listen to God?

por Rod Schorr

"Whether it is right, in the sight of God, to listen to you more than to God, you be the judge." Acts 4: 19

We continue our study of the 'brave Church': people so inspired and empowered that nothing was going to stop them now. Not that many wouldn't try! This morning, the 'authorities' tried to forbid them to even 'utter' the name of Jesus. What a laugh! Let's take a look...

Message by Asst. Pastor Rod Schorr, Calvary Chapel Old Towne Orange, CA.  From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God

Oh, That Powerful Name

por Rod Schorr

"...for there is no other name under heaven, given among men, by which we must be saved." Acts 4: 12 

How apt that question the jealous rulers of the people posed to Peter when he so miraculously healed the lame man: "By what power or in what name have you done this?" Oh! So glad they asked! That powerful name the subject of our message this morning. Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Chapel Old Towne Orange, CA

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God 

 

Oh, That Powerful Name

por Rod Schorr

"...for there is no other name under heaven, given among men, by which we must be saved." Acts 4: 12 

How apt that question the jealous rulers of the people posed to Peter when he so miraculously healed the lame man: "By what power or in what name have you done this?" Oh! So glad they asked! That powerful name the subject of our message this morning. Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Chapel Old Towne Orange, CA

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God 

 

A Call To Action

por Rod Schorr

"Repent and be converted that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord." Acts 3: 19

That day on the Temple steps, Peter was preaching to the very enemies of Christ! "You who killed the Prince of Life..."! (Acts 3: 15) But--oh!--God was calling them too! He calls all of us to action, with the promise of a new life! 

Message by Pastor Dave Johnson, Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Orange, CA 

From the Pastors' Series: The Book of Acts: Dear Lovers of God