The story of Acts seems to end abruptly. But could it be that the story continues with us? We examine Acts 28 and see that the story is alive with the church today as we have compassion for people and a passion for the kingdom of God.
More than any other book in the New Testament, the book of Acts provides us with a clear picture of how the church in the New Testament made disciples and multiplied churches in order to advance the kingdom of Christ. This series challenges individuals and churches to put aside traditions, comforts, preferences and programs and instead to follow the example of the early church as they beheld the glory of Christ, relied upon the Spirit of Christ and proclaimed the gospel of Christ. As the early church gave themselves to these things then disciples were made, churches were multiplied and the world was forever changed.
Is God in control? Do my choices matter? How can God be over everything and yet what I do matters?
Paul faced opposition as he shared the gospel. We will face opposition in our own lives. Acts 24-26 displays how we can understand opposition and see the opportunities it presents for being agents of the gospel.
Everyone has some objection to the gospel. It is normally rooted in a zeal for their worldview, fear of the threat that gospel presents to their life and an issue of pride. We examine how Paul handles this hostility and breaks through with the gospel.
Paul’s relationship with the church in Ephesus displays what a gospel-saturated church looks like. Built on truth, authenticity and lasting friendships, the church can be a positive influence in any culture.
We often look back on ancient history or read something about the religious practices of old tribes. We see child sacrifice and are appalled at how that is. We think it is ridiculous that people pray to small wooden statues or travel to a temple in a far off land to offer sacrifices. But do […]
We have all had those times in our lives when we feel discouraged and drained (relationship trouble, unemployed for a season, health issues, death, disease, etc.). Often in those times you feel all alone. You feel that nobody understands and you may feel that God is far from you. You are worn down, discouraged, tired, […]
Acts 17 and Paul’s actions in Athens display how to communicate the gospel to a biblically illiterate culture. So we will examine Paul’s method and his motivation.
We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, not based on anything we do but based on everything He has done. So, we do not work, live, pray, study, worship in order to earn favor before God, in order to earn standing before God. We have favor before God, standing before […]
You do not have to achieve to be approved by God, you are already approved by God through the achievement of Jesus.