From Acts 17:22-32. A look at how Paul sought to communicate the gospel to a well-educated, biblically-illiterate audience.
Pastor John Mangrum continues our series Follow Jesus into the World with a look at Acts 16:16-34. Evil takes notice when the power of God is present, and this often leads to confrontations with the world order. But who will we look to for stability when the earth is shaken under us? Rome? Our abilities to make things right? Or God and his unshakable kingdom!
From Acts 15:1-21. Theology is a quest for knowledge about God and a parallel inquiry concerning how to follow God. Theology is not boring ideas; it is life in action. Theology is developed in a community with real-life situations full of human conflict, passion, and conviction. This passage is an example of theology which is shaped in conflict, guided by the Spirit, and crafted in community. This is a story that continues to happen today.
Paul’s story comes at us fast in the book of Acts–he’s miraculously converted on the road to Damascus in Chapter 9; two pages later he’s being sent by the Antioch church on his first missionary journey to take the gospel to the Gentiles. Join us Sunday as we reflect on God’s work in forming Paul for his missionary calling and consider together how we might trust God in faith as we seek to serve His mission in our own lives.
From Acts 12:1-17. The believers in the early church had seen numerous miracles performed following Jesus’ death. It seems that they shouldn’t have been surprised by another, but they were. Some suggest that this indicates a lack of faith, but is that the best interpretation of the story? Maybe they were surprised by the grace of God because they did not possess a sense of entitlement. Maybe to them, God’s grace was new every morning.
The church at Antioch was a sending church, sending Barnabas and Saul off to missionary work. After all, the church is not for itself; it’s for the world. God uses this human, and also eternal, institution to accomplish his eternal purposes.
From Acts 10:1-20. When we look back in hindsight at the promises of God in the Old Testament, we identify the mission of God in Jesus Christ. God’s mission of redemption was always for the whole world, but that wasn’t always obvious to everyone. This week we’ll look at another development in the creative mission of God, which is frequently and dramatically played out in the Book of Acts.
We long to find meaning and significance in being part of something greater than ourselves. What if participating in the ordinary is something extraordinary?
The church of Jesus Christ cannot be stopped or destroyed; the more it is suppressed, the more it grows. This phenomenon has always baffled its enemies. Jesus put it this way, “The gates of hell will not prevail against it.” The apostle Paul said, “If God is for us who can be against us?” What an honor to be associated with the only human institution that is also eternal.
From Acts 6:1-7. In the Book of Acts, the community of Jesus Christ started from nearly nothing and grew so fast that it seems the Apostles were always scrambling to keep up. Signs and wonders, organizational challenges and martyrdom – that’s a lot to handle. Whenever the Spirit of God is at work there is always action. The Apostles certainly could not have predicted these dramatic developments but with God’s help they were up to the task.