According to the Boston Globe, the biggest threat facing middle-aged men isn’t smoking or obesity…it’s loneliness. The early church doesn’t seem to have had this problem. What can we learn from the church in Acts to help us build more community here at ECC?
Early in the Book of Acts the mission of the church became evident to all the apostles. It was a simple and profound mission. The church was and still is sent into the whole world. Let’s think about how we at ECC embrace this sending mission. Reading: Acts 13:1-5
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.
We long to find meaning and significance in being part of something greater than ourselves. What if participating in the ordinary is something extraordinary?
From Acts 2:1-21. They were the same characters–the ones who didn’t understand, who deserted Jesus at the cross…but now things had changed. Though the disciples possessed the same faults and failures from the past, God decided to use them in a mighty way. Is it still true today that God can use us to accomplish his purposes, not because of us but in spite of us? I hope so, don’t you?
This week’s message continues our April emphasis on missions and begins our journey through the Book of Acts with the story of Jesus commissioning his disciples to the ultimate mission – to be his witnesses in all the earth by the power of the Holy Spirit. Josiah explores the impact of this passage on our identity and purpose as the community of Christ today.
Acts 19:23-41. This passage reminds us that the gospel is disturbing: It disrupts and radically changes lives and societies. It calls us to costly repentance, requires us to forsake our idols, and exposes societies’ sin.
Acts 16:11, 16-34. In every circumstance, we have the same choice: how to respond. Will we believe that God is good, that his sovereign grace is present with us even in the difficulties of life? Are we willing to believe this in spite of our circumstance, or will our circumstances determine what we believe? Don’t answer this question too quickly–let it trouble you for a few days as you consider your response.
Acts 15:1-21. A defining characteristic of the church in the book of Acts was that they were a community of Christ-followers who were led by the Spirit. How often do we think of ourselves that way? Shouldn’t this be true of us today as much as it was for the church in the first century?