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?
Acts 12:1-16. This message is a look at Peter’s situation in prison and the people praying for him. Do we really have faith that our prayers matter?
Acts 10:9-23. Diversity in the body of Christ (mentioned even in ECC’s Values Statement) is not something we created–it is something we inherited from Scripture and the history of the church. It all started in Acts 10, our text for this Sunday morning. Let’s think about the implications of this text together!
Acts 6:1-7. The dramatic growth of the church early in Acts led to the appointing of assistants who would take care of physical needs and help others “find their place” in the body of Christ. Are you on that path of spiritual formation, contributing to life in the body of Christ? What is your role?
The universal truth concerning Jesus Christ does not change, but perhaps the message is different when it is delivered in a variety of contexts. For instance, the evangelistic message of Peter at Pentecost (Acts 2) was different than the message of Paul at Mars Hill (Acts 17). Please think with us about how the Gospel is both universally true and culturally diverse.
Acts 2:14-24, 36-41. The good news about Jesus Christ is for everyone but the proclamation of the good news is always delivered in a particular context. Does this affect the message or just the delivery of the message? Surely the universal truth concerning Jesus Christ does not change but perhaps the message is different when it is delivered in
Acts 9:1-19. Join us in exploring the story of Paul’s conversion from chief persecutor of the church to champion of the church, and consider with us the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives and the lives of the people around us.
Acts 4:13-31. Jesus’ disciples embraced a partnership with Jesus while he was with them, and after his death this partnership not only survived but grew at Pentecost into a new awareness of their mission. Their focus on the Gospel was singular, enthusiastic, and fearless because they realized that the mission of God on earth was absolutely indestructible. That gave them incredible courage and it should do the same for us.