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.
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.
Luke 24:36-53. A look at Jesus’ interaction with the disciples when he appears to them after the resurrection. How do the ways he encourages them relate to our situation?
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.
Acts 2:42-47. Together, in community, we are called by God to care for each other and our community. Don’t stay on the fringe–you were made for community! Our lives together, our bearing of each others burdens, communal worship, and our witness to the world are all part of God’s purpose for us. Let us be good stewards of this community and God’s call to be missional people.
Nehemiah 1:1-11. Pastor Bob is back in the pulpit this week to begin a three-part series, Lessons from the Exile, that will wrap up our summer series, Characters of the Bible. Consider with us how important it was for Nehemiah to prepare for a mission through an honest prayer and what we can take away from this as we together wait for the coming of the new age.