Stephen’s encounter before the Sanhedrin was a skirmish, a battle within the ongoing march of the gospel. Reading from Acts 7:54-8:3.
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?