5. SauL: The Man, The Message, The Mission
Feb 16 -- Acts 9:1-16. "Saul is my chosen instrument..." When we first meet Saul, he's clearly a man on a mission, but all of his passions and efforts are being applied to the destruction of the Early Church. But when Saul met Jesus, he understood that he'd been created to be a part of something much bigger. For the rest of his life, he'd bring the Gospel message out into the world as one of the first missionaries. As we reflect on the transformation that took place in Saul's life, we should consider how the same Gospel should move us out on mission as well.
4. upsetting the apple cart
Feb 2 -- Acts 6:8 – 8:3. For His purposes, God often changes things that we start. Sometimes He “upsets the apple cart.” God is changeless; but not necessarily predictable… He changes things up! This message shows how God was doing that right from the start in the Church. While Jesus’ disciples were experiencing a strong, healthy, and growing community of believers in Jerusalem, God dispersed and pushed Jesus’ church outward to Antioch and elsewhere. The Church and the unchanging Good News with which we are entrusted are for us and our benefit, but we need to be mindful all the time, that they are intended for the rest of the world, as well. We are missional in purpose. Same things apply today. Feeling comfortable? Hang on!
3. More Than Anything else
Jan 19 -- What is the one thing you do more than anything else? That thing says something important about you… something about your priorities and something you practice enough to be good at it. This message explores and exposes the one big thing that the early church did more than anything else according to the Book of Acts. The message reveals it; and exposes a model with 4 elements for us to consider in our church and lives today. Your guess? You’ll have to listen to find the answer… Hint: This message follows well with the “show and tell” elements of last week’s sermon, and reveals how God responded… to this one repeated thing they practiced and the specific model exposed in Acts 4.
2. Show & Tell
Jan 12 -- Acts 4:1-21 - The thing about the disciples that stuck out the most to the priest and leaders…they had been with Jesus. It's almost ironic, as just a short time before, Peter vehemently denied even knowing Jesus when he was confronted outside of the same Priest's house. And while accusations were made, at that time the people couldn't be sure. But something had dramatically changed for Peter and John - where it had once been uncertain, it was now CLEAR that they had been with Jesus - their boldness and willingness to stand for the Gospel stand in contrast to their timidity just a short time before. Verse 8 notes their being "filled with the Holy Spirit" giving us a clue as to what the key difference seemed to be. People who have been with Jesus in this way (whom Jesus is also with) respond to the transformational message of the Gospel which leads them to live lives that show and tell the Gospel to the world.
1. What's faith got to do with it?
Jan 5 -- The miracle of healing reported in Acts 3, along with Peter's message explaining it, resulted in more than 2,000 people being added to the Church. Miracles are difficult to understand, because they are supernatural. God can heal. He is supernatural. Sometimes he chooses to heal; while other times He does not. What does faith have to do with it? What part do we play in this process? This Scripture helps us understand more about miracles and how Jesus is involved in these supernatural phenomenon. This message exposes 7 factors found in Acts 3 that are important to be acknowledged during a supernatural process that is controlled by God.