Tonight we will be looking at Acts 15:36 - 16:15. In these verses Paul begins his second missionary journey. Our passage tonight begins some conflict and then quickly moves to Paul & Silas' departure. In our passage tonight we will be looking at what we have learn from Paul in terms of mission. We are all called to be missionaries and there is much for us to learn from Paul's methodology and motivation for mission. Join us as we walk through these verses in Acts.
Tonight we look at the second half of the Jerusalem Council narrative in Acts 15. Last week we focused on the idea that understanding the Old Testament Law leads us to a greater understanding of grace. Tonight we focus on how a better understanding of grace leads us back to the Law of God. We focus tonight on the truth that the more we understand grace the more we will love God and that the more we love God the more we will long to be obedient to His commands. Our right understanding of God's commands today flows from our love and affection for God through the Gospel. Join us as we walk through the rest of this story and continue to unpack this important topic.
Tonight we begin Acts 15 and the meeting of the Jerusalem Council. At this integral meeting the primary question that was asked is "How are we saved?" Are we saved through faith alone or through the works of The Law? This was a landmark conversation with enormous implications. In this first part we will deal with Law & Grace and the necessity of both for the joy of the Christian. Tonight we look at how The Law leads us to grace and that we should joyfully have a proper understanding of The Law so that we can experience the fullness of God's grace. Join us as we walk through the beginning verses of Acts 15.
In Acts 14 we see Paul continuing and eventually finishing his first missionary journey. In these quick hits of several of the cities that Paul visits and establishes churches in we find Paul & Barnabas pursuing faithful ministry. We see the regular preaching of the Word, significant persecution toward the message of the Gospel and church growth by the grace of God. Join us as we walk through Paul's visits and find what God might teach us about what it looks like for us to continue to pursue faithful ministry today.
As we bring Acts 13 to a close by looking at verses 44-52 we find Paul & Barnabas spending another Sabbath day in Pisidian Antioch. They continue to proclaim the Word of the Lord and they see God working through this to bring Gentiles to a saving faith. As the Gentiles respond to the Gospel we also see division attempting to be sown by Jews in the area. Join us as we walk through these verses and understand more Luke's intent in reporting these events and how they speak into our current church culture today.
Tonight, we diverge from the book of Acts to study the topic of the Fear of God. In this sermon we look to the book of 1 Samuel for insight into who God is and how He will faithfully uphold his name despite any circumstances that man throws his way. We also consider who we are as humans in comparison to our Holy God and what He expects of his creation; namely his beloved children in Christ.
The scripture readings for this sermon were not captured in the audio recording, so for your reference here they are:
Tonight we begin the third section Luke's historical account of the early Church. In Acts 13:1-12 we find Paul beginning the first of his missionary journeys by heading to Cyprus from Antioch. As we begin this section we will discuss the idea of missions and how we as a church can have a stronger heart for the mission of God. Join us as we begin this new section of the book of Acts.
We stay in Acts 12:20-25 for one more week as we attempt to make very practical what we preached on last week. Last week we developed the idea that God's primary purpose and desire is the glory of His own name. This being true we must now ask the question, "So what?" What does this mean for our everyday lives? Tonight we will walk through 10 practical things in our daily lives that are effected by this truth. Join us as we seek to implement these deep truths from God's Word.
As we conclude Chapter 12 of Acts we come to story of Herod's death. In this short account that wraps up the second section of Luke's history of the early church we find one of the foundational truths of all of Scripture - that God is jealous for the glory of His own name. From the beginning of Scripture to the end this resounding theme is found. God always acts for the sake of His own name. From His creation of man to His forming of the Israelite people to His sending of His Son to the cross to the forgiveness of sin that He grants to His people God is always acting in order that His name be most glorified. Join us as we discuss this important truth and discover how if effects our entire Christian walk.
Why pray? Does it change anything? Doesn't God already know what He's going to do? These are normal questions that we've all asked when it relates to how prayer and God's sovereignty work together. In tonight's passage, Acts 12:1-19, we find a story where we see God working through the ordinary means of His people to do extraordinary things. God, in His sovereignty, not only ordains the ends but also the means by which those ends are met. In this passage we find that one of those means is often time prayer. Join us as we look at this amazing story and see what we can learn about faithful prayer in the church.