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.
Tonight we are looking at Acts 10:34-11:18. In these verses we find the Holy Spirit falling on Cornelius and his household after Peter preaches to them about Jesus. In these verses we are reminded of what the Holy Spirit's primary role is: to glorify Jesus. With this in mind, Peter's sermon becomes fertile ground for the Spirit to work. Join us as we explore this passage and understand that it is Jesus, and Jesus alone that saves and breaks down the cultural barriers that existed then and now.
Acts 10:9-33 tells the story of Peter's vision of the sheet full of animals. In the landmark moment in the book of Acts we find God communicating in a crystal clear way that the Gospel is meant for all peoples. God communicates to Peter that Peter shouldn't call anything unclean that God has made, challenging Peter's notion that Gentiles are an unclean people. This passage, which transformed Gospel ministry, also challenges all of our prejudices, bigotry and potential racism that exists in our hearts. We are challenged by the Gospel to understand that we are all on equal footing and that there is no room under the Gospel of Jesus Christ for prejudice of any kind. Join us as we walk through this important passage.
We begin Acts 10 this week and the narrative of Cornelius' vision. In this story we see the beginning of God working to open up Gospel ministry to the Gentile people. In these verses we see two great theological points: God's irresistible grace at work and the idea that Jesus alone saves and not our own works. Join us as we look at this story and see these beautiful Gospel truths.
We get back to our series on the Book of Acts this week by looking at Acts 9:32-43. In this passage Luke turns his attention to the apostle Peter and two significant events of healing in his ministry. In these stories we see the power of Christ's name to heal, which also causes us to see Luke's larger intent in these stories: seeing the Gospel as the path to ultimate healing. Join us as we look at these great stories and see how they teach us powerfully the true healing that comes from the Gospel.
This week we sit under the teaching of James, from chapter 1:22-25. In this small excerpt, James gives his readers a call to action; to not just hear the word of God, but to put it into action.
Tonight we look at Acts 9:19-31 and Luke's overarching description of Saul's ministry soon after his conversion. Luke doesn't give us many details about Saul's initial work, but we can see a primary purpose in why Luke is giving us the details that he does include. In these verses we see what a transformed life looks like and begins to do for the Church. Join us as we see the transformation in Saul's life and the impact that makes on Christ's Church.
We are studying Acts 8:9-25 tonight and the story of Simon the Magician. As Philip continues his evangelization of Samaria he comes across a man of great renown named Simon. Simon was performing great wonders, but nothing compared to what Phillip was now doing. Through Philip's preaching many are believing in the Gospel and Simon himself believes and is baptized. Luke's account, though, is not a celebration of another regenerate soul. Rather, Luke is presenting us with a great warning in the midst of the advancement of Christ's Church. Join us as we look at this critically important passage for the Church today.