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.
As Saul persecutes the church the early Christians leave Jerusalem to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. Philip's testimony brought great joy to the Samaritans, but what was it that he told them? Why was that message good news? Why is that same message good news for us today?
Tonight we come to the end of Acts 7 and the story of our first Christian martyr. As Stephen comes to the end of his life we see his confidence and fortitude as he faces death. We also find him getting a glimpse of God's glory and an opportunity to put Jesus on display to all watching before he goes to meet his Savior in glory. Join us as we look at this story and the topic of death in order that we might understand what means to die well and have a Biblical, Christ-centered understanding of death.
Tonight we look at the entirety of Stephen's sermon before the high priest and the council. In Stephen's sermon we find him turning the tables on the council and accusing them of what they've accused him of. Stephen provides a brief history of the Israelite people, showing their pattern of rejecting God's chosen deliverers and their pride in their own achievements rather than God's. Join us as we look at two primary messages that we learn from Stephen's sermon and how these messages shape how we respond the Gospel.