Tonight we look at Acts 6:8-15. In this passage Stephen is arrested for proclaiming Christ. What we find is that Stephen is accused of preaching Jesus and His promise to destroy the temple. These words of Jesus are a threat to the established Jewish religious system therefore they aim to get rid of Stephen. Stephen seems unmoved by their threats and accusations, which causes us to ask why Stephen would be so committed to these teaching if Jesus. As we explore this tonight we are reminded that what Jesus came to do was replace much of the old Jewish system. Join us as we look at this important passage that will deepen our understanding of the Gospel.
As we finish Acts 5 tonight we find the apostles being brought before the Jewish courts. What follows is an amazing interaction between Peter and the high priest, a brutal response and an amazing reaction by the apostles. Join us as we walk through this amazing story that challenges us to desire Christlikeness in a radical way.
In Acts 5:12-21 we see more displays of God's power through the work of the apostles in the early church. What do we make of spiritual power and these signs and wonders that we find continually throughout the Book of Acts? Does God still work powerfully today? Should the Church still expect God to work in these powerful ways? Join us we study these verses and seek to be a church that pleads for God to move powerfully in and through His people.
Tonight we look at Acts 5:1-11 and the story of Ananias & Sapphira. This haunting story reveals to us a posture of the heart that has clung to worldliness and the fear of man. Luke is clearly contrasting the story of Ananias & Sapphira with the mention of Barnabas at the end of Acts 4. In these two different pictures we see what it looks like for a heart to embrace satisfaction in the Gospel and for a heart to find satisfaction in the world. Join us as we look at both postures and how it challenges us to analyze our own hearts and lives.
Tonight we are looking Acts 4:32-37 and Luke's vivid picture of the early Christian community. In this passage we see what distinguished the early church from other people and the distinct marks of Christian fellowship. Join us as we look at Luke's description and try to learn how the church today must continue to be marked by these same characteristics.
This week we are studying Acts 4:23-31. Just after Peter & John's release from prison they head back to their friends and share with them what has just happened. Upon hearing the news that they have been charged with remaining silent about Jesus the church has one response: PRAY! In our verses for this week we see the church's posture of prayer and we have much that we can learn about what our posture of prayer should be. Join us as we look at this powerful passage
Tonight we look at Acts 4:13-22 and the second half of Peter & John's encounter with the Jewish religious leaders. In tonight's passage we focus on the boldness and faithfulness of Peter & John and how this challenges our own call to be faithful proclaimers of the Gospel. Join us as we look at this intriguing passage and see the confident and faithful boldness of men moved by The Holy Spirit to rest in God's sovereignty.
As we begin Acts 4 we look at the first part of Peter's conversation with the Jewish leaders of the day. In this conversation Peter makes a provocative statement concerning the exclusivity of Jesus Christ. This statement provides the foundation for our Christian faith despite its offensive nature to the culture around us. Join us as we discuss this statement and why we should have confidence in standing of the exclusivity of Jesus and how we can communicate this truth in all love and grace.
Tonight we finish Peter's sermon in Acts 3:17-26. In these final words of his sermon we see Peter, once again, pointing to the person and work of Jesus Christ. His emphasis seems to be on the blessings that come to the people through Jesus. These blessings were part of the covenantal promises that God made with Abraham, so Peter is using the foundation of that covenant to point to Jesus. Join us as we look at five blessings that Jesus brings based on Peter's sermon in Acts 3.
Tonight we move to Acts 3 by looking at the first sixteen verses. In tonight's passage we find the healing of a lame man. In this miraculous event there is much to see, but what is most important is how the event leads to the proclamation of the Word of God. The interconnectedness between the miraculous wonder and proclaimed Word are unmistakable, so join us as we walk through the text and what God has for us tonight.