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Zack Ruder

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Fellowship Of The Saints

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.  

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Earth-Shaking Prayer

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

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Boldness

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.  

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Jesus, Only Jesus

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.  

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The Blessings of Jesus

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.  

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The Wonder & The Word

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.

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The Model Church

This week we finish Acts 2 by looking at Luke's description of the Christian church.  While we do not see a perfect church in this description we do see a picture of Christ's model church.  There are many things to learn from this description and much that we can try to imitate today.  Join us as we look at this passage and thirteen marks of Christ's Church.  

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The Sermon's Standard

Tonight we conclude studying Peter's sermon on Pentecost by looking at Acts 2:37-41.  In Peter's sermon we see the standard for what all sermons should strive to be and we see God working faithfully through His proclaimed Word.  Join us as we look at Peter's whole sermon and God's active work in the listeners of this first sermon of the New Testament Church.  

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Jesus, Whom You Crucified

Tonight we finish Peter's sermon on Pentecost by looking at Acts 2:22-36.  In these verses Peter aims to convince his Jewish audience that Jesus is truly the Messiah by showing them how God endorses Jesus throughout His life & ministry.  Peter's hope is that this Jewish audience will be persuaded by the fact that the God they worship has affirmed and endorsed Jesus as both Lord & Christ.  Join us as we look at this amazing sermon and what it teaches us about God the Father's view of the Son and how clearly the Son points to the glory of the Father.  

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In The Last Days

Tonight we begin Peter's sermon on Pentecost by looking at Acts 2:14-21.  In these first few verses of his sermon Peter quotes the prophet Joel about the coming of the last days.  In these words we see what the focus of the last days will be and what this means for the church then and now.  Join us as we begin looking at the first sermon of the Christian Church.  

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