Tonight we study Acts 24 and Paul’s trial before Governor Felix. In Paul’s defense he mentions that he believes in the resurrection of the just and the unjust. We will look at what Scripture teaches about the resurrection of the dead and the doctrine’s implications for us today.
We are finishing up Acts 23 tonight by studying Acts 23:12-35. In this passage we find Paul learning of an assassination plot against him and as a result being shipped off to Caesarea to stand trial before Governor Felix. For us, there seems to be little that we can relate to in a story like this. Upon a closer look, though, we should understand that we do face a situation that is actually much more serious than what the Apostle Paul was facing here in Acts 23. Join us as we look at the situation we find ourself in and how our gracious God has acted and provided for us in amazing ways.
Tonight we look at Acts 22:23 - 23:11. Things for Paul continue to get worse in Jerusalem as he once again is nearly killed. At the end of our passage, when Paul is alone, likely despairing in his prison cell, Jesus visits him and offers the necessary encouragement to press on. These encouragements are rooted in the promises we are offered in the Gospel. Join us as we look at this sweet encouragement for Paul and how it offers to us the same encouragement today.
Tonight we look at Acts 21:27 - 22:22. In these verses Paul is attacked by a Jewish mob, arrested by the Roman tribune and makes a public defense to the Jewish people. In this expansive narrative we see the courage of the Apostle Paul. For many, this is a courageous faith that is desirable. As we look at these verses we want to see if there are clues to how Paul had a courageous faith. Join us as we walk through these powerful verses.
Tonight we finish Acts 20 by looking at verses 17-38. In these verse Paul has a farewell conversation with the Ephesian Elders. In this conversation he puts himself forward as an example for them to follow and gives them some foundational instructions as they seek to lead the church in Ephesus well. In the middle of Paul’s address he lets them know that his life compared to being faithful to Christ’s mission is worth nothing. We will focus on the idea of being a faithful people and desiring faithfulness to God more than we value our own lives.
Tonight we look at Acts 20:1-16, which focuses primarily on Paul’s trip to Troas. In this brief account we see a church that is hungry. They are hungry for worship and to study the Word of God. They are hungry for Christian fellowship. In Troas we find a small Christian community that is hungry for Jesus and in them we find what should be marks of regenerate Christian men and women. Join us as we walk through this story and find a church that is worth emulating.
Tonight we are studying Acts 19:21-41 and the riot in Ephesus that ensued due to the spread of the Gospel. It becomes clear in these verses that the Gospel was changing people’s lives and because of this changing the culture. This passage points to the issue of idolatry and its prevalence among the Ephesian people. We have much in common with this cultural norm of idolatry, so we will look at how idolatry existed then and now and how the Gospel speaks into this important topic.
We look at Acts 19:1-20 tonight. In this passage Paul comes to the city of Ephesus to begin a two-year work with the Ephesian people. In Luke’s account we find God moving in powerful and supernatural ways through Paul’s ministry. Luke’s primary emphasis, though, as he ends this account is that God’s Word prevailed powerfully in Ephesus. What do we have to learn about the prevailing power of God’s Word through this Ephesian ministry? Join us as we look at this important passage.
Tonight we finish Acts 18 by looking at verses 18-28. In this text we find Paul concluding his second missionary journey and beginning his third. We are also introduced to a man named Apollos who will prove to be an integral figure in the early church, particularly in Corinth. In Luke’s description of Apollos and his ministry we find an interesting and important phrase in Luke’s description of the Corinthian believers: “who through grace believed.” This phrase gives us beautiful insight into a proper understanding of the Gospel and God’s work of grace within the Gospel. Join us as explore this topic and some of the foundational Doctrines of Grace.
Tonight we look at Paul's sermon on Mars Hill in Acts 17:16-34. In this powerful passage we find Paul teaching explicitly about who our God is. As Paul unfolds to the Athenians that God is creator, sustainer and ordainer we will hone in on the notion that our God is a servant. Paul clearly tells us that God is not served by us and that He needs nothing from us. Yet, in His sovereign grace, our God pursues and serves us through the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. Join us as we work through these stirring verses.