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.
As Paul and Silas are run out of two more towns for their Gospel proclamation what can we learn from their experience? Their focus on the end goal of obedience to God-winning the prize-is what carries them through trials of all kinds. For their persecution was foretold by their Savior, and looking to the example set by Jesus gave them all the motivation they needed to keep plugging along-and it's the same for us today.
We are finishing up Acts 16 tonight by looking at verses 25-40. In these verses we find Paul & Silas in prison praying and singing late into the night. Supernatural events then take over the story from there with an earthquake shaking the prison and freeing the prisoners to the jailer and his family being saved through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We will zero in on the idea of rejoicing tonight and the joy of the Christian as it is found in this story and in the book of Philippians. Join us as we walk through this important passage.
Tonight we are looking at Acts 16:16-24 where Paul & Silas run into a spirit possessed slave girl. In tonight's passage we see the effects of sin and the reaction to sin being exposed. Our text tonight encourages us to look at how sin works in our lives today and what our reaction to our own sin should be. Walk with us through this exciting passage.
Tonight we will be looking at Acts 15:36 - 16:15. In these verses Paul begins his second missionary journey. Our passage tonight begins some conflict and then quickly moves to Paul & Silas' departure. In our passage tonight we will be looking at what we have learn from Paul in terms of mission. We are all called to be missionaries and there is much for us to learn from Paul's methodology and motivation for mission. Join us as we walk through these verses in Acts.
Tonight we look at the second half of the Jerusalem Council narrative in Acts 15. Last week we focused on the idea that understanding the Old Testament Law leads us to a greater understanding of grace. Tonight we focus on how a better understanding of grace leads us back to the Law of God. We focus tonight on the truth that the more we understand grace the more we will love God and that the more we love God the more we will long to be obedient to His commands. Our right understanding of God's commands today flows from our love and affection for God through the Gospel. Join us as we walk through the rest of this story and continue to unpack this important topic.
Tonight we begin Acts 15 and the meeting of the Jerusalem Council. At this integral meeting the primary question that was asked is "How are we saved?" Are we saved through faith alone or through the works of The Law? This was a landmark conversation with enormous implications. In this first part we will deal with Law & Grace and the necessity of both for the joy of the Christian. Tonight we look at how The Law leads us to grace and that we should joyfully have a proper understanding of The Law so that we can experience the fullness of God's grace. Join us as we walk through the beginning verses of Acts 15.