Tonight we conclude our series through the book of Acts by studying Acts 28:17-31. In these final verses of Luke’s account we see that Luke’s focus in squarely on the Gospel and its proclamation. This puts in view for us what has been truly important for Luke throughout his entire history of the early church. As we look at these verses we will see how the triumph and advancement of the Gospel is what was most important then and continues to be most important now. Also, we will see how this triumph is due entirely to the work of our sovereign God who always fulfills His promises.
Tonight we look at the first half of Acts 28. In these first 16 verses we find Luke pointing to the provision of God in various ways. Luke also highlights Paul’s faith and generosity. Join us as we walk through this passage and look specifically at these themes and how they challenge us as God’s children.
Tonight we study Acts 27 and Luke’s account of Paul’s journey by boat to Rome. In this tumultuous story we find great detail on Luke’s part in his descriptive account and great confidence in Paul’s posture to the storm that they encounter. Paul’s posture of confidence seems to be rooted in his understanding that he belongs to God. Join us as we discuss this passage and the idea that who we belong to makes all the difference when we encounter the storms that life throws at us.
Tonight we are studying Acts 25:1-1. In these verses we find Paul having a discussion with the new governor of Judea, Festus. While his conversation is brief and ends with an appeal to Caesar we get a glimpse of Paul’s posture toward death. Why is it that Paul is comfortable with the idea of death? Should all Christians be comfortable with death? Join us as we explore these questions in order to have a more God-exalting posture of death and all that the Gospel has accomplished for us.
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.