God is not a passive reality, like Mt. Everest, waiting scaled by some brave souls wanting to know what it is like. God is a Person who comes looking for us. The Bible teaches us that God created the universe and the human race. He even determined when and where we would live out our lives. And… (more…)
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Today we’re beginning a series entitled “Explore God.” Each week we will answer a different question that people everywhere ask at some time or the other: Does Life Have a Purpose? Is There a God? Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering? Is Christianity Too Narrow? Is Jesus Really God? Is the Bible Reliable? Can I Know God Personally? (more…)
On my recent trip to India our team rode the train on a long journey out to a city where we would be ministering. On our return trip we were on a overnight sleeper train. Unlike trains or subways here in the US, on Indian trains it’s hard to know where you are at any given time. There’s no announcement by the conductor that we are pulling into a particular station. You just have to look out of the window and hope to catch a glimpse of a sign identifying the station where you’re stopping. At night that is virtually impossible. So, on this trip I turned on the GPS on my phone to find out exactly where we were on the journey so I would know when we arrived. And sure enough, on the other side of the world Apple Maps found us. There was that little blue dot showing me exactly where we were on the journey.
We need that kind of orientation in life as persons, as families and as a church. Where are we on the journey God has for us as a church? Let’s open our Bibles to Numbers 13. In the Bible we see God has His people on a journey, and He’s always with His people. Every church has a past and a future along this journey. And it’s important from time to time to pull out God’s GPS to ask Him to show us where we are on the journey. Where have we been? Where are we going? How will we get there? (more…)
“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” My desire today is to open up the Scriptures in a way that your faith in God will be increased … that you will see that all things are possible with God. I want you to see that there is hope for your broken marriage … hope for your bleak financial situation … hope in the face of a devastating illness … hope that with God all things are possible. (more…)
Open your Bibles with me to Acts 9 where we have the record of the conversion of one of the most important people in Christian history … a man named Saul. Just to review, Saul of Tarsus was, for all practical purposes, a Jewish hatchet man. His passion in life was to destroy the reputation and the followers of Jesus Christ. He had received special permission from the High Priest in Jerusalem to go all the way to Damascus (in modern day Syria) to find believers there, arrest them and bring them back to jail in Jerusalem. (more…)
Here in Acts 9 we read for the first time of the salvation experience of one of the most important figures in the Christian faith … Saul of Tarsus, later to be known as the Apostle Paul. In Acts 7 we read about the death of the bold witness Stephen who was stoned to death for proclaiming Jesus … the first Christian martyr. And in one simple sentence we’re introduced to Saul for the first time when it says that the men who killed Stephen laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul, meaning he’s personally involved. Acts 8 says that this so stirred up Saul that he launched a one-man crusade to destroy the church as he found believers and dragged them off to prison. There are three different accounts in Acts of Saul’s conversion and here in Acts 9 we have the first. Let’s read Acts 9:1-9. (more…)
Open your Bibles to Acts 8:26. We’re studying the book of Acts which is the message of God’s unstoppable quest to change the world through the Gospel of His Son Jesus Christ. We see in that Acts 8 persecution can’t stop the Gospel. Believers just go somewhere else to proclaim the message of Jesus. Ethnic barriers can’t stop it. A guy named Philip takes the Gospel to the most unlikely place … Samaria. And here in the last part of Acts 8 another cultural barrier collapses in the face of the Gospel. A man from Ethiopia in Africa hears the Gospel and is saved. This is the business of God, and it must be our business as well.
We’re studying the book of Acts in the NT. It’s the message of how God is unstoppable in His quest to change the world through the Gospel of His Son Jesus Christ. It’s also the message of how we are unstoppable as we live in the irrepressible power of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel is unstoppable, no matter what ethnic, cultural or language barriers may exist. In Acts 8 persecution can’t stop the Gospel. Believers just go somewhere else to proclaim the message of Jesus. Ethnic barriers can’t stop it. A guy named Philip takes the Gospel to the most unlikely place … Samaria. And here in the last part of Acts 8 another cultural barrier collapses in the face of the Gospel. A man from Ethiopia in Africa hears the Gospel and is saved. Jesus told His disciples, “You’ll be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth” And God’s unstoppable quest is marching on, even to this day. (more…)
Let’s open our Bibles to Acts 8:9. We’re talking about God’s unstoppable quest to get the Gospel to everyone. Last week we saw how God used persecution to force believers like Philip to leave Jerusalem to go to a very unlikely place … a town in Samaria. And there he proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ. In the next verses we see how the Gospel impacted this city. (more…)
Let’s open our Bibles to Acts 8. Over the next several weeks I want to bite off another chunk of the book of Acts. Last Fall I began the series from Acts entitled “Unstoppable … Living in the Irrepressible Power of the Holy Spirit.” God is on an unstoppable quest. Jesus came, lived, died and rose again to change lives. God is on an unstoppable quest to get this message out. And the mystery of His grace is that He plans to include us in His quest. The Book of Acts shows us how this unstoppable quest of God unfolds through ordinary people who are unstoppable through the power of the Spirit. (more…)