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Acts: The Perpetual Power of the Gospel
Sun, Jul 16, 2017
Passage: Acts 23:1-11
Duration: 40 mins 4 secs
This week’s passage finds Paul beaten, bound, and thrown into jail. It is likely that Paul, under those circumstances, was questioning whether or not he would once again be able to publicly preach the gospel of Christ. However, in the midst of these hardships, Jesus comes to Paul and tells him to “Take courage,” and that he would indeed preach the gospel message in Rome. What is striking is the authority with which Jesus speaks; that what he said was certain to happen. Does Jesus speak to us today in a similar way? Does he still speak with the same authority? And if so, how can I know if I can trust his authority?
Guest Speaker, Tony Giles
Sun, Jul 09, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 5:1-5
Duration: 40 mins 4 secs
Jesus is the True and Good Shepherd who continues to extend his love for his bride through the vital role of under-shepherds he appoints for the flourishing of his church. In this passage, we will examine one of the clearest pictures of those essential relationships through the lens of the life and writings of Peter.
Acts: The Perpetual Power of the Gospel
Sun, Jul 02, 2017
Passage: Acts 21:1-14
Duration: 39 mins 25 secs
We try in vain to fit Jesus and the Gospel into our own pre-existing kingdoms as we wage a prayerful and perpetual Battle of Wills with God. We see life from our limited and emotional point of view, which leads us to fight against his path and even accuse him of either being out of control or, even worse, unloving. God is slowly revealing that he is wise enough to know what is best, loving enough to desire what is best and powerful enough to do what is best, even if it makes no sense to us. In all of this he is revealing his perfectly beautiful re-creation while miraculously using darkness to bring out His light and glory. When we are in the heat of our Battle of Wills, we actually have an opportunity to develop faith and dependence as we honestly confess to him our fears and frustrations while pleading with him to change our faith from the inside so we can pray along with Jesus “Not my will but yours be done.”
Acts: The Perpetual Power of the Gospel
Sun, Jun 25, 2017
Passage: Acts 20:24
Duration: 31 mins 24 secs
We are all in an endless pursuit to achieve a life of value, but what constitutes value (i.e. family, accomplishments, security, accolades) is perpetually elusive. Once we get to that “rung”, endless more rungs appear. Contrary to our culture and pursuits, a life of infinite and fulfilling value is actually a gift offered by Jesus, the Man of Value. This gift is perfectly free, but has a great cost: us giving him our futile efforts toward self-glory. However, once received, we are set free from the tyrannical and murderous dictator of self-achieved-value, and set free to live a life that testifies to the goodness of Jesus.
Guest Speaker, Patrick Lafferty
Sun, Jun 18, 2017
Passage: Luke 7:36-50
Duration: 39 mins 50 secs
Patrick Lafferty is the Lead Pastor Candidate recommendation; unanimously decided upon by our Pastor Search Team and has the endorsement of the Session.
Acts: The Perpetual Power of the Gospel
Sun, Jun 11, 2017
Duration: 30 mins 28 secs
Upon arriving in Athens, Paul finds what one commentator describes as, “a veritable forest of idols.” Out of a love for the people of Athens, Paul engages and comforts them by saying that what they refer to as “the unknown god,” Paul has come to make known. And in fact, this Creator “is actually not far from each one of us.” Just like the Athenians, our lives can often resemble a forest of idols. And with each idol, we try to satisfy a profound need that only the gospel of Jesus Christ can meet. Our hope, just as Paul told the Athenians, is that the God of the universe has made himself known in the person of Christ and he is indeed not far from each of us.
Acts: The Perpetual Power of the Gospel
Sun, Jun 04, 2017
Duration: 31 mins 57 secs
Things are not the way they seem. The Gospel turns this world utterly upside down. The Philippian Jailer is actually the prisoner; the marginalized of society are elevated; life and light are found in the darkness of death; the typical places to which we run for hope and life (relationships, accomplishments, material things) leave us thirstier than when we started while the greatest rejected man in history, Jesus himself, is the one who includes us into the very thing we’ve longed for our whole lives, which leads us to love the way we’ve been loved.
Acts: The Perpetual Power of the Gospel
Sun, May 28, 2017
Passage: Acts 16:1-19
Duration: 39 mins 19 secs
What is God’s will for my life? Where should I go and what should I do? Either overtly or covertly we all ask these questions in the effort to make the most of our lives. We see in this passage how God mysteriously, purposefully and successfully blocks and opens paths as he uses broken people to bring hope and healing to the most shocking and diverse people and places. This simultaneously draws us into awe of God and his power as well as bold humility as we see him changing the world through us.
Acts: The Perpetual Power of the Gospel
Sun, May 21, 2017
Duration: 48 mins 6 secs
It is impossibly hard to wrap our brains and hearts around the absolute freeness and freedom of the Gospel. Jesus came to rescue us with no effort or qualification whatsoever on our part (except the qualification of being utterly disqualified). Our saved status and intimacy with Him is maintained and even grown through his effort and his grace. This allows no room to boast in our supposed personal holiness, nor room to demand others anything but knowing Christ and him crucified. Salvation from beginning to end, all the way until He returns, is “Jesus Plus Nothing”.
Acts: The Perpetual Power of the Gospel
Sun, May 14, 2017
Passage: Acts 14:8-23
Duration: 30 mins 57 secs
The brokenness of creation is readily obvious and universally pervasive, overtaking the physical world, our relationships and, most especially, our spirituality. We aren’t designed for this curse we’ve earned, which leaves us scrambling for a cure. The good news is that, in the middle of our darkest, God’s hope breaks through in two ways. Firstly, He gives everybody “common grace” where he gives us “rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness” as a gracious blessing to us as well as a witness to draw us to the gift-giver and the offer of the second and deeper hope: God’s “Saving Grace.” Common Grace is the temporary appetizer and witness for the fully satisfying permanent Saving Grace where the Father put our curse on Jesus in order to utterly reverse the brokenness and re-create us to himself.
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