Sunday, 29 July 2012
Acts 17 shows Paul speaking to the Jewish culture, and then, famously, to the Greek culture. This is Paul at the Aeropagus, debating and instructing the Greek philosophers. What's fascinating is his ability to speak to them in their terms, through their worldview, to explain God and Christ. We'll learn how we can do the same thing in our culture today.
Sunday, 22 July 2012
Acts 16 contains several small, important vignettes showing life as a missionary, plus one famous story - Paul and Silas in prison. We see: 1. Adding staff; 2. Spiritual warfare (including an actual spirit); 3. Opposition; 4. Persecution; 5. Asking for trouble. Each one is worthy of a message - but we'll cover the whole chapter in less than 40 minutes!
Sunday, 08 July 2012
Successful people draw crowds. It was true in the 1st century, and it's still true today. Joel Osteen, Robert Schuller, Benny Hinn, Rick Warren, the list goes on. (I'll stop before I start having to step over dead bodies). There is a natural human tendency, in the presence of great success, to move from "respect" to "awe" to "worship." Paul and Barnabas had this problem. Solving it almost cost them their lives! Be careful who you worship!
Sunday, 01 July 2012
When we share Christ (if we share Christ), we like to condense the message into something clear, short, and easy. "Just ask Jesus into your heart." "Just believe Jesus is the Son of God." "Just have faith." That's the tipoff - we want the gospel to be "just" simple and easy. Paul has a different approach. He often starts his "gospel presentation" with Moses or Abraham! Talk about "getting all historical!" Let's learn how Paul explains salvation in Christ to a mixed audience - Jews and Gentiles.
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Have you ever escaped certain disaster? What was it? How did it happen? Did it seem as though you were lucky, or delivered by an angel? The Apostle Peter had a harrowing experience. Find out what you and Peter have in common.