So many times in our lives, it is traditions that we have put in place, or simply chosen to follow, that wall us off from what God wants us to do. The common men and women in the Book of Acts did extraordinary things because they chose to obey God rather than traditions. Message delivered 1/24/10.
For reasons probably stemming from a desire for security and comfort, we become surrounded by cultural, religious, emotional and habitual barriers. But the examples of Jesus with the Samaritan Woman in John 4 and Peter’s visit to the house of Cornelius show God’s radical disinterest in such things. Message delivered 1/17/10.
Why do we need to pray? And if we do need to, how can we make the transition from prayer being some kind of religious duty to an essential part of our character? Message delivered 1/3/10
This message on the uncommon adventures of common people in the Book of Acts focuses on Saul’s conversion. Saul started out persecuting The Way and trying to stamp it out, but ended up writing most of the New Testament. How did that happen? Because he recognized authority and was not afraid to obey, God did amazing things in his life. Message delivered 12/13/09
Was the ministry of Steven a success? He preached, got dragged into court, and was stoned to death. But his life showed how it’s not up to us to decide in everything what is success and what isn’t. It’s up to us to get to know God, to hang on, to follow after him, to be obedient to him in every situation and to love each. Then, whatever happens … happens. Quit looking at things having to be what you want them to be for you to be happy about your life. Message delivered 12/06/09.
The Thanksgiving message comes from Acts 5 and the story of Ananias ans Sapphira, who did NOT have thankful hearts. They didn’t think they had “enough” and so lied to God. But the apostles had a perspective that went beyond their circumstances for God using their life. And through their obedience, no matter what happened, because of their obedience they were able to be thankful. Message delivered 11/22/09.
It’s not easy to put ourselves into a position where we are vulnerable about our faith. But we are called to put ourselves in a position where God can be strong on our behalf. Acts 4 tells about Peter and John before the Jewish elders after healing the crippled man in the temple court. Luke makes it very clear that their boldness was a result of being filled by the Holy Spirit. Message delivered 11/15/09.
Most of the things God is calling us to are things we’ve never done, so we can’t evaluate whether we want to trust God based on our experience. What marked the people in the Book of Acts was their willingness to let the Holy Spirit lead and empower them to do what God was calling them to. Message delivered 11/8/09.
What’s important about being baptized in the Holy Spirit? Not speaking in unknown tongues! It’s about personal character defined by love and power. Message delivered 11/1/09.
The previous messages in this series explored how it was the ministry of the Holy Spirit that turned ordinary people into the heroes of the Book of Acts. When it comes to the Holy Spirit, the church has sometimes been guilty of trying to make God more real than He is. And as a reaction, some of of the church has been afraid of letting Him work. But the Holy Spirit is practical, not goofy. Message delivered 10/25/09.