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.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is at the heart of the adventures described in the Acts of the Apostles. But who is the Holy Spirit, and what is His purpose? A lot of times the things we apply as “spirit-led living” have absolutely nothing to do with what He really does in our hearts and the character that we are supposed to have. Message delivered 10/18/09.
The Acts of the Apostles reveals the life of the Holy Spirit in everyday life. In it we see 30-some years in however many pages, and often we think that’s what they did every day … woke up and did miracles. But if we will let the Holy Spirit minister in our lives to empower us to do things for Him, rather than expect Him to just give us stuff or make us feel good, we will make a difference in our world. Message delivered 10/11/09.
Who were the people in the book of Acts? What were they all about? Often we look at them and think they’re different from us, that somehow God’s call on them was more important than on us. Nothing could be further from the truth, as we’ll examine in this message series called “Uncommon adventures for common men and women.” Part 1 delivered 10/4/09.