Messages on Acts
If the disciples had remained focused on looking for Jesus they would never have spread the good news throughout the world. Do we spend our time looking up, waiting for Jesus’ return, or are we engaged in the world and taking Jesus everywhere we go?
We are easily distracted from our focus on God’s plan and will for our lives. Like the Romans, we may be worshiping an “unknown” god or allowing the world to pull us away form worship of the living God. This season of isolation is a good time to reorient yourself and your priorities.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.
The day Jesus was crucified is powerful, this end of the Passion Week, but it is that morning, three days later, which changed the world. That was the moment when God proved his love, proved that he, and he alone, can overcome death – and forgive our sins.
The Nicene Creed is important because it grounds us into one of the essentials of faith; the Holy Trinity. It spells out the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the nature of God and the Holy Spirit and the co-equal nature and unity of God. It is a way for us to understand how God interacts and to see his character in human terms.
Acts 1:8, John 15:4-5, Romans 5:8 Making Disciples in the Wesleyan tradition means that it is practical and accountable. Practical in that we are engaged in the world in good works and sharing the gospel of Jesus and accountable in that we are engaged in small groups where we encourage, pray, study, and hold one another accountable. Wesley, through his formation of the “Holy Club” developed a way to be practical in faith, not just in worship and the sacraments.…
Acts 26:26-29 The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. Message Text Message Study Guide “Charity begins at home but should not end there.” Thomas Fuller Let us gather our gifts together andoffer them to God in gratitude and praise. Make your donation today! Watch the entire service here: 8:00 am Message 9:00 am Service …
When God disrupts our lives, it’s always to our benefit if we cooperate even if it becomes difficult to celebrate in the midst of adversity.
Good works are not our way into God’s favor or our way to salvation but they are our response to God’s gift to us.
This Sunday, we join the first disciples of the risen and living Christ to celebrate and reflect upon the Church’s Birthday. As we do we remember that Faith and Peace, Fellowship & Love, Prayers and Service to Others in His name built the first church and remain critical today to our JOY as the living, vibrant Body of Christ. throughout the world.