Acts 13 – Microcosm In Acts 13, we have an account of the ministry in the church at Antioch, including Paul and Barnabas and their call of the Holy Spirit. These men seemed to have had a broad spectrum of backgrounds, which is a good indication of the mixture of individuals in the church itself….
Worthy to Suffer Shame And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. ~Acts 5:41 How can we develop such an attitude as to view suffering for the sake of Christ as something worthy, something valuable; a blessing even?
Some Basic Truths From time to time, its needful to go back and be reminded of, or re-establish ourselves in the truths that form the foundation of our doctrine. These truths are critical to a better understanding of our relationship with God, the work of Christ, the life to come, and many other basic doctrines….
We Ought to Obey God Under threat from the authorities to stop preaching in the name of Jesus Christ, the Apostles exclaimed “we ought to obey God rather than men”. Each of us would like to think we would have the courage to say the same. But what about more practical matters? What about the…
As the Lord poured out His Spirit upon the church, the multitudes began to rejoice, but the rulers were filled with indignation.
Acts – United Against Opposition “And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord…” Acts 4:24
Acts – Expectations and Results Peter and John didn’t give the lame man what he was expecting, but what the Apostles did give him resulted in a city being turned upside down. The miracle caused the people to wonder and rejoice. The message enraged the religious rulers. What results are we expecting from the preaching of the gospel?
Acts Simplicity Truth Those who became disciples in the early church were described as having gladly received the preaching of the gospel. They rejoiced in the simple truths they heard. They continued steadfastly in those simple truths. What has changed over the centuries? There are so many complicated and contradictory and confusing messages out there. Listen in…
Pricked in the Heart The message of the gospel either pricks in the heart or it cuts to the heart. How the heart is affected by the message depends on whether or not the Spirit of God has already changed the heart. If the message pricks the heart, it is because the heart has already been made…