We believe that verse by verse Biblical teaching is the best way to feed growing Christians. We are currently in a series “Acts of the Sent Ones” , going verse by verse through the book of Acts. It is our prayer that as we teach in this fashion, God will reveal the issues in our lives that matter today. He has always been faithful to give us just the right word for every season.
In Ephesus, Paul asked some disciples, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed (or translated, after you believed)?” Every Christian born of the Spirit “has” the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, there is a second general experience with the Holy Spirit, the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” which is not simultaneous with birth in the […]
In Acts 18:24 we are introduced in the narrative to the person of Apollos. He was a Jew. A native of Alexandria who was an educated man and a man of considerable oratory gifts. He was preaching the ‘way of the Lord’ but apparently (vs. 25) he was still lacking some knowledge or truth. That […]
The Apostle Paul ministered to the Areopagus in Athens in a powerful way. He used what they were already familiar with; pointing to inscriptions on objects of their idol worship and quoting their own poets. This he did to springboard proclamation of the gospel and introduction of THE one true God. Similarly, Jesus pointed to […]
After having been stripped, beaten, severely flogged, Paul and Silas were thrown into prison. There they were in an inner cell, their feet fastened in stocks, guarded carefully. The passage says, “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” At their “midnight hour,” […]
Would you rather go on a rugged, outdoor adventure with only a map and a few primitive tools? OR would you trust an experienced, knowledgeable guide who knew all of the territory, obstacles, and special features? The Holy Spirit was promised by Jesus, “to guide you into all the truth”. Listen as we discuss how to […]
When disagreements between the disciples of Jesus Christ happen (and they will) there are two distinct outcomes: Either God will be glorified or God will be shamed. In this account of the dispute between Paul and Barnabas we see God’s purpose come out of what appears on the surface to be a bad situation. In […]
The Holy Spirit draws people to God. He gives Christians the ministry of reconciliation as vehicles in this process. As such, we are a part of a means to an end; many turning to God, by His grace through our faith. However, when the means gets in the way of the end, we make it […]
The strengthening of disciples and the encouragement to stay true to the faith, going into all the world, as well as building local churches; necessitates the appointing of leaders. These leaders, which we will primarily look at are elders, are always plural in Scripture. Elders have the God-given task of caring for the souls given […]
No matter what dynamic our ‘family’ constitutes, we have a responsibility to share our faith, our experiences, our knowledge, and the instruction of the God of the Bible as believers. This mandate is particularly true for that of parents. In Genesis chapter 22, “Father Abraham” is powerfully tested by God concerning his son Isaac; and what may […]
There is something that was build deep into the heart of man that gives him a deep desire to worship God. When God is not present inside of someone they desire to worship someone else or something else. In this account in Acts we see this desire to worship come out in the people of […]
Paul and Barnabas proclaimed the good news of Jesus, urged the people to continue in the grace of God, and gathered the whole city together to hear the word of the Lord. The Jews rejected it and Paul announced that they now will turn to the Gentiles. Verse 48 says, “When the Gentiles heard this, […]
We are all called to serve God’s purpose in our generation. Part of that purpose is assuring a Godly linage. As the Apostle Paul unfolds the Gospel story in the synagogue at Pisidian Antioch, he does so by addressing those who paved the way for Jesus. We serve the same purpose as mothers, fathers, teachers, […]
“But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith.” This account in the book of Acts finds Paul, Barnabas and John in a city called Seleucia and faced with direct opposition to the gospel. How did Paul respond? He responded with boldness […]
What does it mean to be an ‘Antioch Church’? In Acts 13:1-3 we are introduced to a the Antioch Church and from this passage of scripture, one of the missioaries we support, Pastor Buddy Walker shows the characteristics of this church and encourages all of us to be missionaries for Jesus Christ.
On this Resurrection Sunday, we consider the lasting effects of Jesus’ sacrifice and his triumphant resurrection in the life of the person who now lives for Him. His victory over death completed the work that frees us from the tyranny of sin. We are now free! We will also talk about the role that baptism […]
The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever! In our text, Herod, wearing his royal robes, sitting on his throne, and being called a god by the people was struck down by the Lord for not giving praise to God. Our lives self-destruct when we take for our glory, that […]
“Quick, Get Up” Peter heard these words from an angel as he sat between two soldiers, shackled and confined…a prisoner. God does indeed rescue us out of some amazing difficulties, some of our own making and some by the hands of others. In this message we will explore just how God is a God that […]
Grace is the whole of God’s activity toward man. This is unearned and unmerited by man. He cannot achieve a higher status with God, nor can he earn this divine transformation. However, as we talked about last week; ‘grace’ is the divine influence upon the heart, AND it’s reflection in the life of man that […]
When Barnabas arrived in Antioch he “saw the evidence of the grace of God.” What is God’s grace? What is the evidence that can be seen? What does the evidence of grace look like in a believer’s life? The disciples, it is said, were also first called “Christians” in Antioch. What would cause others to […]
God’s word has much to say about what kind of food He intended us to eat. From Genesis through Paul’s writings, we see evidence that God cares about how we care for our body. Follow along as we discuss a Biblical view of diet and nutrition.
gRace Relations – Acts 10 – Peter gets a revelation of God’s plan to rescue and redeem men from all nations, regardless of ethnic backgrounds, skin color, or religious practice.
Peter is called to a room where a woman named Tabitha lay dead. She is surrounded by mourners who, as they cried, showed off the clothing that she had made for them. There isn’t much we know about Tabitha other than she appeared to touch the lives of others with her service and that she […]
Acts 9:21 – All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” Saul’s conversion was complete and total. Can others see the change in us? […]
If Saul of Tarsus who imprisoned and killed Christians can meet Jesus and have his life radically changed, then anyone can– no matter what their past is like! Saul, who was once deceived, now sees clearly. Both physical and spiritual scales fall from his eyes. That day, blinding light pierced into darkness. Saul is the […]