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.
The Bible makes it very clear that as the people of God we are directed continually to provide for, feed, assist, and preach the gospel to the poor. “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear […]
Everything led up to this. Paul’s citizenship, his missionary journeys, his imprisonment; everything led up to Paul reaching Rome, the epicenter of the Gentile world. God was the master architect orchestrating Paul being on mission for Him. God isn’t just concerned with one man, but all men; that they may know Him. Everything and everyone […]
Neil is Senior Pastor and Lead Elder at Trinity Chapel in Knoxville, TN. He has pastored several churches and is team leader of MasterBuilders, a network of New Testament Churches. Neil is a gifted teacher with a deep knowledge of Scripture.
The book of Acts contains some powerful stories of miraculous healings. If we are honest we will look at these scriptures and then look at our reality and see that these healings don’t appear to be happening today as much as they did then. It is a good question to ask ‘why’? In this message […]
In an account that sounds like a story from some great novel we read 44 action packed verses about the story of the fated ship Paul is sailing and which is finally wrecked on a reef on Malta. In the story we read this storm was huge and went on for days and days. Men […]
The Apostle Paul is brought to trial in a long narrative found in Acts 21:17- Acts 26. We see how Paul stands up boldly for his faith in Christ and in Jesus’ resurrection. We also read how he recants his testimony of how he met Jesus, was radically saved and called to be a herald […]
Most Christians will tell you they want to obey the will of God. We love to say, “I want to do what God wants me to do.” It sounds good doesn’t it? The problem is most of us say that phrase with two fingers crossed behind our backs. In this account in Acts Paul get […]
Paul shows us just how dedicated and sold-out he is to His Lord. He considers his life outside of Christ as nothing, gladly being imprisoned and beaten for the sake of Jesus who suffered for him. Paul’s only desire is to finish the race and complete the task given to him that of testifying of […]
Paul sent for the elders of the church at Ephesus to say goodbye to them, encourage them and charge them as shepherds since he knew his time was approaching the end. He gave them instructions as overseers of the flock. Paul also reminded them that he has not hesitated to teach publicly (in the temple […]
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.