Jul 19, 2020
Ends of the Earth: Toxic Praise
The problem is not a new one.  It can be traced to the Fall of Man.  In a self-absorbed world, where narcissism is rampant, the Christian must always be on guard against receiving, seeking or giving undue praise.  
Acts 14:8-23
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  • Jul 19, 2020Ends of the Earth: Toxic Praise
    Jul 19, 2020
    Ends of the Earth: Toxic Praise
    The problem is not a new one.  It can be traced to the Fall of Man.  In a self-absorbed world, where narcissism is rampant, the Christian must always be on guard against receiving, seeking or giving undue praise.  
    Acts 14:8-23
  • Jul 12, 2020Ends of the Earth: First Steps/First Fruits
    Jul 12, 2020
    Ends of the Earth: First Steps/First Fruits
    Evangelism often begins in places of familiarity and persons of peace, but that does not mean the removal of  obstacles and opposition.  The first missionary journey of Paul and Barnabas demonstrates a timeless pattern of evangelism principles we would be wise to pay attention to today.
     
    Acts 13:3-12
     
  • Jul 5, 2020Ends of the Earth: To the Horizon and Beyond
    Jul 5, 2020
    Ends of the Earth: To the Horizon and Beyond
    God demonstrates His sovereign wisdom and power in using the first multi-ethnic church on the edge of the  Jewish/Gentile world to be the catalyst for global evangelism.  What made this church so special in fulfilling this command?  How were they uniquely equipped or prepared?
    Acts 11:13-30; 13:1-3
  • Jun 14, 2020Out of the Box: The Power of Servanthood
    Jun 14, 2020
    Out of the Box: The Power of Servanthood
    The Scriptures champion, as of extreme value, simple acts of service in the name of Jesus.  We are called to love, serve and sacrifice on behalf of others.  Jesus Himself, came as a servant and we are to follow in His steps.   We are to use our gifts as faithful stewards for the benefit of others.  To that end, "what" you do matters, but the power of what you do is in the "how" and the "why".  That is what we learn by looking at the life of Tabitha (Dorcas), a selfless, unsung heroine of the early church.
     
    Acts 9:36-43
  • Jun 7, 2020Out of the Box: You’ve Got to be Kidding!
    Jun 7, 2020
    Out of the Box: You’ve Got to be Kidding!
    God uses all kinds of people as servants in His Kingdom.  He often uses, in most profound ways, those we would least expect, even to the point of utter amazement.  Our initial response to these unexpected servants is, "You've got to be kidding!"  Saul, the terrorist and persecutor of the church was just such a transformed person.
     
    Acts 9:1-22
  • May 31, 2020Out of the Box: What’s Your Question?
    May 31, 2020
    Out of the Box: What’s Your Question?
    We learn by asking questions.  When it comes to reaching wider with the Gospel in evangelism we need to learn to listen well and ask the right questions.  We also need to be able to answer honest and legitimate questions people may have and help them connect the dots of Scripture on their journey to faith.  Philip gives us a good example of what that looks like in his encounter with an Ethiopian eunuch.
     
    Acts 8:26-40
  • May 17, 2020Live Again!
    May 17, 2020
    Live Again!
    Series: (All)
    What are you to do when it seems everything around you is dead and your life feels disjointed?  This message will explore that question by considering the prophetic ministry of Ezekiel in the Valley of Dry Bones as we gather for the first time following the COVID-19 "shelter-in-place restrictions.
     
    Ezekiel 37:1-14
  • May 10, 2020OUT OF THE BOX: Scattered
    May 10, 2020
    OUT OF THE BOX: Scattered
    Persecution forced the church out of the box.  Faithfulness is not always comfortable.  Obedience is not always easy.  It sometimes takes extreme measures to get the church to move.
     
    Acts 8:1-8
  • May 3, 2020KINGDOM COME: Faithful
    May 3, 2020
    KINGDOM COME: Faithful
    Series: Kingdom Come
    The calling for every believer is to be faithful to Christ until death, whether that be the death of old age or the sacrifice of life as a martyr.  It is often times of severe testing that reveal most clearly who and whose we really are. The faithful Christian, in those times of testing, will look and sound increasingly like his/her Savior, Jesus Christ, which is exactly what we see in the life of Stephen.
     
    Acts 6:8 - 7:60
  • Apr 19, 2020KINGDOM COME: Stand!
    Apr 19, 2020
    KINGDOM COME: Stand!
    Series: Kingdom Come
    We are living in challenging times.  Challenging times call for fearless obedience and the courage to STAND.  When a Christian is forced to chose between obedience to any government/human authority or God, the choice is clear and non-negotiable:  "We must obey God rather than man" (Acts 5:29).  This message will explore what that means, and what it does not.
     
    Acts 5:12-42