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“Stand By” – Acts 22:30-23:11

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We are nearing the end of our journey through the book of Acts and it sure seems that the Apostle Paul is nearing the end of his journey in this world. He was nearly torn to shreds by a riotous mob in Jerusalem, rescued only to be put in chains by Roman authorities, tied to the rack for a torturous whipping, then saved by his Roman citizenship only to be turned over to Judaism’s ruling council, who were no friends of Paul. Paul was not guilty of any crime yet the Jews sought to kill him and the Romans dared not to release him.

 

What caused Paul to carry on rather than quite or escape? He was a man on a mission. Paul, in fact, is not the only Christian sent by Jesus on this mission. God puts all Christians on a mission and stands by them in it. Before us this week is an excellent example of how you and I can carry out our mission for Jesus and how He will stand by us as we do.

 

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“God at Work” – Acts 21:27-22:29

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This week’s reading is a very long passage in the book of Acts. It is one of the longest we’ll look at during our journey through the book and is meant to be read all together. The Apostle Paul has now made it to Jerusalem, a stop on the way to his destination, Rome. Heading to Rome will not be easy, as Paul endeavors to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). But, ultimately, Paul’s journey is not Paul’s journey. God is at work in Paul, as we’ve been reminded numerous times, and continues to work out that which He initially began in Paul. We are told, once again, of Paul’s conversion, given a few new details and see, through Paul, all that God has and is still accomplishing.

Our own Christian journeys mirror Paul’s, in that God has always been and always will be at work our Christian lives. We all experience the drama, the ups and downs and the surprises life throws us, just as Paul did. Yet, even in all these things, God is still at work. They don’t happen haphazardly and without purpose. This week, we’re going to look at the ways in which God is at work in our lives and consider what we are to make of it all.

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“Decisions, Decisions” – Acts 21:1-26

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Mint chocolate chip or cookie dough? Blue shirt or yellow shirt?Decisions, decisions and what difference do they really make? I’d rather someone else make decisions like this because I can never decide. And it really doesn’t matter to me. Well, our decisions are not always this mundane and not every one agrees with the decisions you and I make. In the book of Acts this week, we see that the Apostle Paul was certainly faced with some tough decisions and he made at least one of them while being second guessed by many of his closest companions.

Paul’s love for Jesus and his faith prepared him to make the tough calls and can help you and I make them too, while at the same time keeping the peace. Because of the Gospel we can resolve conflict with others and ultimately make the most of our lives for Jesus. The Gospel compels us to sacrifice our lives for Jesus. This Sunday, we’ll see how that realistically worked out in the life of the growing Christian church and how it work in your life and in mine today.

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“Elder Innocence” – Acts 20:13-38

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Do you recognize the rhyme that the picture above this week’s Scripture verse represents? It represents a rhyme my grandmother taught me when I was a very young boy. Give up? It goes like this, “Here is the church, here is the steeple, open it up and see all the people.” If you were to open many steepled churches today, you wouldn’t see many people. And while there is a decline, in our country, of the number of Christians, as a percentage of the entire population, there is not a decline in the number of those claiming to be “Christian.” So where are all the people then? And does it really matter as long as you’ve got Jesus? Well, our passage this week certainly does indicate that it matters. In fact, it matters a great deal. The church is how God cares for you if you are a Christian.

 

Come find out how and why God cares for you in that relationship this Sunday morning at 10:30. Also, come join us for Sunday School at 9:15. We have many new classes this year- something for every stage and age of your Christian journey. Everyone is welcome!

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“Word of Comfort” – Acts 20:1-12

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If you’ve ever fallen asleep in church, you’ll take comfort in this week’s passage, featuring a young man named Eutychus, who fell asleep and to his death as the Apostle Paul was preaching.  Well, I meant that you’d find comfort in the fact that someone else had fallen asleep in church, not that doing so may result in your own death.  Thankfully, falling asleep is not the kind of comfort this week’s passage is getting at.  Nor is it trying to tell you that there can be dire consequences to falling asleep in church, although, in a sense that’s true.
No, Luke, the author of the book of Acts wants us to see something else this week.  He gives us another inside look at the early church, hoping to provide you with comfort, encouragement, strength and help.  Ultimately, he’s pointing us to grace as it was dispensed by Paul and others in the first years of Christ’s church.  God is still dispensing that same grace to you and me today, and it’s free for the asking!
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“Seismic” – Acts 19:21-41

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What difference can we, as Christians, really make in the world? I doubt that’s the question the church in Ephesus was asking but they soon would find out, as the Gospel of Jesus Christ changed not only individuals but an entire culture. You see, the Gospel is so pervasive it causes seismic shifts wherever it’s taken. Luke, the author of Acts, gives us a good look at the extent the Gospel affected that city in this week’s passage, and provides hope for the impact we too can make on the world around us.
Making that kind of impact doesn’t require you to be obnoxious, uber-radical or to give up your day job and move half way across the world. It happened in Ephesus by living a normal Christian life. It happened by being what faith in Jesus had made them. When you start with Jesus, the outworkings of the Gospel flow from you to the world around you. It really is that simple and at the same time that seismic.
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“Start Here” – Acts 19:1-20

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On your mark, get set, go!  Yes, we’ve just crossed the starting line of a new year in many ways.  School has started, you can actually get something done at work now that vacation season is over, and you’ve probably begun any number of other activities that have restarted after a summer hiatus.  It’s the time of year when things begin to start up again at our church too.  Sunday school kicks into gear, a new fiscal year is upon us and Sunday worship returns to its start time of 10:30.   It’s, naturally, a time when many of us hope to make a new start in life.
What exactly does it mean to “make a new start” as Christians?  Is there any benefit to it and, if so, what can we realistically expect?  Our passage this week in the book of Acts seems to something more significant than simply making a new start.  It seems to suggest that God is at work in us in a way that’s not subject to the colossal failure rate of so many other “new starts” we’ve been involved in before.  In fact, I’d like to show you, on Sunday, several reasons why simply trying to make your own new start can fail.  It’s easy to make a new start, but starting at the right place makes all the difference in your success.
Don’t forget to join us for the 8 A.M. All Church Breakfast, followed by Sunday School at 9:15 and worship at 10:30.  We’ll have plenty of pancakes and the Word of God endures forever, so please invite a friend or family to join you this week!  Maybe your invitation will point them toward a fresh start!

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