ACTS—Building Toward the Future | Priorities… Keeping Things Aligned | Acts 6:1—7 | February 23rd, 2020

ACTS—Building Toward the Future | Priorities… Keeping Things Aligned | Acts 6:1—7 | February 23, 2020

 

A Good Start, but…
Unity | Acts 2:44-47
Encouragement | Acts 4:32-37
Cracks appear | Acts 5:1-11
Division creeps in | Acts 6:1-6

 

Problems WILL Come… (How will we handle them?)
Favoritism is harmful and ugly
Pursue the solution together
Choose qualified candidates
     Full of the Spirit
          Don’t forget: It all starts with the Holy Spirit!
     Full of Wisdom
Commission them for ministry
Stay focused on your highest priority

Q—What is OUR highest priority?

(hint… L_____ G___, L_____ P_______, M_____ D__________)

 

Where Do We Go From Here?
Stay focused on our highest priority
Through the Holy Spirit, search out solutions when problems creep in
Keep prayer as a high priority
     Don’t let busyness kill your prayer life
“Ministry” means “service” 

Q—What will the world see if we stay focused?

How did they respond in Acts 6:7?

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ACTS—Building Toward the Future | If From God… Unstoppable! | Acts 5:12—42 | February 16, 2020

ACTS—Building Toward the Future | If From God… Unstoppable! | Acts 5:12—42 | February 16, 2020

 

God’s Presence Seen in Power
Miracles, signs, and wonders…
     Jesus explains… | John 10:38; 14:11
Some were timid, others boldly came…
     and believed!
As a result…
     Faith was strengthened!

Q—When you have stepped out in faithhave you seen or felt God’s power?

 

The Opposition is Ramped Up!
They were sad, you see? (Sadducees)
     and jealous!
They were losing power to those who didn’t…
     think like they did.
They tried to shame them publicly
But Jesus was building His Church

Q—Do you obey when public humiliation could result?

 

We Told You This Before
We must obey God rather than men
If this is of man, it will fail
If it is from God… Unstoppable!
Obedience will include suffering
But Jesus will prove faithful 

Q—Who will we choose to obey?

God… Or our “innerman”?

He wants to build His Church… through you!

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ACTS—Building Toward the Future | Genuine Unity… & the Threat of Dishonesty Acts 4:32—5:11 | February 9, 2020

ACTS—Building Toward the Future | Genuine Unity… & the Threat of Dishonesty Acts 4:32—5:11 | February 9, 2020

 

Unity—All In!
One heart… One mind…
What’s yours is mine!
With unity of mission there is power!
There is also encouragement 

Q—Have you been inspired by a unified team effort?

 

A Cautionary Tale
Guard your heart while doing good
Generosity with deception is despicable
A sin against man is a sin against God
The Holy Spirit is God
God is serious about His mission 

Q—Do you desire the praise of people or of God?

 

You Will Be Found Out
A darkened heart is self-deceived
God still offers second chances
God is serious about protecting His Church 

Q—Does this scare you?  At least a little?

 

What Should We Do?
Is this our second chance?
God is serious about the Great Commission
Are we?
It’s going to take unity. Are we all in?
God’s power is waiting to work through us

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ACTS—Building Toward the Future | Do We Even Have a Prayer? | Acts 4:23-31 | February 2, 2020

ACTS—Building Toward the Future | Do We Even Have a Prayer? | Acts 4:23-31 | February 2, 2020

 

Prayer—The Reminder
There are almost 1,100 prayers recorded in the Bible
The first… soon after the Fall
Humility and repentance are required

 

Prayer—A Pattern in Acts
The Greatness of God
The Will of God
The request for help from God
The desire to be used by God

 

Prayer—Have We Seen This Pattern Before?
How… not What!
It’s relational
It’s missional
It’s practical

 

Prayer—For Boldness!
The early church needed it
Paul needed it
We still need it

 

Is it the same for us today?
Do we have the same Jesus?
Do we face the same opposition?
Do we have the same mission?
Do we take this mission seriously?
Will we follow directions?

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Apologetics—Origins… (My Thinking on Creation Has Evolved) | February 24, 2019

Apologetics — Origins… (My Thinking on Creation Has Evolved) | February 24, 2019

 

“In the beginning God created…” Genesis 1:1a

 

Be Prepared for the Questions…
The Question of Evil
The Question of the Moral Law
The Question of the Reliability of the Bible
The Question of SO Many Religions
          A needed clarification… LOVE!
The Question of Origins!

 

Know the Positions…
The Bible Position Genesis 1 & 2
The Evolution Position Romans 1:21-23
What do these two positions claim?
          They explain how we got here!

 

What Form of Literature is Genesis 1?
Poetry with purpose
          There is only ONE God Deuteronomy 6:4
          Day 1—gods of light & darkness
          Day 2—gods of sky & sea, etc…
          Day 6—gods of humanity
          Toledot—generations
                    They were created… by one God!
Poetry and… cosmogony
          “The movement from chaos to cosmos
Not geological or biological or chronological… cosmological
Chaos—Darkness, watery deep, formless earth…

What Can We Know About Creation? What’s Our Answer?
He is the ONLY God… and He’s a God of order
He created everything
And He created YOU in His image & likeness
And He isn’t satisfied with the chaos of this world, but through the Cross He is offering you order… and peace!

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