After going into detail describing theology, life changing sermons, incredible miracles, & perilous journeys Luke seems to leave readers with a curious to be continued... at the end of his letter to Theophilus.
As we wrap up our journey through Acts, we try to answer the question of 'why' did Luke end his letter so abruptly?
Paul's voyage to Rome was anything but relaxing. Even though there may not deep theological truths to unpack, there were plenty of reasons Luke decided to include the trip as part of God's inerrant Word.
In Acts 26, we see Paul give a detailed account of the gospel Good News of Jesus Christ before a hostile and faithless crowd. From his passionate speech we also glean six questions that will hopefully compel us to completely surrender our lives to the amazing of God through His Son Jesus Christ.
How often do we cry out, \"That\'s not fair!\" when our expectations are not met? The reality is, often times life is not fair. How do we, as Christ followers, react and handle things that are not fair? In today\'s often overlooked passage in Acts 25, we look at the life of Paul and are challenged with some ways to begin handling the unfair situations in life based on how he seemed to deal with them.
In Acts 24, Paul is on trial before Felix, the Roman governor. Felix is a compelling example of someone with spiritual curiosity that never leads to spiritual commitment. What does it mean for a person to have saving faith?
This message from Acts 23:12-24:21 examines Paul\'s dtermined faith to share Jesus even from prison. His courage is a model for our own. In spite of appearances, Paul is not sidelined in prison, but God uses his faith to spread the Gospel through the writing of letters to the churches.
*This message link is Darrell preaching the same message from the Book of Acts at our Blacksburg campus in April, due to recording issues from this past Sunday.
In the final message of our Think to Change summer series, we address the need for humility. As we mature in our faith, may we seek to become humble in our prayers and humble in our love toward others who need the grace we have undeservedly received.
Our culture tends to lead us into a self-centered perspective where greatness is all about being served, and life is really about...me. Jesus came to redefine greatness! In today\'s passage we look at the critical words Jesus reminded his disciples about serving.
The Church is made up of people set apart by the grace of God for a purpose. Peter reminds us that since Jesus, the Cornerstone, was rejected and yet chosen by God we may also be rejected by the world and yet chosen for a purpose.
In last week\'s message, Paul encouraged the Galatian Christians to walk by the Spirit, so they would stop giving in to our natural human tendencies. This week unpack at what it looks like to actually walk by the Spirit, and the motives behind the Fruit that is produced.
This Sunday we look at a reminder the apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Galatia who were struggling with with their freedom in Christ. Modern day Christian also need reminders to walk by the Spirit...so we do not gratify our selfish desires.
As difficult as it must have been for the Disciples\' to say goodbye to Jesus, according to His own Words, it was for their benefit. His departure meant God the Father would send The Helper to equip (among other things) the Disciples for future ministry.
The incredible take away from this message is, for those who are in Christ, we have the same Spirit in us today that dwelt in and empowered the first century followers of Jesus!
We were once dead in our trespasses and sins, and in need of salvation. Because of God\'s mercy and love, He has made us alive in Christ Jesus. God has offered us the free gift of salvation through grace alone, and because of this grace we are free to do good works and to walk in righteousness.
Everyone has a tipping point. That moment where you have had enough and lose control, if only for a moment. In today\'s passage we see such a moment in the life of Paul. We also see his humble reaction and the importance of encouragement in the midst of these moments.
Legacies are important. In Acts 20, we catch a glimpse of the incredible legacy Paul left with the Ephesian Church and are challenged with what we will be known for by our family, neighbors, and co-workers.