When was the last time you shared your faith? When was the last time you talked to someone about Jesus? The sad part is for all of us, talking about Jesus is something we don't do with any regularity. There are many reasons for it but for the most part, we are afraid that we will blow it or they will make fun of us. That's why prayer and Scripture are so important. This week, we will look at the next thing that Philip does after Samaria. And what he does is amazing! Join us this week as we continue our look at the book of Acts!
We live in a world where it seems that everything is for sale. If the price is right or the offer is good enough, everything is for sale. And while we would never outright say we are trying to buy God's affections, the reality is that many of us behave in such a way that we think we are earning his affections or that we deserve something special from God.
This week, the book of Acts brings us to a point where the world's way and Jesus' way clash in a big way. As we meet Simon, we'll see how the Gospel and all of God's gifts are not for sale. And we'll see how that is really good news.
Last week, we learned about Stephen and how he served within the church to meet the needs of a group of widows. Now, you might think that was the extent of it. But it wasn't. Stephen knew that while some might be called to do certain things, everyone in the church is called to share Jesus with others and give an account of what Jesus has done for them when confronted.
It is not too much to say that we should all reflect Stephen because Stephen reflected Jesus. How so? Stephen became known for his gospel work, as should we. We hope you'll listen this week as we explore "What Are You Known For?"
Happy 2019! As we head into the New Year, we are going to pick up our series in the book of Acts. Over the next 14 weeks, we are going to see how the early church went from consisting of mainly Jewish converts to beginning the mission of reaching the nations with the hope of Christ. But before we get there, there is a little matter of some house keeping the early church has to deal with. As an issue pops up that threatens to derail the effectiveness of the early church, the response of the leaders becomes paramount.
Plan to join us this Sunday as we look at a text that teaches us not only how to handle difficulties in the church, but also teaches us the role that each of us play in the work of the church.