Over the last nearly 2,000 years, there have been about 4,000 ideas on what "church" should look like. Big, small, formal, laid back, old music, new music, wine, grape juice ... I think that it was Jocko 42:11 that said "wherever two or more are gathered, three or more opinions are present."
Despite all of that, often what we focus on as necessities for the church are merely opinions and options. Pianos, pulpits, robes, hymns, choruses and so on are all acceptable options but not required. Does that mean that anything can go? Not at all - and that's what we'll look at this Sunday as we continue to look at how the early church dealt with the gospel.
This week, we'll explore "Gospel Life in the Church" as we wrap up the second chapter of Acts.
I agree with Greek philosopher Epictetus who said, "It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. I agree. When we hear the gospel, how we respond is as important as hearing it in the first place!
In response to the sermon we looked at last week, the crowds responded to Peter with a simple question, "What shall we do?" Peter's answer tells us what we should do when we hear the gospel. We'll answer that question with "Gospel Response in the Church".
Due to a technical issue, our sermon did not record this week. If you missed it, you can read the manuscript of the sermon here:
The Holy Spirit. If there is a misunderstood member of the trinity, it is the Helper promised by Jesus. While I was in school, I wrote a paper on the Holy Spirit where I made the claim that many in the church have, for lack of a better term, hijacked the person and work of the Spirit. And it is still true.
I hope that you'll take some time this week as we look at the person and work of the Holy Spirit and what it means for us as we look to the future of this church.