What does it take to turn a city upside down? What does it take to turn a culture upside down? What does it take to turn an entire economic system upside down? It takes the gospel. It takes the gospel that confronts the idols and destroys them. Paul was a stellar example to us on how to impact those around us with the life-transforming power of Jesus.
I love Father's Day...probably because I am one. What are the qualities of a good father? Usually, when Father's Day at church rolls around, we prepare for the comparison that happens. You know, where earthly dads get compared to their Heavenly Father. Well, there are qualities of a good father that put us on track to living in a manner worthy of the Lord. We may not be able to attain them completely, but if we access these qualities, we will be well on the road to an experience that can be most rewarding.
Who doesn't love an epic story with stories inside the story?! We get that in this passage about a man by he name of Apollos. Luke turns the page for a period of time to move away from Paul's third missionary journey to focus on what was happening in a synagogue in Ephesus. Apologetics and discipleship are at the core of this story. Tune into the new scene.
The Sophomoric Philosophy goes like this: "The more you study, the more you know. The more you know, the more you forget. The more you forget, the less you know. So why study?" Ah, philosophy. Even the Apostle Paul encountered the deep thinkers of the day with the gospel. Athens was teeming with religious philosophies and intelligent thinkers, but they were ignorant on the truth of God. Paul, knowing his audience, described God to them & ended with repentance.
We are often challenged to "get out of our comfort zone" when it comes to sharing the gospel. But have we ever been challenged to share the gospel in our comfort zone? The Apostle Paul, on several occasions, entered a synagogue to teach on the Sabbath. Luke even says it was Paul's "custom" to enter the synagogue. Paul plugged in to a section of culture where he could easily share the gospel & talk of Jesus as the Christ. Where has God placed you to share the gospel? Where is your comfort zone? Get in the zone.
Happy Mother's Day! Hannah was a godly woman dealing with some pretty adverse cultural circumstances. Add to that a drastic broken relationship. How Hannah responded to adversity is a key to the character traits of a godly woman. Her example is one of humility, honesty & faith.
Do you ever feel the burden to share your faith with others, but feel unable to effectively communicate it? Tune in to what the Bible says about the different ways to communicate the gospel, as well as the right motivation, methods, or much more! While it can be scary or hard to do, this Christian discipline is very near to God's heart-Let's go do it!
There are so many reasons why we don't study the Bible. I wish we had a longer list of reasons why we DO study the Bible. Today's message is very practical. We need to get a grip on God's Word. Do you have a high view of God's Word? If you do, then you are probably a student of the Word as well. The purpose of personal Bible study isn't to simply gain more knowledge but to know the Author of the Book.
No matter where you are on the spectrum of your spiritual journey, I think it is safe to say that everyone wants to be better at praying. Whether it's consistency or depth or vigilance, we long to strive for more. Praying is hard work. It is a discipline too. In our series, Stuff Christians Believe, we see the importance of a lifestyle of prayer. Take up the challenge and pray for the 500 with us!