Have you ever wondered about God's will for your life? Have you ever struggled with a big decision, waiting for some sign from God to give you direction? Or have you questioned whether God's will is really the best thing for your life? God's will is God's best, and in this message we will learn how to discover God's will for our lives.
We finish up Acts 20 with part 2 of What Is Our Idea of Church? Be sure to check out part 1 from last week, if you missed it!
We asked a question this week: What is Your Idea of Church? This is a two-part series and this week we see that a church, a body of believers need to be solid & systematic. Now, those two words usually don't make a person jump up and down with excitement, but they are the fabric of the early church. The example given to us in Acts 20 gives us structure in purpose and creativity in methodology.
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.