The providence of God even amid a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day can either be overwhelming or faith-stretching or both. The apostle Paul was sitting in the barracks (imprisoned) awaiting what would happen next. In today's text we read about a conspiracy & plan to kill Paul, but by God's providential hand using a nephew, a Tribune, a Roman Army, & a letter, Paul was going to make it to Governor Felix. Do you ever look back at your life and see where God has been working & leading you? Growing & stretching you?
"That's Not Fair." What do you do when God allows you to walk through circumstances in this life that are difficult? The apostle Paul helps us understand what it takes to go through this life with all its brokenness & still being able to trust in a sovereign God.
Sharing the gospel can seem like an overwhelming task or even a scary one. When given the opportunity, Paul simply shared his God-story to grab people's attention. The task just became simple. Paul told who he was before he met Jesus. Then he shared the part of his story where he encountered Jesus. After that, Paul shared how his life had changed because of his encounter with Jesus. That's a framework we can use. That's a framework upon which we can build.
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.