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THE MISSION AND THE AUTHORITIES
Acts 19:21-41


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Opposition to the gospel is a repeated theme in the book of Acts.  Paul is constantly getting kicked out of the synagogues and kicked out of the cities.  In almost every story we read of those who did not like the message of a crucified and risen Savior.  The reasons for their opposition vary: sometimes it's theological, sometimes it's racial, sometimes it's economical (like in our passage this morning), and sometimes its just jealousy.  All of these could be summed up with one word: unbelief.  People do not believe that Jesus is the promised Messiah, or the Savior of all men, or worth more than their earthly treasures.  They simply do not believe.  And often their opposition is fierce.  Paul has been beaten, thrown in prison, and stoned.  People are angry about what he is teaching and they want him to stop.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 September 2014 )
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Acts 18:24-19:20: The Need for Training and Correction Print E-mail

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Our growth as a Christian is a lifelong journey.  We never ‘arrive’ while on the earth.  In fact, we will only ‘arrive’ when we arrive in glory.  Sometimes I wish I could tell you that your pastor has learned all that he needs to know about the Bible and Christianity, but that would be a lie (although sometimes I am tempted to act like it).  The truth is, we never need to stop growing as followers of Christ.  Such growth will involve correction and training from the Word, as Paul teaches us in 2 Timothy 4: All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (v. 16).  We do not just read Scripture to find support for what we already believe (although we do find that at times).  We read Scripture and go to Bible studies and listen to sermons and live life with other believers to be trained and corrected, to grow in our faith.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 September 2014 )
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Acts 18:1-23: Provision for Mission Print E-mail

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The Lord is the Great Encourager.  He delights in encouraging His people as they serve Him on mission.  As we have seen in the book of Acts, the mission is not always easy.  There are times of great difficulty and discouragement.  The people have mocked Paul and laughed at his arguments.  The authorities have imprisoned him and ran him out of multiple cities.  All of this can take a toll.  And apparently, it took a toll on Paul.  He tells the Corinthians that when he came to them he came in weakness and in fear and much trembling (1 Corinthians 2:3).  The suffering that he had faced so far on this second missionary journey coupled with the mockery that he endured in Athens left him weary and weak.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 September 2014 )
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Acts 17:16-34: The Mission and Idolaters Print E-mail

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Even though the gospel never changes, our approach to sharing it often does.  You may not take the same approach with a person who has never heard the gospel as you do with someone who has heard it repeatedly but does not believe.  Making a connection with a Muslim is different from making a connection with an atheist or agnostic.  The content of the gospel does not change no matter who we are sharing with, but the approach will vary.  So let me ask you this question: what approach should you be taking with your neighbors?  What about your co-workers or lost family members?  Do you spend time thinking about the best way to approach them with the gospel? 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 September 2014 )
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Acts 17:1-15: The Word is the Way Print E-mail

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If we are going to avoid being led astray, then we must be discerning as believers.  Unfortunately, many believe that the truth is up for grabs.  Our culture has long dismissed the idea of absolute truth and such thinking has infiltrated the Church as well. Another reality that feeds this problem is the growth of 'popular Christianity.'  There are popular Christian speakers and popular Christian artists and popular Christian authors, some of which are not real Christian at all.  They sound like Christians at times.  Their products are sold in Christian bookstores and heard on Christian radio.  They are discussed on Christian blogs and 'liked' by Christians on Facebook.  They are interviewed on shows as Christian people.  Thus, many assume that whatever they teach is obviously Christian.  Who needs discernment?  Who needs to really think hard about what is coming from these various voices.  I mean we may have personal preferences for certain authors or musicians, but they are all teaching the same message.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 August 2014 )
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Acts 16:16-40: Of Songs and Shackles Print E-mail

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How we respond to the difficulties in our lives makes plain what we truly value and treasure.  As Christians, people are watching to see how various trials affect us.  What do we do when we lose our job?  How do we respond when we face persecution?  When the diagnosis looks bleak, where do we turn?  We might not like to admit it, but what we truly believe about God is revealed in those moments.  And if I am honest, I don't always like what I see in myself.  If every difficulty that I face is an opportunity to show what I treasure, then what do I treasure?  What does my response to difficulties say about my God?

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 September 2014 )
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