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THE MISSION AND IDOLATERS
Acts 17:16-34


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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 ( Tuesday, 26 August 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, 26 August 2014 )
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Acts 15:36-16:15: God Guides the Mission Print E-mail

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It is the Lord who guides the mission of the Christian.  I would venture to guess that most of us, if not all, agree with that statement.  God is in charge of the mission.  This is true personally for the Christian and corporately for the Church as well.  Yet, how does He do it?  How do we know that we are to go to Southeast Asia and partner with missionaries there?  How do we know that we are supposed to go to World Changers in St. Louis next year?  How do we know that we are supposed to keep going to Roberta Rowe Park and have our VBS there again?  We all agree that God should guide us, but how does He do it?

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 August 2014 )
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Acts 15:1-35: What Must They Do to Be Saved? Print E-mail

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There have been many Church Councils in the long history of the Body of Christ.  Some of the more important ones include: The Council of Nicaea (325), The Council of Constantinople (381), The Council of Ephesus (431), and the Council of Chalcedon (451).  Each of these Councils dealt with a particular heresy that was threatening the Church.  Thus, the leaders at the time came together to decide what to do about these particular false teachings.  Normally, the Church could better understand and better articulate the faith as a result of the Council.  They wrestled with issues like the character of Christ and the nature of the Trinity and sought biblical solutions for the questions that were being raised.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 August 2014 )
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Acts 14:1-28: Missions, Misunderstanding, and Many Tribulations Print E-mail

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The first missionary journey of Paul and Barnabas comes to an end in Acts 14.  The Church in Antioch sent them out with prayer and fasting (13:1-3) and they will receive them back to hear of all that God has done (14:27).  The first part of their journey led them to the island of Cyprus, where they preached the gospel to Paulus and Bar-Jesus was blinded.  They made it to Pisidian Antioch and were allowed to preach in the Jewish synagogue, only to later be run out of town by the Jewish leadership.  The journey continues this morning in Iconium.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 August 2014 )
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