Excuses. Boldness. Urgency.

This week we conclude our study of the Book of Acts and the history of the early church with a reminder of the POWER and MISSION we are entrusted with, as Christ’s WITNESSES to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). Every Christian has the POWER of the Holy Spirit living within them, but are we using it to accomplish HIS Mission?

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The First Martyr

It is so easy to fall into the temptation of wanting to be remembered for doing “Big Things” for God.  But how can we do this if we are not faithful in the small things? Tonight we look at Acts Ch 6:8-Ch 8:1 and the story of Stephen. A man who lived to know God, know God’s Word, and Serve His People–a man who was faithful in EVERY moment, until death.

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Unity

Whenever people are together we have a tendency to look at how we are all different, instead of how we are all the same.  If we are not careful, these differences can divide us and separate us from other believers instead of uniting us as the body of Christ.  As the church multiplied in Acts 6 there were rumblings and discontent.  Would the church allow this to divide them, or meet this challenge head on? Tonight we will see how the believers come together and unite to address these issues.

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Ananias and Sapphira

Acts 4:32 – 5:11.  The church was young, it was thriving, numbers are growing, lives are being changed.  Outside forces (religious and civic) weren’t having much luck slowing this movement, so Satan begins to attack from within.  Hypocrisy and praise seeking, it’s a cancer, that grows and spreads from within.  Destructive both in our marriages, families, and in the church … as we’ll see in the story of Ananias and Sapphira.

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Gifted and Afraid

We’re in week # 2 of our study of the Book of Acts, which was written by Doctor Luke.  If we went back to read Luke’s Gospel (prequel to Acts), we’d see that he wrote about what Jesus began to do.  In the sequel, Acts Luke is writing about what Jesus continues to do through us; His Church on mission.

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