Acts 28 // The End of the Story?

4-years ago started a study through book of Acts.  We’ve watched the early church grow from a small group of ragamuffins-outsider-misfits … to a larger group of ragamuffins-outsider-misfits.  All propelled by the power of the Spirit and the Good News of Christ Jesus.

Tonight, we conclude our study of this book; the final chapter; the end of the story.  Of course, we know it’s not the end of the story.  The church didn’t end in Acts 28.  Decade by decade; century by century; 2000 years later; we’re still here; and we’re still a group of ragamuffins-outsider-misfits.

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Know Empathy (Acts 27)

Because of past trials and storms Paul knows himself very well.  He’s grown; he’s matured; he’s been made new in Christ day-by-day, storm-by-storm.  And so, in the midst of this current storm, he’s able to empathize with others and provide assurance.  The calling of the church is not simply to tolerate one another; we’re to mourn with one another; to bear one another’s burdens; to deliberately devote ourselves to empathy.

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Know Thyself (Acts 21-22)

This past Saturday night at Refuge Church we continued our study through the Acts of the Apostles (through the power of the Spirit) and began to look at Paul and his ability to remain in control of his thoughts and emotions through his trials and tribulations.  John Calvin wrote that we can’t truly know God without knowing ourselves, but we can’t truly know ourselves without knowing God.

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For the next few weeks, we will continue the study of Paul, and continue our journey to better know ourselves including a live ZOOM meeting this upcoming week (May 23rd), and our first LIVE TOGETHER (outdoor) worship gathering on May 30th to coincide with a blood drive to serve our community.  Check out our Facebook Group page for all the details.

 

Courage vs Stupidity (Acts 21)

This past Saturday night at Refuge Church we began our 4th and final journey through the Book of Acts as part of our original four year teaching plan. This week we looked at Chapter 21, and dissected the differences between COURAGE and STUPIDITY, as well as the challenges we face in discerning the Spirit of God.

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The Book of Acts: Athenian Idol

At Refuge Church last Saturday night, Pastor Brian talked about The Apostle Paul’s Missionary Journey through Athens. He’s disturbed by the number of man made idols he sees. We tend to think of idols as little statues, but anything can become an idol in our lives, from our Kids to our cellphones. An Idol is anything that comes before God. What is an idol in your life?

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Acts: Broken People Sharing Jesus

This week we’re back in the book of Acts, chapter 13. Why are there so many Christian denominations? Why does God’s Word seem to be unclear? What is my calling in life?  It was an exhilarating and frightening discussion.

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Each Saturday night at Refuge.Church we study the Word of God together in a free flowing, partcipatory, and organic environment.  While you can learn from our weekly posting, you can only truly experience these gatherings in person.  Join us Saturday night at 5:30pm to worship God, and discover His grace together.