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.

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.

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.

Be Bold

Acts Chapter 4 tells us to be BOLD in telling about Jesus, but often it is this Good News that we have the toughest time sharing.   What are we so shy about?  This week we learn how to live our lives completely surrendered to Jesus Christ, making it impossible to stop sharing about all HE has done.