We conclude Acts 7, looking at Stephen’s sermon to the Sanhedrin. We have an opportunity to do today what they didn’t: repent.
As a movement, Christianity has been unstoppable the past 2,000 years. But, its beginning goes back further than the Book of Acts. Our faith actually began about 4,000 years ago with a promise God made to a man named Abram. This is that story.
As we turn to Acts 5:17-42 and see how the apostles were treated by the religious leaders of the day, we ask why anyone would want to suffer for Jesus. But, as this passage reveals, we discover that Jesus is worth it!
What should we do when we’re faced with a challenge or problem in life that threatens our ability to follow Jesus? Acts 4:23-31 shows us what the first Christians did when they experienced this, and we can learn from their example how to pray Kingdom-prayers and have the victory.
How do you know if you’re growing as a disciple, or making any progress following Jesus? Galatians 5:22-23 teaches us that the fruit of the Spirit is a sign of life and growth as a follower of Jesus.
A disciple is someone who is actually following Jesus. Discipleship happens when the Spirit applies the Word to our lives in the context of the church to help us follow in Jesus’ footsteps. In this message, we dig into the context of the church and discover that discipleship happens in three places: a gathered place, a scattered place, and a close place.
Every plant needs water, soil, and sunlight to grow, even though every plant grows differently. In the same way, every disciple experiences spiritual growth differently, and yet we all need three essential ingredients to continue growing spiritually.