On this Resurrection Sunday, we celebrate Jesus’ incredible gift of salvation that He gave us on the cross. Pastor Brett spends this morning discussing the mockers of the Christian faith, the procrastinators and those who believed Jesus is God.
This evening, we start out the new year by taking a closer look at Bible prophecy. Pastor Brett discusses what has taken place in recent months with churches around the globe, current events, and how it all relates to what the Bible says about end times.
We wrap up the book of Acts and, to some degree, the ministry of Paul. He had a clear understanding that while, ‘it is appointed once for man to die,’ he was going to live his life with abandon until that day came. His life and his ministry were marked with a sense of abandon; he gave himself fully to the Lord and was used in mighty ways. There is a lot for us to glean today as we look at the conclusion of this apostle’s story.
In our text today, the centurion has a crucial decision before him - to listen to Paul, who had insight from the Lord, or to listen to the majority and then ‘experts’. Unbeknownst to him, there was a lot riding on his choice. How do you make decisions? If you are seeking wisdom or direction in some area of life, this message should be a great source of encouragement for you.
Tonight’s teaching is a deeper look at Paul’s testimony before Herod Agrippa. As we examine this rich text, we see Paul’s amazing testimony and the special calling the Lord placed on his life.
As Herod listens to Paul share the gospel story with him, he is so close to responding. Even Paul can sense it. However, he has some sins in his life he refuses to let go of in order to fully embrace Christianity. Are there things in our lives that we hold onto too tightly that may hinder us from salvation? Or from the abundant life the Lord has for us? We can learn a thing or two from the tragic decision Herod made.
Acts 24-25 sets the scene for the final stage of Paul’s life. In tonight’s study, we look at his trials before Felix and Festus as he answers the false charges made against him by the Jews.
Paul is summoned to speak to Felix and his wife, Drusilla. Felix is shaken by Paul’s words. Yet, rather than respond, Felix sends Paul away. Today’s teaching is a deeper look at what Paul shared regarding righteousness, temperance and the judgment to come. Hopefully we will take the time to consider Paul’s teaching, and respond prayerfully and thoughtfully, unlike this foolish pair.
Paul’s story continues as he faces an inquiry before the Sanhedrin, a dishonest high priest and a plot against his life. In the midst of all of this, the Lord appears to encourage Paul personally, reminding him that His purposes will be fulfilled. He uses Paul’s young nephew to preserve his life and see him to his next destination.
Most of us have much to be thankful for. Why is it, then, we can become so easily grouchy? In our passage in Acts, the Lord tells Paul to, “Be of good cheer.” This morning, we take some time to consider the many things Jesus has done that should result in ‘good cheer’ for us as well!
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