Our culture seems to be obsessed with self-esteem. It has been part of the western narrative for some time now and is producing a harvest that many people did not initially anticipate.
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As we follow God’s redemptive story from Old Testament to New, we see that He has been progressively unveiling His plan to include all nations into his family. Acts chapter 10 brings us to that incredible moment in history when God poured out the New Covenant blessing of the Holy Spirit on the gentiles; commencing a new chapter where Jews and gentiles are reconciled & made into one.
Under the heavy hand of Saul’s persecution, the church scatters and the gospel goes forward to Samaria. Here we encounter a clash of kingdoms as the gospel infiltrates into deep-seated darkness & the Samaritans are brought into the fellowship as co-equal recipients of the Holy Spirit.
Stephen is a classic example of a good person who got in the way of evil. Whilst his end was tragic, he died a glorious death - one committed to Jesus.
With growth comes problems - tricky ones. In the middle of the steep growth of the early church, the needs of widows arises and threatens to become a significant barrier to God’s continued work. The apostles lead the church in grappling with this problem and the ongoing growth of the church continues.
Who’s voice is the loudest in your life? Who’s voice shapes the way you act? The only way to be solid and stable in life is to make sure you are attuned to Jesus’ voice.
Where do you turn when you need help? Do you ever need help? Of course you do.
Perhaps the better question is, ‘do you ever acknowledge that you need help?’ Human beings are obsessed with independence. In fact, it’s seen as a virtue to be independent these days. But deep within you, if you dare admit it, you know that you don’t have all the answers, and you do need help.