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.
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.
When the gospel has its full effect upon you it changes everything … including the way you view and utilise your possessions. Instead of curving in on yourself through hoarding you curve away from yourself and share radically. This is how the early church operated as recorded by Luke in Acts 4.
People disagree with you. They always have and they always will. Become a Christian and the disagreement between you and the world only increases. But we are not alone. Jesus has promised he will help us stay true to him under pressure. Listen in as Peter teaches you how.
In this sermon, Nathan shows how easy it is to see facts about Jesus and his miracles and miss Jesus himself. The Jews missed Him and killed Him. However, Peter offers hope through repentant faith in Jesus which see’s through the facts and relates with Jesus himself.
All of humanity feels the longing for what is transcendent. We long for the one who is above to come down and be close. In the OT, God comes to dwell with his people in the Temple. The wonder of the book of Acts, is that God comes to dwell IN his people through the Holy Spirit. During this message, we look at this incredible shift and what it looks like for God's people to be the meeting place between heaven and earth.