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To the Ends of the Earth - Acts

Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares

Passage: Acts 27:1-28:31 With mixed emotions, we come to the end of our study in Acts. From the beginning, we have seen that Jesus is still at work even after His ascension, leading, guiding, and protecting His church. No figure in the book more clearly demonstrates this truth than the apostle Paul. After years in […]

Trial before Felix and Festus

Passage: Acts 24:1-25:12 As we continue in our study of the book of Acts, we may begin to think that Luke is being a little repetitive; another set of trials and obstacles to Paul’s goal of reaching Rome are overcome once again in God’s providence. Yet God doesn’t waste our time in His Word. Every […]

Trial Before the Council

Passage: Acts 22:30-23:35 This morning, we look at the first of three trials at which Paul will defend himself before proceeding to Rome. Today’s passage covers his “trial” before the council of Jewish leaders called the Sanhedrin. Luke presents a stark contrast in the way Paul is treated by religious leaders and by pagan military […]

The Pastor’s Work

Passage: Acts 19:21-20:38 When we think of the Apostle Paul, we normally consider his great theological mind and his missionary journeys. This morning, we get up close and personal with Paul the pastor. Luke gives us insight into Paul’s heart for the church, his boldness in the face of opposition, and his desire to raise […]

Snapshots of a Model Ministry

Passage: Acts 18:23-19:20 In this morning’s passage, Luke records the first half of Paul’s third missionary journey with special focus on his ministry in Ephesus. There are a series of dramatic scenes showing God’s use of imperfect people to bring the gospel to the hardened, the confused, and the faithful. We would do well to […]

The Five City Tour – Part 2

Passage: Acts 17:16-18:22 During his missionary journeys, Paul faced a variety of people and situations requiring him to be flexible in his presentation of the gospel. The same can be said of us in our culture today. Some people will have a basic understanding of the Christian faith. Some will have absolutely no familiarity with […]

The Five City Tour – Part 1

Passage: Acts 15:36-17:15 For the next two Sundays, we will be looking at Paul’s Second Missionary Journey which, for the first time, brought the message of salvation in Christ alone into Europe. Luke records a repeated pattern of amazing change brought about by faithful gospel preaching, only to soon face significant opposition. As witnesses of […]

No Turning Back

Passage: Acts 15:1-35 This morning’s passage records what is undoubtedly the watershed moment in the book of Acts. Coming on the heels of the first missionary journey to the Gentiles, the church is faced with a critical question: Must new converts become Jewish before they can become Christians? In other words, is salvation in Christ […]