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Making Known the Unknown God

Maybe your neighbor has this bumper sticker, “Coexist.” That was Athens when the Apostle Paul entered it on his second missionary journey. Athens was like a college town. Philosophy, art, politics, education, commerce, and religion were all part of the experience in the heart of the city, the marketplace.

As we look into this passage, we see Paul present Christ in the marketplace and learn what that might look like for us.

Scripture: Acts 17:16-34

Grace Alone

The gospel can be threatened. The Good News of how a person can be saved can be threatened by persecution or obscured by false teaching. False teaching changes the good news, adding to or subtracting from God’s clear message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus.

Acts 15 is the story of how the early church answered a threat to the clear message of the gospel and applied the truth of salvation by grace through faith to their lives together as believers in the church.

This passage answers some key questions for us:
What is the gospel?
What must a person do to be saved?
Who is included in the “people of God”?
How should we go about defending the truth of the gospel?
How does the gospel influence the way we show love for other believers?

Scripture: Acts 15:1-16:5; Amos 9:11-12; Leviticus 17-18; Galatians 2

Philip and the Ethiopian

God is working in your life, in the foreground and background, to bring about His will for you.

Scripture: Acts 8:26-40

Who Is Jesus?

Acts 3 is an example of the “signs and wonders” being done at the hands of the Apostles Luke refers to in Acts 2:43. Peter and John, going to the temple see a lame man they likely have seen many times before, but this time it’s different. Peter speaks in Jesus name and the man is healed. A crowd gathers and Peter preaches his second sermon.

Chapter three is a miracle and a message. And this miracle is a message about the salvation Jesus can bring to our souls. It’s also about the restoration Jesus will bring to the world!

Scripture: Acts 3:1-26, 2:43; Isaiah 65:17, 35:5-6

The Patriarch Abraham Part Two

Today we come to one of the most dramatic and most well-known events in the O.T. To understand Abraham, we must understand this passage. It is a one-of-a-kind story that portrays the greatest story ever told. Abraham would offer Isaac by faith and in doing so, gives us a good look at what would happen 2000+ years later on Mt. Calvary.

In Genesis 22 we find central truths that will help us better understand how we come to Christ and what is expected after we do.

Testing is one of the lessons of the passage. Testing is not the same thing as tempting. In temptation, Satan lures us to disobey God. The purpose of testing (or trials) is that God is behind it and the purpose is to build faith. Abraham was about to face his greatest test.

Jehovah Jira is one of the compound names of God. It means “God will provide.” Abraham was faced with a great dilemma. God had asked him to sacrifice his long-desired son. Would he do it? Why would God call for this to happen?

Finally, what does Abraham teach us about faith that is required for salvation?

Scripture: Genesis 22; James 1:2-4; 1 Corinthians 10:11; Hebrews 11:17-19; Romans 4:1-3

The Message of the Church – The Gospel

What is it that the church has to say? We believe the message of the church is the Gospel. Paul refers to it as “the gospel of God,” “the gospel of His son,” and also “the word of the cross.” Christians are gospel people. We believe that the gospel is the message that saved us. And as followers of Christ, we obey His command to make disciples of all the nations by spreading the gospel to the ends of the earth.

But it’s not always clear what people mean by the word “gospel.” It’s simply “good news,” but what passes for the gospel in some churches, online, etc. is not the good news Paul or the rest of the apostles preached. The pressure is real to “adjust” the gospel to our culture, but eternity is at stake if we get it wrong.

Scripture: Romans 1:1-1

Extreme Makeover

How can we know if the resurrection happened? That is a crucial question, isn’t it! If the resurrection isn’t real, it means that Jesus isn’t who He said He is, the Son of God. Also, if the resurrection didn’t happen, then we have no hope of the forgiveness of our sin or having eternal life.

A lot depends on the resurrection, doesn’t it! Is there a way to confirm that it happened and that Jesus is alive? The answer to that question is a resounding yes. Let’s look at the hard evidence that proves to us that we have a risen Savior.

Scripture: John 20:1–9 (ESV); Acts 2:14 (ESV); Acts 2:41–42 (ESV)

A Glorious Announcement and a Response

Do you ever feel as if you’ve become too familiar with the Christmas narrative that it doesn’t amaze you? Let’s walk through Luke 1:26-38 together and read the glorious announcement God makes to Mary and her response. What was part of this announcement? God was coming to dwell with man, through the womb of Mary! Wow!

Scripture: Luke 1:26-38

Abraham and the Sacrifice of Isaac

Thankfully, God didn’t ask Abraham to go through with the sacrifice, but one dark Friday God would provide, and just as Abraham walked up that hill with his son, his wood for the burnt offering in his hand, God stayed the knife and told him to stop because through this child would come another promise and blessing that would bring rescue and salvation to the world… Jesus would walk willingly up that hill, carrying the wood on His back AND there He would be slain to save and bless the world.

Scripture: Genesis 22:1-19

A Conversation With God

In this passage, we see that a failure to keep the way of justice and righteousness can bring about judgment. We also see a pretty remarkable interaction between Abraham and God where Abraham intercedes for Sodom and Gomorrah. God’s kindness, justice, and holiness are on display in this passage.

Scripture: Genesis 18:16-33