Contributed on Jun 10, 2013
The Sanhedrin’s reaction to the Gospel is pretty typical for those who reject it, but the boldness displayed by Stephen is something WE must learn from!
The Death of a Deacon Acts 7:1-60 Introduction - Open your bible to Acts 7 … put a finger or something at Genesis 12 also Recap: - Stephen (the first deacon) has been seized by the Sanhedrin - He is brought before them to answer the charges of blasphemy (no proof ...read more
Contributed on Jun 17, 2013
Philip was a man not seeking his own glory or reward but he’s a servant who responds when God calls. Can the same be said of us? (Acts 8:26-40)
Being a Willing Servant Acts 8:26-40 Introduction Set the stage: - Stephen has been executed for his faith (one of the first martyrs) - The church has been scattered to the far reaches of the area - Philip, one of the first deacons from Acts 6, is in Samaria ministering -- God is ...read more
Contributed on Jun 24, 2013
Many know the story of Saul’s conversion – but many miss the meaning of it and how it applies to Christians today. (Acts 9:1-19)
Discipleship Means Total Commitment Acts 9:1-19 Introduction - Not all of us have everything together – especially in the church -- When it comes to dwelling together we often rub each other the wrong way -- Saul’s conversion gives a unique backstage look into our ...read more
Contributed on Jul 1, 2013
In the early church, their first response was to go to God in prayer. Is it also ours?
The Power of Prayer Acts 12:1-19 Introduction Set up church expanding – miracles and healings continuing ... It is important that we understand the importance of praying then and now The church would have never survived had others not been praying -- I think we can say ...read more
Contributed on Jul 8, 2013
The Church at Pine Level must identify itself with the Church at Antioch. We must have a clear purpose and do whatever it takes to serve Christ. With God's leadership, our new purpose will be: "Connecting people with Jesus and each other."
What’s our Purpose? Acts 13:1-13 Introduction When this series first started we discussed the imp of being a biblical church -- The church of Acts is a tremendous road model for us to examine / follow -- When it comes to following Christ, there is really NO more perfect ...read more
Contributed on Jul 14, 2013
Last week we defined our purpose which is: "Connecting people with Jesus Christ and each other". Today, using Scripture as our guide, we are going to learn the "how". (Acts 13:13-52)
How do we fulfill our Purpose? Acts 13:13-52 Introduction When this series first started we discussed the imp of being a biblical church -- The church of Acts is a tremendous model for us to examine / follow -- When it comes to following Christ, there is really NO more perfect ...read more
Contributed on Jul 22, 2013
Even in the face of persecution, God still delivers His favor on the church! In 2013, we must stand strong and tall, persevering constantly as we seek God’s favor.
God’s Favor Is Required Acts 15:1-21 Introduction Two weeks ago we defined our purpose for each of us to pray over and consider -- Our purpose is: “Connecting people with Jesus Christ and each other” Last week we examined the “how” of accomplishing our ...read more
Contributed on Jul 29, 2013
Because of God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness you are free from 3 things: the letter of the Law, legalism of men, lusts of this world. (Acts 15:22-29)
Freedom Because of Christ Acts 15:22-29 Introduction Church this morning is a little different; but sometimes different is good -- Sometimes we need to knock the dust and do something new -- The same old becomes a routine; and this morning is def not routine This passage is a great ...read more
Contributed on Aug 5, 2013
We will not always agree on everything, but in this story we see four characters who show us that we are STILL called to work together in unity. (Acts 15:36-41).
God Doesn't Give Up Acts 15:36-41 Prayers asked for staff – leading well in making future decisions for TCAPL -- Dinner on Sat night to discuss several upcoming things; praying through choices -- Pray for us to hear from God and seek Him in everything we do Introduction ...read more
Contributed on Aug 12, 2013
As believers, we are called to have a common purpose in everything we do. The Disciples understood the importance of working together by following a unified vision, and we must do the same to bring others into a life of freedom through Jesus Christ.
How Does a Christ-Follower Respond? Acts 16:1-12 Introduction The Christian brothers and sisters at Antioch had good reason to rejoice -- They had been at the center of a great controversy; and stood firm in it -- The controversy? Answering, “What must we do to be saved?” ...read more