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Posts Tagged ‘Acts’

Today we resume our studies on Elijah, a prophet who bravely represented God in an age of unbelief. But today’s message is based on a strange and disturbing part of the story. We will be examining the theme of judgment. God hates sin!  Did you know that? And one day God will rid the world of sin and of sinners. That same theme echoes throughout the New Testament, and curiously, even in the sermon Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost, which ends not only with an invitation, but also with “pleading” and with “many words of warning.”

Bible Reading: Acts 2:36-41, I Kings 18:36-40

This morning Pastor Bonny shows us another remarkable way in which Jesus is working on our behalf.  We will explore the story of Saul’s conversion, when the ascended Jesus appeared th both Saul and Ananias as part of his plan to bring the gospel to the Gentles.  That same Jesus still chooses and appoints messengers today!
Message: Acts 9:1-19

Today Pastor Brink continues our summer series, “Jesus at Work Today.” Today we will consider questions like: Does God still speak to people today? If so, how so? And how can we ourselves have that “closer walk with God” today? How do we avoid being gullible, or being deceived, or being presumptuous in claiming divine revelation? It is hard to imagine anyone not being interested in this topic. If you know someone who needs to hear this message, why not send them the link, so they can hear it for themselves? Then you can discuss it with them later.

Message: Acts 16:6-10

This morning Pastor Brink begins a series of messages on our summer theme, “Jesus at Work Today.”  We will be talking about how jesus is active all over the world today, including in our church and in our daily lives, precisely because he left this world and ascended to the heavenly throne.  Even if we cannot see Him,  His fingerprints are everywhere.  And hopefully you will hear His voice today.
Message: Acts 1:1-11

Today Pastor Brink concludes our series about Stuff Christians Do. We’ve been talking about some of the most basic & transformative habits of the Christian life. Hopefully you’ve been inspired & equipped to make some changes, and hopefully we won’t leave these lessons in the rear-view mirror after this series is finished. Surely we all know other people who need these messages too. Why not email to a friend the link to some message in this series that blessed you, along with a few personal words of encouragement.

Message: Acts 1:1-8

Today Pastor Brink will tell us about a hard-hearted rebel who had no use for God; but God, as turns out, had quite a use for him. His name was Saul; we know him today as “The Apostle Paul.” Today too there are people who don’t believe in God, but God still “ believes” in them. At least He keeps knocking on the door of their heart. Maybe that’s you today. If so, open the door! Or may be you know someone like this. Don’t give up! Keep praying and keep trusting that God is at work! In fact, our God specializes in “hopeless cases.”

Acts 26:9-19

Pastor Bonny will share a story with us today about a person who joyfully seized the God-given opportunities that came his way. By being faithful to God’s call, his life became fruitful and his actions were of everlasting significance. Are we listening for the Spirit’s leading and making the most of the opportunities God sets before us? These are among the keys to a life of significance.

Message: Acts 8:26-40

Pastor Brink will bring us the Pentecost message from God’s Word. It’s not just about history – what happened on Pentecost long ago; it’s also about things that God is doing today – in and around us, in our church, and literally all over the world!

Message: Acts 2:1-4

Has anyone ever asked why you always seem so happy? Do you find yourself spontaneously whistling a tune or signing a praise song? Are you able to maintain a sense of peace and contentment even when you’ve had a bad day or are going through a difficult season? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might have JOY. Really, joy should be a distinguishing mark of the Christian life, don’t you think? Today we’re going to talk about what joy is, what it looks like, and how we can have more of it in our lives.

Message: Acts 16:22-34

Today Pastor Brink looks at another Bible story about stormy waters – and about how “God Will Make a Way!” That’s our theme for the summer, following the theme of Summer Family Nights. Today we’ll see how God can use even “shipwrecks” to open doors of opportunity for his purpose.

Shipwrecked on Purpose – powerpoint

Message: Acts 27

Acts 27

Paul Sails for Rome

27 When it was decided that we would sail for Italy, Paul and some other prisoners were handed over to a centurion named Julius, who belonged to the Imperial Regiment. 2 We boarded a ship from Adramyttium about to sail for ports along the coast of the province of Asia, and we put out to sea. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us.

3 The next day we landed at Sidon; and Julius, in kindness to Paul, allowed him to go to his friends so they might provide for his needs. 4 From there we put out to sea again and passed to the lee of Cyprus because the winds were against us. 5 When we had sailed across the open sea off the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we landed at Myra in Lycia. 6 There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy and put us on board. 7 We made slow headway for many days and had difficulty arriving off Cnidus. When the wind did not allow us to hold our course, we sailed to the lee of Crete, opposite Salmone. 8 We moved along the coast with difficulty and came to a place called Fair Havens, near the town of Lasea.

9 Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement. So Paul warned them, 10 “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” 11 But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship. 12 Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided that we should sail on, hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there. This was a harbor in Crete, facing both southwest and northwest.

The Storm

13 When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. 14 Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island.15 The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along.16 As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure, 17 so the men hoisted it aboard. Then they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Because they were afraid they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and let the ship be driven along. 18 We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. 19 On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.

21 After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. 22 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 23 Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. 26 Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island.”

The Shipwreck

27 On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatic Sea, when about midnight the sailors sensed they were approaching land. 28 They took soundings and found that the water was a hundred and twenty feet deep. A short time later they took soundings again and found it was ninety feet deep. 29 Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight. 30 In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow. 31 Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.”32 So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it drift away.

33 Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. “For the last fourteen days,” he said, “you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food—you haven’t eaten anything. 34 Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.” 35 After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. 36 They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves.

37 Altogether there were 276 of us on board. 38 When they had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by throwing the grain into the sea.

39 When daylight came, they did not recognize the land, but they saw a bay with a sandy beach, where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. 40 Cutting loose the anchors, they left them in the sea and at the same time untied the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach. 41 But the ship struck a sandbar and ran aground. The bow stuck fast and would not move, and the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding of the surf.

42 The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping. 43 But the centurion wanted to spare Paul’s life and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land. 44 The rest were to get there on planks or on other pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land safely.

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