Church in Action
A series in Acts | April 23 – August 6, 2017
In Acts, the story follows the gospel expansion from city to city as Paul and his coworkers obey the Spirit’s call. As they proclaim the gospel, the word of the Lord spreads throughout Gentile lands and many become disciples. And something more. God establishes His church among various people and places. The churches are local, diverse, communal, and caught up in God’s saving mission.
We see the gospel on the move – moving into cities, neighborhoods, lives. Settling in and turning the world upside down. The same God has the same good news. Through this series, we’ll look at the church now & then, here & there. What can we learn from its different receptions and different responses? In our time and place, what changes and what remains the same?
Distressed by the idols of Athens, Paul calls the city to repent. He does so, in love, in a way that the people can understand. Do we as a church, as a people, respond to God’s invitation to repent and invite others to do the same?
The Berean church stands as an example to us of a people who were RIPE for the good news. A church in action is ripe – both desiring and discerning truth.
This study of Paul's big day in Philippi helps us think about developing a personal strategy as a vital member of a Church in Action; that includes thinking through how we live out the Great Commision in our own daily context.
Life is constant flux, and we all must react to change – how do we do so as disciples of Jesus? Further, what does an adaptive church look like?
Jesus is the Head of the Church, and He has given it a type of leadership that is different from the world’s expectations. A plurality of Elders are key for the church in action.
The gospel of Jesus makes a splash in lives and the ripple effects continue to affect us for a lifetime. The church has good news that is speaks to physical and spiritual needs.
The message of grace comes to Iconium with both grace and power, challenging human tradition and creating a divide in the city. And yet, the church thrives. What type of culture enables a church to thrive in hostile settings?
In the Antioch church we see a church on the move, directed by the Spirit as a new people united in mission. What happens after the initial burst of gospel-fire? The steady flame of a faithful church.
In the Antioch church we see a church on the move, directed by the Spirit as a new people united in mission. The same Spirit directs us today. Could God not also use us?
By raising Jesus from the dead, God has fulfilled promises for us and made promises to us. He changes our today and changes our tomorrow.