The basis of the scripture this morning is that Paul felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to go to Jerusalem. Have you ever felt led of the Lord to do something? If so, then you know what Paul was feeling! In these verses, the great apostle teaches us what a believer does when he or she is compelled by the Holy Spirit as we see a powerful lesson of dedication, determination, and steadfastness.
When you became a Christian, Jesus set you free. But what does that freedom really mean, and how is it different from the freedom we celebrate on Independence Day?
If you want to cultivate a heart that is centered on the love of God, it is important to consider what the Bible has to say on the topic of Christian liberty.
This week Cody Summers brings a challenging message to move us from our comfort zones into a deeper relationship with God. Sometimes this means we have to swallow hard and step out in faith by being obedient to what God has said.
Today in Acts 19 we come to verses 8-20 where we clearly see God at work through the life of Paul. As he faces opposition, God uses even that to further the Gospel to Jews and Greeks alike throughout Asia.
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus and on his arrival he found some disciples and asked them a strange question. Their answer stuns us.
Even John the Baptist had talked about the Holy Spirit, and one would certainly expect his followers to respond differently. From what we know in this brief account, these men were even less advanced than Apollos, placing their singular focus on John the Baptist.
This morning we'll look at that unique encounter that Paul had with these disciples upon his return.
As we look at this account in Acts 18, it describes the growth of the church, but also gives us insight into how Christians mature. It’s this stage of physical growth that I want to compare to the spiritual growth of a Christian.
When you belong to God, you are His child; you've accepted His free give of salvation through faith in His only Son Jesus and now He is you heavenly Father. The point is that you cannot Run from God--and get away with it.
Cody Summers shares a message today about just that.
As we look in Matthew chapter 5, the Lord began his famous Sermon on the Mount with a series of verses that have come to be known as the Beatitudes.
Our focus today is on BEING Before DOING.
Verse 6 in Matthew 5, is planted squarely in the middle of this section. All of the beatitudes coming before it, point to it. And all of the ones following it, come out of it.
It's important to understand the point Jesus is making here. These are the big “Be” attitudes and not the Do” attitudes. Being comes before doing, because what we do is always determined by who we are.
In the last couple weeks we’ve looked at how stress in our lives is both Predictable and Problematic for us.
Today, I want to consider the other three factors of stress: Stress is also Paradoxical, Purposeful, and Profitable.
As we’ve discussed previously, it really goes against our nature to consider trials and joy having some sort of connection. In fact, we usually and completely disassociate the two. James’s admonition seems diametrically opposed to the way we tend to look at life’s challenges and difficulties.
Trials—and the stress they bring—are predictable: all of us will encounter them. But stress from trials can also be problematic, in fact, it can be one of your worst enemies. It has ruined many lives and relationships. Stress hurts.
James directs us to consider, various, or many kinds of trials, to be—pure joy.