Being a beggar in first century Jerusalem was not good news. Even less so if you were unable to walk. But thanks to the Holy Spirit, Peter and John were about to change all that, for one man at least. We’ve reached Acts 3 in our series “Breakout”.
Acts 2, the story of Pentecost – but what’s that actually about? Is it about the Church? Is it about the Holy Spirit? Those things come into it – but the real star of the show is Jesus, and the theme is the Gospel.
We’re starting a new series looking at the book of Acts. The disciples start off, as they’ve done so often over the previous three years, asking the wrong question – “are we there yet?”
We’re coming to the end of the first half of the book of Acts, so this morning will be the last in the current series (until next year). But today we’ve got one more chance to see Peter and the church in Jerusalem, as they encounter once again the God of the impossible.
Do you remember “join-the-dots” puzzles? Sometimes they’re easy, but sometimes you can’t see what the picture is until you get the dots joined up. In our journey through the book of Acts, two people in today’s passage have some dots joined up for them by God, which gives them a radically new perspective on some [ more… ]
For the last two weeks in our series looking at the book of Acts, we’ve been talking about the events surrounding the death of Stephen. But what about his death (and life) itself? John Dalrymple considers Stephen’s “falling asleep” from a very personal perspective.
The Bible is clear that God does not cause bad things to happen. But again and again, we see him using bad news to do good things. That’s exactly what happens after the murder of Stephen, as we see in the next part of our journey through the book of Acts.
Although we sometimes think of “stories” as simple tales that we tell to children, they’re actually much more important than that. We all have a story – a key narrative that shapes our life. Today we’re looking again at Stephen’s story – both in the sense of what happened to him, and what the central [ more… ]
So far in the book of Acts, we’ve seen how the new community of believers had grown at an astonishing rate, living and worshipping and sharing together as they lived out the gospel and witnessed to the resurrection of Jesus. Today we’ll see how they dealt with some very practical problems arising from that explosive [ more… ]
The “simple” healing at the beginning of chapter 3 gives rise to another opportunity to tell people about Jesus, which nearly sets off a riot and (by chapter 4) gets Peter and John arrested. When they get out by the skin of their teeth, how does the rest of the church react? Unfortunately there is [ more… ]