Acts

Act on Your Faith

2 Corinthians 13.5-11

Prepare to Be Tested

Challenge Your Mentality (2 Cor. 10.1-6)
Challenge Your Physical Comfort Zone (2 Cor. 11.23-29)
Challenge Your Character(2 Cor. 13.5-11)
Challenge Your Character (2 Cor. 13.5-11)

Embrace Discomfort (5a)
Look for Opportunities to Test Your Authenticity (5b)
Experience Jesus in Yourself and in Others (5c-6)
Love the Truth No Matter What (7-8)
Aim for Restoration (9-11)

Trials, Platforms, and Limitations

Acts 26.12-32

  1. Integrate Paul’s Trials with Our New Testament
  2. Gain a Better Perspective (Philippians)
    1. Feel good about God's work in people (1.3-7)
    2. Empty yourself like Jesus did (2.1-7)
    3. Release the past (3.13-15)
    4. Learn the secret of contentment (4.10-13)
  • A. Feel good about God's work in people (1.3-7)
  • B. Empty yourself like Jesus did (2.1-7)
  • C. Release the past (3.13-15)
  • D. Learn the secret of contentment (4.10-13)
     

Faith Journeys pt4

Get Involved in Church Life (18.1-20.38)

  1. Give the gift of a gentle spirit (1 Cor 1-4)
  2. Receive the gift of identity (Ephesians)
  3. Move from Receiver to Giver (Acts 20.35) (Uncover Who God Made You To Be)

Faith Journeys pt3

1. Employ Strategic Simplicity (13-14) 
2. Navigate Basic Challenges
    Process Conflict Well (15.36-41)
    Work for Social Justice, but Live the Gospel (16.35-40)
    Reject Demagoguery (Media & Manipulations) (17.1-9) 
    Cultivate a Noble Heart & Mind (17.10-15)
    Celebrate the Sovereignty of God (17.16-34)
2. Get Challenged with God’s Bottom Line
    Build People, not Movements (18.1-17)
    Get Involved in Church Life (18.24-19.41)

Faith Journeys pt2

Acts 17.1-34

  1. Employ Strategic Simplicity (13-14) 
  2. Navigate Basic Challenges
    1. Process Conflict Well (15.36-41)
    2. Work for Social Justice, but Live the Gospel (16.35-40)
    3. Reject Demagoguery (Media & Manipulations) (17.1-9) 
    4. Cultivate a Noble Heart & Mind (17.10-15) (Not Trust Issues and Skepticism)

Faith Journeys

Acts 14.8-28

  1. Employ Strategic Simplicity (13-14) 
  2. Navigate Basic Challenges
    1. Process Conflict Well (15.36-41)
    2. Work for Social Justice, but Live the Gospel (16.35-40)
    3. Reject Demagoguery (Media & Manipulations) (17.1-9) 
  3. Get Challenged with God’s Bottom Line

Transitions

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Lessons from the Jerusalem Council

  1. Summon Courage for Apostolic, Pioneering Leadership - Acts 11.19-22; Acts 15.1-11 (Peter)
  2. Find Evangelistic, Enthusiastic Salesmen & Implementers - Acts 11.23-26; Acts 13-14; Acts 15.12 (Paul and Barnabas)
  3. Judge with Prophetic Discernment - Acts 15.13-19 (James)
  4. Temper Things with Sincere Pastoral Care - Acts 15.20-29 (The Elders and Apostles) (Things Take Time!)
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Floodgates of Grace pt2

Acts 11.1-26

Rules and Righteousness
1.  Why are we so quick to rake people over the coals? (1-3)
2.  What is our one defense against critical spirits? (4-7)
3.  What was Peter’s biggest hurdle to overcome? (8-10)
4.  How do we move from law to grace? (11-18)
5.  Once the floodgates are opened, what do we need? (22-26)

Opening the Floodgates of Grace

Acts 10.9-43

  • Question 1: Is a healthy fire there?
    • Am I hungry? (9-16)
    • Can I welcome a stranger? (17-23)
    • Can I push through false guilt? (24-29)
  • Question 2: Can I get over myself & change?
    • Will I step out of the boat of my worldview? (30-35)
    • Do I practice the simplicity of the Gospel? (36-43)
    • Can I stop making people jump through hoops? (44-49)
    • Can I overcome the false scruples of my own conscience? (11.1-18)