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Today we continue the message series, “The Holy Spirit: God Alive in You!” In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were following God’s calling and experiencing powerful ministry when they hit choppy waters that would land them in prison. With God’s strength and their resolve, Paul and Silas advanced through their adversity to bring about a great witness for Christ. Pastor Kevin presents six stages of their story, revealing how to follow the work of the Spirit in your life and not despair when heavy adversity strikes.
We are in a series of messages that we are calling “Defining Moments.” Our lives are sprinkled with defining moments—moments that shape the rest of our lives, moments that are so important that the rest of our lives hang in the balance of these moments. We have talked about such topics as our births—both our physical births and spiritual births, baptism, and marriage. We even talked about how historical moments are defining moments (wars, hurricanes, etc.) On Easter Sunday we talked about “The Most Defining Moment of all of History”—the resurrection of Jesus. We have since been trying to isolate other defining moments. We have talked about such things as failure, crisis, and last time parenting.As we begin to wind this series down, I want to share with you this morning that one of life’s most defining moments could come at any time. There are many examples in the Bible. Moses wasn’t looking for a defining moment when God appeared to him in the burning bush. None of the disciples were looking to be part of a history-changing band of disciples when Jesus called to them, “Come follow me.” The Apostle Paul certainly wasn’t looking for a defining moment when Jesus met him on the Road to Damascus. In the midst of all of these examples, we turn to the Book of Ruth this morning.The book of Judges and 1 Samuel is separated by Ruth, which gives an account of a “bright spot” for Israel in the days of the judges. Ruth points to the theological truth that God is still sovereign and in control, even in the darkest days of rebellion and sin.
Unless you repent you will also likewise perish
Hear the life story of James Love, FUEL's Worship Director, and the mighty and humbling lessons God has shown him
Unpacking the redemption and Gospel story in the book of Ruth.
When the unthinkable, unchangeable and unexpected came and dashed the dreams of a young lady, she made a difficult choice, with time, that choice turned the biggest tragedy of her life to a blessing beyond limits! (Lorsque l’imprévisible, l’inchangeable sont venus détruire les rêves d’une jeune fille, elle a fait un choix difficile qui avec le temps a changé’ la plus grande tragédie de sa vie en une bénédiction sans limites!)
Where is God in tragedy and suffering? A study on the Book of Job.