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Peter tells us to have a "ready defense". What does this mean? How do we prepare for the attack? Tonight, we discuss what a ready defense is and how having one will strengthen your walk with Christ.
Words matter. In fact, words matter so much that the Bible shows us God spoke all of creation into existence. Of course there are people who doubt this reality...and they use words to prove their point...and I rest my case that words matter. Yet more important than words is our perception of God. Simply stated, a distorted view of God leads to dysfunction. This is why it is vital to understand God as the Bible (not culture, or another person, or anything else) portrays Him. An amazing way The Church can help people get a more accurate picture of God is by sharing our stories. Many people cannot relate to God for one valid reason or another...but people can relate to a friend they know. And when the friend of a person far from God shares their story...amazing things can happen.
Paul continues to provide evidence to rebuke the slanderous accusations brought against him by the Jews in Thessalonica. In this sermon we look at how the conduct of Paul's team proved to the Thessalonians that both they and the gospel were credible. As we evaluate our lives, we have to consider what kind of message we are sending to the people around us about the gospel and about Jesus Christ. Does our conduct bring glory to Christ or does it bring contempt?
As a follower of Jesus you must share your story. If you disagree, then please share why after listening to the sermon. If you agree, then after listening to the sermon, do it! If you are not sure, may God use this sermon to help encourage you on your journey of faith. The reality is, God's past actions are to embolden faithfulness in the present. How many people be emboldened by hearing of God's actions in your story?
Putting the U in chUrch: Elemental May 19, 2013 Text: Acts 1:3-8; 2:1-41; II Timothy 1:7 Key Thought: God wants to give us more of His Spirit to empower us to boldly tell others about Christ’s love. [And] you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8, NLT
Saul can be considered the Osama ben Laden of his day, he hated Jesus and the church and hunted down and voted to kill Christians. But as he neared the ancient city, he discovered that God had other plans for him. As Saul traveled to Damascus he was confronted by the risen Christ and brought face to face with the truth of the Good News.