Dream about a church that unleashes the love of God in such a compelling way that people want to be a part of it. Dream about a church who reaches pimps, plumbers, teachers, barbers, electricians, politicians, parents, kids, students and people of every walk of life. Dream about a church that is so united they meet regularly for prayer, fasting and give away their possession. That is the church in Acts. In this sermon Neal preaches from Acts 28:11-31 and talks about how the gospel is for everyone.
Many of us have the tendency to speak metaphorically about storms when describing life situations. We talk about making it through the storm or how we’re in the middle of a tough storm. Storms have a way of revealing our character. Storms can make us or break us. Storms test us and require us to dig deep into what is happening in our life. Listen in as Neal teaches on Acts 27 and the first part of Acts 28. Paul and his companions find themselves in a storm but trust God to lead them through it.
One of the reasons the early church experienced such explosive growth is because believers thought it was better to please God than to please others. In Acts 26 Paul shares his story with a King! Yep, a humble Jewish man gets to tell a king about the love of God and the promised Messiah. Paul’s faith in Christ inspires each of us to live a life like his. Paul’s passion to share about Christ motivates us to tell others about Jesus. Listen in as Neal talks about how we all need to be ready to share our faith.
Have you ever felt like you're in a boring chapter of your life? If so, you're in good company. Listen in as guest speaker, Chris Hall, gives us some encouragement from Paul's boring chapter in Acts 25.
Five days ago Paul was taken from Jerusalem to Caesarea where he is bound in chains and awaiting a trial. His Jewish opponents bring out all the stops against him. Paul calmly defends himself and speaks truth when false accusations fly. In the midst of this, a Governor makes a non-decision for Christ. Listen in as Neal teaches about how to “Hurry Up and Wait” from Acts 24.
Most recently, Paul has been focused on making it to Jerusalem. Upon his arrival, he is welcomed by the brothers in the church, but the next week he is almost killed in the temple courts and arrested under false accusations. In our Bible passage this morning we’re going to see that Paul’s life is once again in danger. Listen in as Neal preaches a sermon titled our Ever Protective God on Acts 23:12-35.
Guest speaker, Mike Lovato joins us this week! Listen in as he continues our Acts series with a message about staying courageous in the face of chaos.
Think of the pain that rumors cause. Reputations are ruined by rumors. Marriages are destroyed by miscommunication, relationships are severed with poor information and churches are destroyed by the small spark of a lie. When you think about your life, how have rumors hurt you? Maybe you’ve been the victim of a painful rumor. We’ve all seen the personal impact of how rumors impact our lives, our family, a loved one or in some cases, the local church. Listen in this week as Paul experiences a number of misunderstandings in Jerusalem but lives boldly in Christ.
In the beginning of Acts Jesus gave clear instructions to His disciples to share the truth of God with those who were far from Him. Thus far in our study, the gospel message has spread from Jerusalem and as far as Greece. For the last couple chapters of Acts we’ve been following the apostle Paul as he strengthens and encourages the churches. For two years he has been focused on returning to Jerusalem to give an offering to the church. Paul’s visit to Jerusalem will soon come but first he must visit with some other believers. Listen as Neal teaches about the warning lights that marked Paul’s path to Jerusalem from Acts 21:1-16.
Someone once said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” That person is wrong. Our words hold major power. They can sway a person to make positive choices or negative choices. They shape our children, siblings and co-workers. In reality, words are more powerful than any stick or stone. This Sunday, Neal preaches on Acts 20 and talks about how Paul went to great lengths to encourage the church to stand strong in the Lord.