Archive for the ‘05 – Acts’ Category

Jesus Gives His Final Words to His Apostles: BE WITNESSES (Acts 1:8)

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

In contrast to what Jesus told His apostles they were NOT to focus on (times or seasons), He does tell them what they ARE to be focusing on. Once they receive the Promise of the Father, the Holy Spirit, they will be enabled or empowered to be witnesses of Jesus. This witnessing is to take place in Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Jesus’ direction gives five indications concerning our witnessing. We have the Power to witness, the places to witness, and the prescription for witnessing.

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Jesus Gives His Final Words to His Apostles: NOT YOURS (Acts 1:6-7)

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

God has not given us access to all information. He has given us the information we need for life and godliness. In Acts 1:6, the apostles ask if Jesus is going to restore the kingdom to Israel. Jesus replies by saying that information regarding times and seasons is something God has not given to us. Jesus’ response also teaches us about the kingdom that will certainly be restored to Israel.

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Jesus Gives His Final Words to His Apostles: STAY & WAIT (Acts 1:4-5)

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Luke starts where he left off in his gospel by focusing on Jesus’ last day and last words. Luke records two commands that Jesus gives – stay in Jerusalem, and wait for the Promise of the Father (the Holy Spirit). We take time to consider whom Jesus was addressing, and why it matters a great deal.

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The Book of Acts: Luke Continued

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

Luke introduces his second volume, the Book of Acts, by looking back at his first volume, the Gospel of Luke. Luke affirms the certainty of the evidence of his first volume as he beings his second volume.

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Acts: The Empowered Church in Action – Introduction

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

With this message, we launch into the Book of Acts! Having finished our study of the Book of Luke, we continue forward in history in this book known as “The Acts of the Apostles.” As we get started, we examine why the Book of Acts is so critical. We look briefly at 17 reasons why Acts is so important.

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God’s Leaders in the Church: The LEADING Functions of a Pastor

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
God’s Leaders in the Church: The LEADING Functions of a Pastor
From our summer study of “God’s Leaders in the Church,” we looked at two areas of pastoral responsibility: leading and feeding. In this study, we examine 15 biblical leading responsibilities assigned to pastors.

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God’s Leaders in the Church: What Is a Bishop?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
God’s Leaders in the Church: What Is a Bishop?
We begin a topical series for our combined Wednesday evening study sessions. In this first study, we examine the title of “bishop,” its meaning, and the two other words that relate to the same position. We also briefly look at why the three terms – bishop/overseer, pastor/shepherd, and elder are all terms that identify the same leadership position in the church.

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Paul’s Final Words to the Ephesian Elders (Acts 20:32-35)

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

In this lesson, we summarize verses 17-31, and then take a look at five final principles Paul shares with the Ephesian elders. What last, most important things would you share to church leaders?

Paul’s Charge to the Ephesian Elders (Acts 20:28-31)

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Paul commands the elders of Ephesus regarding their responsibilities to themselves and to God’s flock. He also warns them of two imminent threats to the church.

Seven Life Lessons from Paul’s Ministry (Acts 20:17-27)

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Paul is heading to Jerusalem. On his way, he stops by Miletus, a city about a day’s journey from Ephesus. Under a strict schedule, but wanting to charge the elders of Ephesus, he calls for them and they meet him in Miletus. Paul bares his soul, first using his own life to challenge and encourage this church leaders. In this study, we look at Paul’s own example, and seven lessons we can learn from that example.