How to be Christian during a crisis (such as global pandemic) – Acts 6:8-8:3, Part 5

How should Christians live in a liminal moment such as our current global health crisis? All week long we have been studying the life and ministry of Stephen, one of the earliest followers of Jesus, attempting to answer that question. If you want to learn more about Stephen, start by reading the first post here.Continue reading “How to be Christian during a crisis (such as global pandemic) – Acts 6:8-8:3, Part 5”

Did Stephen make a mistake in his sermon? – Acts 6:8-8:3, Part 2

How are we to live in liminal moments? As I write this, our world is in the throes of the coronavirus. As we saw in the previous post, the early church experienced a liminal moment of their own, the threat of punishment and persecution from the powerful religious leaders in the city of Jerusalem. HowContinue reading “Did Stephen make a mistake in his sermon? – Acts 6:8-8:3, Part 2”

What churches need to be devoted to (and a building is not one of them) – Acts 2, Part 5

What would your church do if God brought revival to your church and in a relatively short time period thousands of new people started coming to your church? What we have seen in the first church was that 3000 people were added to their number that day in Acts 2. If that happened to us,Continue reading “What churches need to be devoted to (and a building is not one of them) – Acts 2, Part 5”

The moment that changed everything (also the Spirit as wind, fire…and speaking in tongues)- Acts 2, Part 2

This is the moment everything changed. Have you experienced one of those in your life? A 9/11 moment where you say, “Before that day life was one way, and now after that day, everything seems different.” It could be a job loss, a death of a loved one, a serious illness, or very positive events,Continue reading “The moment that changed everything (also the Spirit as wind, fire…and speaking in tongues)- Acts 2, Part 2”

How would you start a church? – Acts 2, Part 1

What would you do if you were starting a church from scratch?  Would you dream up a creative architectural design for a building that would draw attention from the community?  Would you focus on the gathering for worship and put together a certain kind of musical or artistic program?  Would it be multi-cultural?  What doctrinesContinue reading “How would you start a church? – Acts 2, Part 1”

Two vital things churches need to do (Are you doing them?) – Acts 1, Part 5

If you had to narrow it down to only two things, what would they be? I’m asking in regard to the title of this post: two vital things the church needs to do. What do you think? Before you read on to my suggested answer, take a minute and consider how you might answer. I’dContinue reading “Two vital things churches need to do (Are you doing them?) – Acts 1, Part 5”

How to wait – Acts 1, Part 4

What are you waiting for? Waiting is hard. Are you waiting well? Or are you waiting poorly? What does waiting well look like? As we continue studying Acts 1, we’ve arrived at verses 12-14, where the disciples are waiting, and they show us how to wait well. After Jesus left them, we read that theyContinue reading “How to wait – Acts 1, Part 4”

Jesus’ surprising instructions: Wait and Witness (what is that???) – Acts 1, Part 2

Yesterday I started what a series studying the book of Acts, and the central question we’ll be asking each week is this: How did the first Christians live as followers of Jesus, in their world? This week we are working through Acts 1. In the first three verses, we learned that, over the 40 daysContinue reading “Jesus’ surprising instructions: Wait and Witness (what is that???) – Acts 1, Part 2”

How Should Christians Live in the World (Introducing Acts) – Acts 1, Part 1

How should Christians live in the world?  Do the Republicans have it right?  Should we follow the Democrats?  Is American life the way to go?  What about some other country, like England, that has a Christian heritage?  What about Spain or France or Italy which are predominantly Catholic nations.  Should we follow the Catholic way? Continue reading “How Should Christians Live in the World (Introducing Acts) – Acts 1, Part 1”

Does God hate your church’s worship (and how to find out) – Current Events Q1 2020 – Affordable Housing, Part 3

Has your church ever evaluated your worship services? How do you know what is good worship and what is not? What metrics do you use? Quality? Excellence? Professionalism? Attendance? Growth? Better yet, what metrics would God want you to use? As we continue our study this week on affordable housing, surprisingly perhaps, one Old TestamentContinue reading “Does God hate your church’s worship (and how to find out) – Current Events Q1 2020 – Affordable Housing, Part 3”