We are a growing community of whole-life disciples who are alert to God’s leading, paying careful attention to one another and the moment we are in, so that we can be good news to those around us.
Receive Grace – An Embarrassing Guest
Jesus was regularly invited to meals. Some wanted to argue with him, others just wanted to get close to him.
Some folks were socially at ease with him. But some seemed to make a fuss – to such an extent that it could be embarrassing.
But Jesus didn’t seem fazed by it, In fact he seemed to enjoy it. Maybe it was because he knew that this is how grace feels to those starved of hope.
That’s still how it feels.
Acting Like Jesus – Faith Not Fear
After his conversion Saul arrives back in Jerusalem, but not to the welcome he had hoped for.
The disciples there are fearful of Saul and his intentions.
Saul needs someone to be his advocate and stand with him. Barnabas is just the man for the job…
The Gospel Breaks New Ground – Enemies
In Luke’s tale of two visions, God calls two people to change their life plans in order for the gospel of Jesus to spread further.
The Gospel Breaks New Ground – From Jerusalem To Africa
Most of us live with two nagging questions that keep coming back to haunt us.
‘How do we know what we should be doing?’‘I don’t think I fit in here, am I good enough?’
Acts 8 gives us a glimpse of the answers to both of these questions.
The Gospel Breaks New Ground – A City Opens Up
The action has all been in Jerusalem up to now but with the persecution, the gospel travels to the places where people had thought things could never change.
Samaria was an ongoing problem to the Jews – history and culture meant that they could never imagine that things could ever be any different.
Yet change happens because of the bravery of people and the power of the Spirit.
How might this lead us to see our own situations and our city differently?
The Challenge to Religion
The religious folks resisted what was happening, and charge Stephen with going against the temple and the law. Stephen re-tells their own history to them, showing that God has always operated outside of the temple, Jerusalem and Israel. God was with his people, and at work, in all the difficult places.
God is in the business of doing new things. We are on a journey with him. In difficult times, times of change, times of uncertainty, we follow Jesus.
Sometimes in order to pick up new things, we have to lay other things down.
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