When Persecution Seems to Have ‘Knocked Out’ the Ministry of the Gospel, the Best Strategy is to Get up off the Mat and Preach the Gospel Some More!
Acts 6:8-15; 7:1-60
Sometimes when you speak up for Jesus, like Peter, you get 3000 souls. Other times, like Stephen, you get 3000 stones. Either way, God gets the glory and will eventually get the victory.
Passage: Acts 6
Navigating the Stormy Seas of Church Life with Biblical Priorities and Principles can make Problems Become Stepping-Stones Rather than Stumbling Blocks.
Nothing Can Stop God’s Power to Get His Word Out.
Luke 19:28-40; 23:13-25
It is shocking to feel the contrast between those words of blessing, “Hosanna, Hosanna“ and the words of cursing, “Crucify, Crucify!“ It is even more shocking to realize they are shouted at the same person, Jesus of Nazareth. And, it is incredibly shocking that these words were likely spoken by some of the same people in both crowds. And perhaps, most shocking of all, is the fact that these two scenes happened just five days apart!” How in the world did this happen, and Who is Responsible?!
Churches and Individuals Have Highs and Lows—Times of Joy and Judgment. God Can Use Both for Our Good and His Glory!
Persecution comes with the territory of speaking up for Jesus, but it can never win in the end!
The Name of Jesus Has the Power to Do Amazing Miracles of Physical Healing, Which Point Ahead to the Miracle of Spiritual Saving.
God’s crazy plan to change the world is to convert a bunch of ‘messiah-murderers’ into a group of people who love God and others in such a way that they become magnets of God‘s mercy to the world.
Peter Shows Us Rookies How to Speak Up for Jesus With Boldness, Scripture, and Compassion Through the Power of the Holy Spirit.
There’s a Lot of Confusion and Controversy Over the Meaning of the Day Of Pentecost. But, Simply Put, It Was a Wonderful Day that Demonstrated Both God’s Love for the World, and His Amazing Ability to Work Powerfully Through His People!
The Supernatural Work of the Gospel Can Only Be Accomplished Through a Supernatural Being. So, Don’t Forget the Holy Spirit!
The Book of Acts is the Bridge from ‘All that Jesus Began to Do and Teach’ to ‘What He Continues to Do and Teach’ through His People, Empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Using the Spiritual Gifts God Gave You Ministers to Others, Builds Up the Body of Christ, Brings Joy to You, and Glory to God!
Colossians 1:3-6; 1:26-28, 2:19
A Healthy Church is One that is Growing Both Deeper In its Maturity, and Wider in its Influence, through the Holy Spirit.