Acts: Grace at Work

Date 27th March 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Acts 15:1-35

The good news of Jesus is good news of God’s grace (unmerited favour) to sinners and the church. But this week in Acts we are going to come to two challenges to that grace, both in the forms of how it applies to individuals, and how it operates in the church. And we’ll see that

Acts: The World is a Different Place

Date 20th March 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Acts 13:16-48

Isn’t it amazing that good news can both exciting and scary all at the same time? Like when you first hear that you are having a baby, or that you have been offered your first job, or that the offer on your first home has been accepted. Its both incredibly exciting, and somewhat terrifying all

Acts: Breaking Barriers

Date 13th March 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Acts 10:1-11

There are few things worse than being written off. Too slow. Too old. Too young. Too inexperienced. These labels put a barrier up and are all about exclusion. As we go through the book of Acts we have been seeing that when it comes to the gospel, what once were barriers, are barriers no more.

Dealing with Division

Date 06th March 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Acts 6:1-7

Dealing with Division: Every family knows the reality of difficulties and friction. It seems to be whenever you get people living together in close proximity there are bound to be some issues. The same is true in the church, even in the early church. This Sunday we come to Acts 6:1-7, which has the potential,

Acts: On Fire, Under Fire

Date 06th March 2011  by David Groenenboom  Bible passage Acts 5:12-42

On Fire, Under Fire. One of the challenges about reading Acts is coming face to face with the sheer amount of opposition the people faced. This passage is another point of tension – to put it mildly – between the NT church and the leaders of the Jewish faith. Amazing things happen, and God is

Acts: Does God Require Perfection?

Date 27th February 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Acts 5:1-11

Someone commented to me in the last week “I want to belong to the church of Acts 2.” And it seems very attractive, like they had no problems, and everyone was included, and exciting things we always happening. What’s not to love? And then we hit Acts 5, and all of a sudden it get

Acts: A New Community

Date 20th February 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Acts 2:42-47

Have you ever wondered what heaven is like? Maybe images of fluffy clouds, angels, harps and as much pizza as you can eat come to mind. The reality is that God has given us some glimpses of eternity, and they are not where we might expect, they are actually in the church. This Sunday, as

Acts: Church – Outward Bound

Date 13th February 2011  by David Groenenboom  Bible passage Acts 1:1-11

How do we understand the book of Acts? What was Luke’s intention as he wrote it? And what can we learn about how God is at work in his church, then and now? Acts 1 gets us off to a flying start – Jesus’ return to heaven, the Holy Spirit promised, Judas replaced. It all

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