Current Series: The Book of Acts
Why Study/Preach Acts?
The book of Acts is a fascinating story that
details how the world was turned upside down by the earliest people that embraced Jesus as Lord. It is a book that captures the stories that tell about what it looked like when the Spirit
of God came to dwell with God’s people.
For many of us, it has been known and taught as a book about Acts has been used to support and confirm church doctrine and practice.
how to do church. We’ve gone to Acts
looking for examples of how we organize and carry out church in our day and time.
While there is certainly some valid reasoning
behind why we’ve done this - what I want to suggest is that in the process we may have missed the captivating story that Luke is telling. Because Acts is about much more than
just blueprint for how to do church. It is a
story about God establishing His nation, His Kingdom on earth. It is about people who took their call to follow Jesus so seriously that they risked and sometimes lost their lives.
They welcomed foreigners (Gentiles) into
God’s fellowship and traveled all over the known world to make sure that the message of Jesus was shared far and wide.
Did you know that one of the last words in the book of Acts is UNLEASHED? (Acts 28:31) I think this tells us something about the message Luke was hoping to convey. God’s reign and rule has come and now God’s
people are emboldened and empowered - unleashed - to live out what they feel and know in their hearts.
I think Acts has a lot to say to us. As
we begin this journey I pray that we will be unleashed in our place. I pray that our eyes will be opened to how the Spirit of God is at work in us and in the world so that we might
join the work that God is already doing. Its
going to be a rewarding 13 weeks!
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