When Paul arrives in Athens, he is in the heart of a very different culture. And while his message of Jesus remains the same, how he tells the story of Jesus changes drastically. How do we act or react when the culture doesn’t align with what we believe? (Acts 17:16-34, Luke 19:10, John 17:15-18, Matt 26:53, John 6:15, Matt 5:14-16, John 1:15, John 14:16-17, Rev 21:3)
We live in a noisy age, where all of the voices claiming truth yell at the same volume. What do Paul and the Bereans have to teach us about finding truth amidst the noise? (Acts 17:1-15, Jn 14:6, Jn 18:37-38, Eph 4:14, Col 2:8, 2 Tim 3:16-17, Rom 1:19-20, Jn 16:5-15, Col 3:16, Jer 10:24)
God didn’t create use to live in isolation. How do some of our most important relationships throughout our lives (family, friendship, dating/marriage) affect the way that we understand God and the gospel.
1 Cor 13
Paul & Silas in prison – Part 2.
Gentleness is not weak – how we react in tough situations indicates the condition of our hearts.
Acts 16:25-39 NLT
Paul and Silas find themselves in a prison in Philippi. After being publicly stripped, beaten, and imprisoned, their response is midnight prayer and worship. Joy, apparently, is not bound by our circumstance. (Acts 16:19-34, Ps 142:4-7, Is 53:3, Heb 10:25, Song of Sol 2:11-13)
Spoken Word performed by Daniel from Youthope
Conflict is inevitable. A new teaching infects the church of Antioch and we begin to see the church bogged down in disagreement. Conflict handled poorly leads to division, but conflict handled well leads to deeper intimacy and community. Grace, apparently, is worth fighting for. (Acts 15:1-35, Gen 17:9-11, Matt 5:17, Gal 2:11-13, Jn 14:6, Matt 18:15-20, Prov 27:6, Gal 5:1-11, Jn 3:16-17)
Every one of us has a strange desire to replace God with things we can see, hear, and touch. Every time we make that switch, we bow down to a false god. Recognizing these idols for the worthless things they are helps us escape the disillusionment and disappointment that comes when these false gods inevitably fail. (Acts 14:8-20 / Is 44:10,13-20 / Ex 20:3-5 / Rom 1:19-25 / Col 1:18 / Eph 4:14-16 / I Cor 11:1)