Sermon Series: Being Church Today

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Sermon Series: Being Church Today

After the Holy Spirit fell on all flesh on the day of Pentecost, the followers of the Way of Jesus became empowered to bear witness to God’s deeds of power. They embraced their call and commission to be the church in the world, going out into the world to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. In our exploration of the early church in the book of Acts, we will accompany this Spirit-formed community guided and commanded by Jesus himself to be the body of Christ in a world hostile and resistant to the good news of Jesus Christ. Through this series, we will read, consider, and meditate on how the Holy Spirit as an active presence in our midst can empower us to be as faithful and committed as the early church in light of the pressures of a world hostile and resistant to the good news of Jesus Christ.

October 6, 2019: Wonder-Working Power
Jesus told his disciples that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon them . . . power to continue Jesus’ ministry of service, healing, and deliverance. The apostles and disciples would soon be filled with power and they and the world would never be same. They discover that there is wonder-working power in the name of Jesus. Are we tapping into the wonder-working power the Holy Spirit confers upon us?

October 13, 2019: All Hands on Deck
Conflict in the church is a threat to unity and our responsibility to serve the vulnerable. We need not divide ourselves for each of us is endowed with gifts and a calling that make us an essential member of the body of Christ. From tending to the word of God to feeding the hungry to caring for the orphan, widow, or the stranger, all are needed to be the church in the world.

October 20, 2019: Not for Sale
It is hard to escape that every facet of our life and engagement with others is influenced by an economic system that seeks to brand, market, and commoditize everything it touches, including our faith and our relationships. God offers us grace and the gift of the Holy Spirit because of God’s faithfulness and lovingkindness. Not because of our status or ability to pay. We cannot obtain God’s gift with money; we accept God’s grace with our willingness to receive the good news with an open heart.

October 27, 2019: Every, Any, and All
All too often, churches, denominations, and religious authorities subject the wideness of God’s welcome and salvation to the conditions and requirements of their own theology and organizations, refusing to accept and include others who are not like them. And yet, the good news of Jesus Christ cannot be confined and controlled. The early church’s growth was a testament to the power of God’s determination to save everybody and all of creation.