Stephen is accused of blasphemy against the Law and the Temple, he defends these accusations by calling his accusers to surrender their heart to the new work that God is doing through the ressurection.
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In Acts 6 Stephen is seized by a group of zealous Jews who banded together from all over the Roman empire to stop his message. The drag him in front of the men that had ultimately killed Jesus and generate false testimony accusing him of religious crimes. Through all this Stephen is said to have "a face like that of an Angel."
The Apostles Peter and John stare in the face of the men that ultimately had Jesus killed and stick to their story, knowing full well that they were risking their own lives. After encountering the resureciton there is no alternative: proclaim what you've seen.
In Acts 4 a story of healing and an imperative to turn from sin are paired together. We are reminded that turning away from something isn't enough: what are we turning toward?
The result of the Resurrection was a community that looked and acted differently. Acts 2 shows us some valuable hallmarks of that new movement, halmarks that should be a challenge us to go deeper into our commitment to live the Gospel.
In the second half of Acts 2 Peter delivers his famous Pentecost sermon. He focuses on complicity of the gathered Jews in the execution of Jesus, and the world changing power of the resurrection.
Acts 1: 12-26 Pray and Lead
In the second half of Acts 1 we see the Resurrection community gathered in a persistent and united prayer, and seeking to restore leadership in the movement so that the mission can go forward with integrity and continuity. What do we pray for? How do we lead?
Acts isn't an apologetic, it's not meant to defend anything. It tells its story with confidence that it matters; no hint of ego or self consciousness. Acts doesn't spend a lot of time being theoretical, it gets right to living. And so should we.
This week we wrap up "The Feels" series on Psalms. Psalm 139 is about a God who knows us and who is at once big enough to hold the world together and intimate enough to meet us where we are.
Guest speaker, Jay Carlson, speaks about feeling alone; referencing Psalms 142 and 57.
Pastor Noah continues "The Feels" series with the topic of love rooted in action... The way God loves.
The Psalmist asks God to let the evil make their own bed and lay in it. But he wants more, for satan to come alongside his enemy, for his enemies children to be forgotten and left without help or kindness. Has the Psalmist gone too far?