We will wrap up a sermon series this Sunday by unpacking the New Joy we have in Christ. To illustrate, we will use an odd passage of scripture in Acts 16. In this passage, Paul and Silas are mistreated, flogged and jailed, not quite the recipe for joy. But we are told in Acts 16:25, "About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them." What compels someone to sing and pray in the midst of suffering? It's joy! Join us in learning about the joy we have in Jesus, even in a world where it seems impossible.
We have been studying how the resurrection of Jesus changes everything for us. This Sunday, we will unpack how the resurrection gives us a new vision, a different outlook on life. We will watch as the vision of ministry is changed right before the Apostle Peter’s eyes as he sees an incredible vision. What the Lord did for Peter was expand his vision of the Kingdom to include the gentiles. In exploring Acts 10, we will see how our vision can be expanded to reach the ONE who needs Christ right here in our community.
This Sunday, we will unpack the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In Acts 2, we see this power on display as the Lord launches the church in a very interesting way. We are told in Acts 2:1-3, “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.” We will look at the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives and how He can work within us to impact the One who needs Christ in our community and in our world.
This Sunday, we will unpack the first chapter of Acts and discover the new purpose that Jesus gives to His disciples. In Acts 1:6, the disciples ask, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” They were thinking of a physical kingdom, but Jesus was thinking of a Spiritual Kingdom. They were thinking of the glory of Israel; Jesus was thinking of the glory of God. The disciples were thinking local; Jesus was thinking global. It seems that our purpose for our lives is often small, and yet God’s purpose for our lives is often for a much bigger purpose. Ultimately, we will learn that His New Purpose for our lives always bring Him glory.
There are no sweeter words than those of the angel to the ladies who were bringing spices to anoint Jesus' body at the tomb. In Mark 16:6, the angel says, "Don't be alarmed, You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him." The resurrection of Jesus changes everything for us. It not only changes our future, but it also changes our present. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:22, "... in Christ all will be made alive." This Sunday, Resurrection Sunday, we will celebrate the New Life we have in Christ.