Sunday, 21 October 2018
Duration: 31 mins 26 secs
For the disciples, holding onto the name of Jesus was going to make life difficult for them. The healing of the lame man in this passage by Peter and John was through the name of Jesus, not because His name is magical, but by power and authority that Jesus had through the grace of God. The lame man's trust in God allowed him to be healed. We need to allow Jesus' power and authority to work in our lives and submit ourselves daily to Him to allow Him to work in us as we serve others.
Sunday, 14 October 2018
Duration: 29 mins 54 secs
"We are not going to move this world by criticism of it nor conformity to it, but by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God." In this chapter of Acts we see the disciples waiting expectantly for the arrival of the promised Holy Spirit. When He comes in power it is in a way that none of them could have predicted, and even the people around them wonder what has happened and what it means. Peter responds to them with different types of evidence for who Jesus is, which is something all of us need to answer for ourselves today. As Peter pleads with them they respond with remorse and repentance and the church is unified, magnified and multiplied.
Sunday, 07 October 2018
Duration: 20 mins 31 secs
The end of the gospel of Luke reads like a happily-ever-after story, but Jesus isn't finished with His disciples. Although His salvation work is finished, He now declares them to be His witnesses and commissions them to proclaim His good news to all nations. The book of Acts also finishes without a real ending, because until Jesus returns our job as witnesses is not yet done.