This is the story of Easter! This is the power that is changing the world!
After 3 years of phenomenal miracles, breathtaking teaching, and compassionate encounters with the poor and marginalised, Jesus said his time on earth was coming to an end! The disciples will have thought, ‘Come Again Jesus - What are you saying?’. After His death, they gathered in an upper room fearful for there lives. But that was the moment when God the Holy Spirit broke in. When suddenly the whole of what seemed like the tragic Easter story made sense.
A powerful declaration by God that he would transform ordinary people into extraordinary followers, as God made His home in them! And with boldness and confidence, the Easter story hit the streets and thousands were made new! God brought and new presence, a new purpose and formed a new people….His glorious church….a city on a hill and a light that would never be put out! This is the story of Easter! This is the power that is changing the world!
How’s life? Easy or challenging? By reading the last two chapters of Acts, we can safely come to the conclusion that Apostle Paul had a difficult time. However, we learn that by the grace of God he turned difficulties into opportunities. Also, the book doesn’t end there, the Acts of the Holy Spirit continues at His Church today.
In this talk we unpack Paul’s various trials relating to his new found faith. The reality is as people we probably won’t end up in a courtroom defending our beliefs, however, have you ever been asked a difficult question about your faith? Or been asked to explain what you believe in? Gavin gives some helpful tips for defending your faith as well as reminding us what our ultimate motivation should be when having these conversations.
If there was ever a manual for Christian discipleship it must be the book of Acts! This breathtaking story highlights, amongst many other things that are important to the spiritual formation of a believer in the context of church community, how we handle our money with grace-filled generosity and godly stewardship, makes a difference.
In Acts, we see that leaders are vital to the church being all it is called to be. Whether it is leading in the church, the home, the workplace or somewhere else, there are lessons we can learn from Paul’s farewell speech to the leaders in this passage.