Jesus said, ‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 11:8). So with this and Jesus’ Great Commission in mind, what did Paul and Barnabas do? They planted churches!
Phil Moore writes: Paul and Barnabas went to Asia Minor with the power of the Gospel, but their hopes for those they won to Christ were firmly bound up in the local church. Acts 13 is the turning point in this book as Luke focuses on Pauls Apostleship and the Gospel going to the utmost parts of the earth. This journey to Asia Minor is thrilling, tough, gripping and most of all inspiring as we look to how the church of then shapes the church of now. Its a call to action, its a call to faith, its a call to trust in God the Holy Spirit!
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.