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What is the Gospel?

What is the Gospel?

July 8, 2021

Today we cover the First Missionary Journey of Paul, Barnabus and John Mark. We will focus on the first recorded sermon of Paul at Antioch of Pisidian. Most of us have grown up being taught "the gospel". How does what we learned compare with what Paul preached?  This is an important question when we consider that this was Paul's first opportunity to proclaim the gospel in a missionary setting.

Thin or Thick Christianity?

Thin or Thick Christianity?

July 3, 2021

Today we look at the persecution of Herod Agrippa perpetrated on the church in Jerusalem. Herod looked to the sword and the prison to solve his problems. That's what Empire does. How did the church respond? What did the early Jesus-followers do? 

Be A Neighbor

Be A Neighbor

June 22, 2021

Today Dan Kim leads us through the familiar story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:25-37. A story that is well-known to many. But because it is so well-known, it is good to review it again and listen to its message for us in our time.

There is Nothing Common

There is Nothing Common

June 15, 2021

Today we listen to Peter tell the story of his meeting with the Roman centurion Cornelius, and what God did there to convince Peter, who had a hard time believing it, that God is not partial. The early Jesus-followers in Jerusalem could hardly believe also. Neither can we, often. Or maybe never, as Willie James Jenning says. 

Three Men on the Cusp of a New Challenge

Three Men on the Cusp of a New Challenge

June 8, 2021

Today we read Acts 9, the story of the conversion of Saul. Our focus is on the three men that appear in the story: Saul, Ananias and Barnabus. Who were they? What was their role? And how did God use them each in their God-given uniqueness to further the reach of the gospel message?

The Gospel and Power

The Gospel and Power

May 31, 2021

Today we read Acts 8, the story of Simon the Magician and the (unnamed) Ethiopian eunuch. Both are impacted by power dynamics: Simon wanting to use power, the eunuch being abused by power. What can we learn from these stories about the use of power in our own lives and time, and what the "gift of God" is?

Response to the News that Jesus is King of All

Response to the News that Jesus is King of All

May 25, 2021

Today we look at the story of the sermon and stoning of Stephen in Acts 6 and 7. In this lengthy story we see (at least) three responses to the news that Jesus is King of the universe. What is your response?

God’s Community and the Lie

God’s Community and the Lie

May 25, 2021

Today Dan Kim leads us through the story of Ananias and Sapphira, the couple who lied to the community of Jesus-followers and God about the extent of their contribution to the community. It's a difficult story, but it has lots to teach us.

The Man Born Lame & Community

The Man Born Lame & Community

May 13, 2021

Today we look at the story of Acts 3 and 4: the man who was born lame and was healed by Peter and John. Why choose this story as the first story of the public church in Acts? Why such detail? And why were the Jewish leaders so annoyed?

Pentecost leads to Community

Pentecost leads to Community

May 10, 2021

Today we read Acts 2, the famous story of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples. Our main point: Pentecost is not complete without the new community of Jesus-followers that came into existence. Without the one, the other is meaningless.

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