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The Unity of the Church

06/14/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Summary: This message completes this series from the first ten chapters of the book of Acts. One of the major themes in the remaining chapters is the unity of the church in the midst of the expanding Gospel reach throughout the Roman world. Challenges and conflict had to be dealt with to resolve issues that could have torn the young church apart. Leaders in the church demonstrated godly attitudes and actions, resulting in a unified church. The Acts of the Holy Spirit through the church continue. They continue to this day as God builds his church founded upon the cornerstone of Jesus Christ. And it is essential that we stand in unity.

Outside the Comfort Zone

06/07/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Summary: Acts chapter ten is one of the most important chapters in the entire New Testament. The events of this chapter reveal the working out of God’s eternal, divine plan of redemption that was to encompass all peoples, all nations. God prepares a Gentile to hear the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At the same time, He prepares a Jewish believer (the Apostle Peter) to be the bearer of the “good news” of forgiveness. In doing so, God takes Peter well outside his comfort zone, a process in which this leading apostle has to deal with long-held cultural and religious prejudices. God wants to take us out of our comfort zones as well. Will you respond as Peter did?

The Power of a Life

05/31/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Summary: Luke, the historian, illustrates the power of a life by relating the experiences of three people in Acts, chapter nine: Saul, Barnabas and Peter. We see how God uses each of these men to accomplish his divine purposes as they are faithful to the calling they had from him. Will we be faithful to God’s calling in our life? Part of our calling is to serve Jesus, to walk in “the good works that God has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

The Power of a Story

05/24/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Summary: God certainly did the unorthodox in choosing Saul, a persecutor of the church, to be his instrument for taking the Gospel of Jesus to the whole world. On the other hand, Saul was a perfect choice given his Roman citizenship, his Jewish credentials, and his natural abilities. Acts, chapter nine, is his story. What is yours? If you are a believer in the Risen Christ, you have a story; what is it? God can use your story to encourage others, maybe to convict others, perhaps to show others the power of God’s grace to change a life.

Road Trip

05/17/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Summary: With the martyrdom of Stephen, opposition to the church in Jerusalem grows until believers are dispersed, scattered out into the world. Acts, chapter eight, is the beginning of a major shift, a gargantuan transition in the life and make-up of the church. There is a shift geographically from Jerusalem to Samaria. There is a shift in focus from the apostles to other Christian believers who spread the message about the Messiah. And there is the discrimination-shattering transition from Jew to non-Jew. Philip is the main figure at the beginning of this momentous transition.

Stephen: The Cost of Discipleship

05/10/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Summary: Two years after the resurrection of Jesus, the church probably numbered around 20,000. One of the growth problems centered around the food distribution for widows. A conflict between Hellenistic widows and Palestinian widows ensured. To remedy the situation, seven men were selected to oversee this important ministry. One of those men was Stephen. He was a man of godly character whom God used far beyond just the food distribution. When brought before the Council, he gives a brilliant sermon, highlighting the history of rejection on the part of the Jews. In response, he becomes the first martyr of the church.

Truth or Consequences: Life in Community

05/03/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Summary: The Holy Spirit, given to believers at the moment of salvation, is the source, the cause, of unity within the church. This unity is worked out in community by the love and care given to each other. This was evident within the first church. But, where there is truth, there often follows deceit. Where there is genuineness, there often follows hypocrisy. The early church was not immune to the impact of sin. Ananias and Sapphria are deceived by Satan and lie to the Holy Spirit. God’s judgment was swift, and its impact on the church was to bring “great fear upon them all.”

The (Almost) Perfect Storm

04/26/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Passage: Acts 4:1–4:31

Summary: The Apostle Peter heals a man lame from birth through the name of Jesus (recorded in Acts, chapter 3). Then Peter preaches a sermon in which he declares that God raised Jesus from the dead. This precipitates the first formal opposition to the church (Acts 4). Peter and John are hauled before the Council and threatened if they continue to speak of the resurrection of Jesus. They declare that they must obey God, furthermore declaring that “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” The message is clear, unambiguous, exclusive and narrow. This is the message of the Gospel; this is the message we have been given to share with others. Will we stand for the truth of God even if unpopular? We are called to be witnesses to the Risen Christ, through whom men and women may be saved. What a glorious message to share with others!

Birth Announcement

04/19/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Passage: Acts 2

Summary: Acts, chapter two, is the birth announcement of the Church. Fifty days after Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead, the disciples obediently waited in Jerusalem for the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost, the Church was birthed and God began a great movement by his Holy Spirit that continues today. We stand in the continuum of what God began almost two thousand years ago. And followers of Christ have the same power available to them that was experienced by those first-century believers

Acts 1:1-11

04/12/15

Speaker: Chris Mendez

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Passage: Acts 1:1–1:11

Summary: What would you do if you had access to limitless power for good? Jesus told his followers that they’d receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them. What kind of power and for what purpose? This Sunday we begin a series in the first ten chapters of the book of Acts. In this message, Pastor Chris will explore these questions, and encourage us to connect with Jesus, the source of incredible power to live a changed life.