Acts 21: On to Jerusalem

Two of the most powerful rivers in the world – the Thompson and the Fraser – meet and join in British Columbia. The train from Vancouver to Banff runs along the ridge high above the exact spot where they merge and you can look down and watch them join. The actual term is “confluence” when two bodies of water meet – like the tip of South America or Africa. What’s ...[Read More]

The Seven Sons of Sceva: Acts 19:11-20

Last week we looked at the new believers in Ephesus and the differences between the baptism of John and being baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. The results of that baptism must have spread around the city of Ephesus – not just the Christian community but the Jewish community as well. “God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touc ...[Read More]

Apollos and Paul: Acts 18

1.  The first several chapters of Acts are about the earliest disciples – especially Peter, Stephen and Phillip. After that, the focus is on Peter and then in chapter 13 the emphasis shifts almost completely to Paul and the expansion of the early church. As we’ve seen before, it is the church that adapts which thrives and the church at Jerusalem that begins to shrink and grow in on its ...[Read More]

John Mark: Acts 15:36-41

Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, 38 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. 39 They had such a sharp disagreement th ...[Read More]

Acts 1:1-12

1. I’m not sure why we have so little recorded about the forty days Jesus had with the disciples between his resurrection and the beginning of Acts.  I cannot imagine what the questions must have been or what it meant to have time with a man who had been dead but was now alive again.  It looks like he would come and go periodically and while he was with them he would speak about the kingdom ...[Read More]

The Council at Jerusalem: Acts 15

1.  The lesson this morning is about the issue of identity in the early church. What does it mean to be saved? Who is in and who is out? What are the non-negotiables and what is custom? Are there lines we cannot cross? These are ancient questions…but they are also current. We never stop asking them from one generation to the next. Galatians 2:1-5: “Then after fourteen years, I went up ...[Read More]