More of Jesus. Less of me.

March 24, 2011

 

This week we explore Peter’s great sermon found in Acts 3:11-26.  The graphic above is a model depicting the inside of the portico, where this extemporaneous sermon was delivered.

After a lame man was healed and started running around leaping and praising God, it shouldn’t be a surprise that a crowd gathered to see what was happening.  As was usually the case, Peter used this opportunity to take the spotlight off of himself and place it on God.

Join us this Sunday night as we answer these questions and more:

  • Why does Peter shift the crowd’s focus from the miracle to Jesus?
  • What does Peter hope the crowd will take away from the miraculous healing?
  • What is the relationship between healing and repentance in this passage?
  • What does Peter say about the blessing of being God’s chosen people?

If you would care to look ahead, feel free to review our Scripture passage for the week.

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, as we share a Sermon called “Peter Speaks in Solomon’s Portico”.


Good News! God Has a Plan for Repentance.

March 17, 2011

 

As we are studying the Book of Acts, we come across this theme of repentance again and again.  So much so that we figure it must have been a fairly significant concept for the early church.  We will begin to answer some questions about repentance on Sunday:

  • What is true repentance?
  • Why was it so essential for the early church?
  • Is repentance an “individual” experience, or a “group” experience?
  • Is there are “right” approach and a “wrong” approach to repentance?
  • What should we expect about the role of repentance in the transformation of our community?

If you would care to look ahead, feel free to review Psalm 51, which will be the centerpiece for our discussion.

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, as we share a Sermon called “God’s Plan for Repentance”.


Togetherness in an Awesome Church

March 5, 2011

 

Who wouldn’t want to be part of an awesome church?

But what is it that makes a church awesome?  Is it an awesome building, an awesome pipe organ, an awesome pulpit?

Or is it an awesome preacher, or awesome worship, or awesome pot luck suppers?

It is awesome programs, awesome vision, or even awesome outreach?

Virtually everything about the early church as described in our passage for this week (Acts 2:42-47) was awesome!

They may not have had many of the trappings of church, but they did enjoy this: sincere and spontaneous togetherness.

How can a church arrive at and maintain this level of togetherness? 

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, as we share from the Book of Acts with a Sermon called “The Fellowship of the Believers”.