The good, the bad, and the ugly is revealed in the early church throughout Acts. This included conflict and disagreement. In #3 of 4, “Messy People, Faithful Church,” consider everyday applications for navigating personal differences while staying on mission.
The success of the First Missionary Journey creates a dispute over the relationship of Gentile followers of Jesus and the Law. The dispute is graciously resolved, the gospel affirmed, and the church strengthened in mission. Text: Acts 15:1-35
A scarlet robe strategically placed by the harlot Rahab, brought redemption and deliverance as her household faced certain death. In Week 6 of 7 of the Hidden in Plan Sight series, consider a “type of Christ” emerging through a most unusual story. Text: Joshua 2:1-21, 6:22-25
The extent of evil and violence in the human heart and the corruption which fills the earth grieves the heart of God (Gen 6:5-12). So He finds a righteous man, and by the obedience of that righteous man, God rescues and renews all of creation. Text: Genesis 6:11-22, 7:13-17, 8:15-17; Romans 5:19
Grace is a free gift that God gives us, but it is also a responsibility. Such a free gift, if misunderstood, can lead to abuse. Some might think they can now sin as they please because grace abounds to the sinner. But God’s grace enables the believer to live a new life. Text: Philippians 2:12-13
God is right and just in holding both fathers and their children accountable for their rebellion against God. And yet, this cycle of generational sin need not be repeated. It has been broken. The blood of Jesus conquers all sin and judgment for all who believe, resulting in New Life as the ordinance of Baptism so richly illustrates. Text: Exodus 34:5-7; Romans 6:1-14