Acts 29! While I love my church planting network, I’m actually referring to this age in which Jesus continues to build His church. In the concluding message to our series through the book of Acts we see 3 reasons why The Unstoppable Advance Continues. The Gospel is for all peoples! Busting out of the cocoon of the Old Covenant to the New Covenant was messy business for the early church. And busting out of our cocoons is messy for us too if we want to reach all peoples. Messy. But beautiful! The Gospel advances through suffering. The Gospel is not bound by suffering, it bursts forward through it. Oh, that we would understand this! The Gospel is God’s Story. When we repent & put our full trust in Jesus, our story is corrected & completed by God’s story. He takes our trashy, nasty, cheap paperback novel of a life and makes it part of a brilliantly written story that will show out & show off His glory forever. As if that is not enough, God puts you on his writing team in this Acts 29 age! Not that He needs you to get it done – He could make the rocks cry out in praise to Him – but to show His power & shower you with joy! Where are you in The Story? Check out the video below to find out (as well as to learn how not to pronounce cocoon;)
Archive for the ‘election’ Category
Step into mission & the difficulties will come – relational problems, plans that don’t go quite right, closed hearts, demonic opposition, & persecution. The early church experienced these challenges as well, as we saw Sunday at Gordon Park in Acts 15 & 16. Thankfully they experienced what is true to this day, the gospel is unstoppable! The gospel is, as our worship leader said, self-propelling! This encourages us to be faithful in tough slogging!
I’ll be attending a church-planting roundtable in Minneapolis for 2 days for a group of pastors & planters in the EFCA. Please pray there will be a passion lit for planting in urban areas like Detroit! The gospel, after all, is unstoppable!
Never hand the mic to a preacher. I wonder if that’s what the synagogue leaders in Antioch of Pisidia thought after they asked Paul if he had anything to say! From his impromptu sermon we looked at 4 great truths about Christianity, all of which are centered on Jesus. Along the way we also learned a few things about being on mission in a religious context & some ways Christianity is different than man-made religion. Acts 13 was a great segueway to our outdoor baptismal service yesterday at Gordon Park. We’ll be doing another baptismal service in a few weeks. In the meanwhile we’ll see if we can get some video of the testimonies posted. Finally, please pray for a huge meeting Clete & I have tonight (Tuesday) regarding a great interim indoor worship facility in the heart of our area.
Tags: doctrine, election
Why can we have confidence that God can use us to bring people to Christ, as weak as we are & as hard as hearts can be? Because of the truth illustrated in the conversion of Paul – the controversial but biblical doctrine of election. In his conversion we learn that when man’s opposition to God is at it’s absolute highest, God’s power to save is not diminished one iota! Paul was on the road to kill Christians when he became one! The truth of election, properly understood, gives us the trifecta of hope, humility, & gratitude. You can listen to Sovereign Shattering Grace here.