Acts 9:19-31, Acts 9:20-21 (NIV2011)
20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?”
The Apostle Paul was “soundly converted”, now with a new direction and ministry. He was a great example of how to overcome opposition. He:
• Expected opposition v23,26&29, 2 Corinthians 11:24-28
• Relied on God v25, 27&30, 2 Corinthians 4:7-10
• Persevered v22&28, Philippians 3:12-14
At the end of his life, he was able to say this:
2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV2011)
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7 (MSG)
7 This is the only race worth running. I've run hard right to the finish, believed all the way.
May we also be inspired to be overcomers.
Hey hey hey! It's a big new cross. Just in case you missed that this is going to be a church. Well actually, the building doesn't make it 'a church'. Nor does a cross, nor does a bunch of pews, wooden or fancily cushioned. Nor does a label [like Naringal Baptist Church] make it 'a church'. What makes a church is never the building, nor the busy-ness of a church and all its programs. After all, if a church is only about the building and the programs that run from it and through it, it may aswell be any service club with some sort of membership requirements.
So, if it isn't a building nor the programs that run, in all it's efficient business-like manner, then what makes a church a real church? Read 1 Corinthians chapter 12 and discover what it is. Oh, and listen back to the series of sermons on 'the church in Acts' it'll help quite nicely. Here's a link to the reading I mentioned earlier. See you on Sunday. RB.
Matthew 6:5-15, Matthew 6:9 (NIV2011)
9 “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
Jesus taught his disciples how to pray. We know it as the Lord’s Prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer includes:
• Praise v9
• Submission v10
• Petition v11
• Confession v12
• Protection v13
Prayer in its simplest form is a conversation with God.
Matthew 6:6 (MSG)
6 "Here's what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won't be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. Video and 2 photos after the break...
Acts 9:1-19, Acts 9:3-4 (NIV2011)
3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Conversion is a change in character, form or function,…
Every stage of a building has its special moments. Like when the frame finally rises from the plan to the 3D, something you can at last touch. Another of these is when the plaster starts going on; at long last you start getting an idea of the spaces for the…
Acts 8:26-40, Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV2011)
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.…