Are you plagued by doubt? Have you ever wondered if Jesus really did walk on the earth, die on a Cross and rise from the dead? Perhaps you have been taught these things from the time you were small, but somehow you are still on the sidelines when it comes to radical kingdom service and sacrifice. How central should the life, death and resurrection of Jesus be in the life of the local church? How did a group of dejected disciples become powerful heralds of the good news, even at the expense of their own lives? If you find yourself needing a fresh reminder of the reality of the resurrection and the supremacy of Christ in the church, read the book of Acts!
This Sunday, we are beginning a new series of sermons on the books of Acts entitled “The Church Unstoppable!” This Sunday we will be considering Acts 1:1-5, as Luke introduces his second volume (his gospel being the first) of the accounts of the life of Jesus and the beginnings of the Church. Luke-Acts seem to be written to a man named Theophilus, who was in need of hearing about the convincing proofs of the risen Jesus and the fire with which the early church was born. Luke describes the way that Jesus presented himself, after the resurrection, to the disciples over a period of forty days as he confirmed the Scripture’s teaching about the Kingdom of God. We also get an introduction to the foretold Spirit that will be poured out on the disciples in Jerusalem. The rest of this drama has been played out over 2,000 years leading up to the days in which we live now. The main theme is still the same–The Church is Unstoppable.
Did you know that in one way, the book of Acts is simply a recording of Jesus keeping his promise? Jesus told Peter that he would build his church such that even the powers of hell could not destroy it. That promise is put to the test in Acts as his disciples are jailed, beaten, stoned and put to death. But the march of the gospel continues! How encouraging it is to to trace our own church, Baptist Church of the Redeemer, back to these powerful and breathtaking beginnings? Should we be any less dependent on the power of the Holy Spirit to enable and empower? Should we be less concerned with church government and discipline? Should we be any less zealous in risk taking gospel ministry? Join us this week as we begin a journey back to the beginning and are reminded of the ways in which Jesus is still working to prepare a bride for that great wedding day!
He is Alive!