Current Sermon Series
Join us each Sunday as a new sermon series called Strong Faith kicks off July 13.
Jesus told Paul and the other apostles to make disciples. The book of Acts shows how the apostles obeyed Jesus and made disciples of the Roman empire. In the book of Acts, Paul was very deliberate and had a discernible plan. His plan included: 1. Prayerfully sent out by a church or group of churches, 2. contacting an audience, 3. preaching the gospel to them, 4. gathering the converted into churches, and 5. establishing those churches in the gospel. 6. Next Paul appointed leaders and 7. Continued the relationship through visits, letters, and representatives. 8. Finally Paul, gathered churches, prayed for the mission and commissioned new missionaries or headed off to new places with a team. The step we are focusing on for this series is the establishing step. In Acts 11:19-26, Acts 14:21-23, and Acts 15:36-16:4, we find instances where Paul or other men strengthened new churches and taught new believers in all the essentials of the faith. Until the believers were fully established (and leaders were put in place to shepherd the people well) he did not believe that his work of making disciples was complete.
Paul saw faith as experiencing the love of Christ until you were made complete. The love expressed in the Gospel had very real implications for our lives. That love changed our ethics, our family life, our life within the church, and our lives interacting with others. Our modern faith tends to look at the Gospel and our ethics separately – therefore our faith and witness is weak. Join us as we carefully present the Gospel in all of its fullness so that our faith is complete, full, powerful, STRONG.