Getting Stoned Changed the Church

The death of Stephen lit a fire.  Getting stoned changed the church!  It lit a fire in the hearts of the Jewish leaders who under the leadership of one of their members, Saul, began a terrific persecution of the Church.

It also lit a fire in the hearts of the believers.  They were scattered from Jerusalem and preached the word wherever they went.  When Stephen was stoned, the church changed!

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Sin in the Church – Acts 5

As Pastor Joy said, “The thing about expository preaching is we don’t get to skip the verses that are confusing &/or uncomfortable.”

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Biblical Manhood

This Father’s Day, we had several people involved in different readings and prayers for the men in our midst.  It was a beautiful service and Pastor Joy brought a message on Biblical Manhood.  Below is the full recording (the sound improves significantly half-way through).

Pastor Joy used 1 Kings 2:1-3 as the foundation for what Biblical masculinity is about – taking King David’s dying words to his son, Solomon.  She also had a “myth busting” time:

Myth #1 Man = Breadwinner – FALSE!  Men provide for their families in MANY ways; not just financial.

Myth #2 – Man = Being Strong – FALSE!  Jesus showed strength through compassion, servantship, forgiveness, gentleness, patience, humbleness.

Myth #3 – Men shouldn’t cry – FALSE!  Jesus wept for his friends, for the lost, and for himself.

Myth #4 – Boys will be boys – FALSE! Males are capable of self-control!  The Greek word for self-control, listed as a Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:23 is “egkrateia;” which means “temperance: the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, especially his sensual appetites.”

Here’s the whole message:

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Restoring the Broken

Peter and John use the physical healing to tell the people about God’s spiritual healing.  In verse 19 he calls on them to Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.

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The Family of God

Pastor Joy continues in Acts with Acts 2:42-47 and 4:23-37.

Priorities:
1) Evangelism – Acts 2:14-41
2) Education – Acts 2:42a
3) Fellowship – Acts 2:42b
4) Worship – Acts 2:42c
5) Service – Acts 2:43-47a

Now this is a demonstration of what the Holy Spirit does in the life of the believer.  These people without the Holy Spirit were just as selfish as the world around them.  The Church is not being filled with unselfish people, it is being filled with selfish people who are being transformed through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

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Encounters With Jesus = Change!

Pastor Joy shared how our Friends history is rich with examples of encounters with Jesus bringing change – transformation.  Our belief that the Holy Spirit is here with us RIGHT NOW; that we are encountering Jesus NOW.  We always have a choice.  Like the followers who heard Jesus give them one of their final charges to disciple people as they lived their lives through immersion and teaching, we are given the same charge.  Once we take that step and make the decision to disciple people, to allow ourselves to be discipled, we will never be the same because it requires immersing ourselves in Jesus and once we do that – well, we will never be the same again!

Scripture References: Matt. 28:16-20; Mark 16:9-18; 1 Corinthians 5:1-11

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