Acts 9:10-22

(Acts 9:10-22) - obeying even when it doesn't make sense. Ananias knew Paul's history, and was reluctant to interact with him at first. But God reiterated His plan for Saul to Ananias. He gave him the context of what was happening. And even when Ananias didn't have all the pieces, he chose to trust God …

Acts 9:1-9

(Acts 9:1-9) - I saw the Light! So often I read Acts 9 like a movie where I know the plot too well. Peter Parker's transformation to Spider-Man doesn't surprise you when you watch it unfold. The same is true for Anakin Skywalker becoming Darth Vader or Harvey Dent to Two-face.  Sometimes knowing the whole …

Acts 8:14-40

(Acts 8:14-40) - Expansion of the Gospel! Luke records a great description of how the good news about Jesus moved out from Jerusalem to the rest of the world. This specific chapter provides a clear example of how the way in which worship happened was changing. The Jewish system of worship was moving out and …

Acts 8:1-13

(Acts 8:1-13) - Persecution pushes the persevering church. Chapter 6 outlines the character of some the great people serving the church. Chapter 7 outlines an example of that very service from one of those great people. The chapter ends with that great person being killed for living out his faith. Why do bad things happen …

Acts 7:44-60

(Acts 7:44-60) - Stephen the Martyr The truth hurts sometimes, and in this case those upon whom truth had fallen became quite angry. The good news of the Gospel he preached (and we preach) confronts everyone with bad news as well. The bad news is what makes the good news so good. We can't control …

Acts 7:1-43

(Acts 7:1-43) - The immutability of God and man. Immutability is a fancy term to describe something that is unchanging. We often hear about this for God, that he stays the same, but seldom do we hear about it for mankind. Mankind stays the same. I do not mean this in the sense that we …

Acts 6

(Acts 6) - Worthy servants. This passage, as well as Exodus 18, reveals the need for delegation in a healthy ministry. It was becoming increasingly difficult for the Apostles to focus on their responsibilities (given by Christ) with all the ministry that was going on around them. Goes to show that sometimes good things can …