Sun, Oct 18, 2015
Duration:49 mins 17 secs
In chapter 28 of the book of Acts, the apostle Paul had been tossed around in a typhoon at sea for a couple of weeks and finally shipwrecked on the island of Malta. On the shore, Paul gets bitten by a poisonous snake and the inhabitants of the island conclude Paul must be some kind of murderer who has gotten what he deserved. Nobody, including Paul, would have chosen to go through the storm, the shipwreck, or to be bitten by that snake. Where was God in all of these trials and tribulations? Why was this happening to Paul? Does Paul ever reach Rome? Join Pastor Jim as he walks us through the final chapter of Acts and reviews the major themes of the book, then invites us to consider how God might want to use us to write the next chapters of Acts.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015
Duration:44 mins 38 secs
Acts 27 is fast paced, action packed and speaks to our deepest needs, fears and desires. The apostle Paul was being shipped to Rome but the journey was imperiled with all the danger of a perfect storm and ends in a dramatic shipwreck. Where was God during the storm? How did God once again show Himself faithful and powerful in this passage? Join Pastor Jim to see what timeless truths this amazing chapter holds for us in our own day and time.
Sun, Oct 04, 2015
Duration:42 mins 1 sec
Acts 26 records the apostle Paul’s conversation with King Herod Agrippa II. This is the fifth of five defenses Paul gives for his faith in Jesus Christ. We can learn much from the way Paul presents the case for Christianity and the tone with which he delivers his case. Join Pastor Jim for this insightful analysis of Paul’s testimony and the reactions of those who heard it.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015
Duration:40 mins 15 secs
For the fourth time in just a few chapters, Luke records the apostle Paul giving a defense for his faith in Christ. His angry accusers were the religious leaders of that time and they had proven they would go to great lengths to shut down the Christian faith. How did Paul handle being unjustly imprisoned for his faith? How did he deal with the fact that his religious liberties were be taken away? What can we learn in our own time about these things and where we should turn for help? Join Pastor Jim as he unpacks the amazingly relevant and inspiring, timeless truths of Acts 25!
Sun, Sep 20, 2015
Duration:38 mins 9 secs
In Acts 24 the apostle Paul gives the third defense of his faith, this time to the Roman governor, Felix. The angry religious establishment has hired a powerful and articulate lawyer who brings his case first. Then Paul has his opportunity to speak. Join Pastor Jim for this action packed study and see how our problems with pride, anger, and self-righteousness, our need for redemption, all stand among the central truths of the Christian faith.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015
Duration:31 mins 21 secs
The apostle Paul had been attacked by an angry and violent mob of his own people. Paul had been falsely accused of disrespecting the law of Moses, the traditions of the Jews and the Temple itself. He was rescued by the Roman commander and was being held in the fortress of Antonia when for at least the fourth time the Lord Jesus appeared to him and spoke to him. What did Jesus say to Paul and what impact did it have on him? What timeless truths can we learn from the Lord’s words to Paul during his time of great suffering and injustice? Join Pastor Jim as he helps us unpack the rich encouragement and hope found in Acts 23.
Sun, Sep 06, 2015
Duration:39 mins 37 secs
In the first of five trials the apostle Paul goes through, Paul addresses an angry crowd of his own people in the Temple area. They had beaten him with the intent to kill him. Paul was rescued in the nick of time by the Roman commander in charge. Why would Paul have wanted to talk with the crowd any further? What would he say and would they even hear him through their anger? Join Pastor Jim as he unpacks the timeless truths we can learn about how to share our faith with others, even if they stand in opposition to the essence of what we believe.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015
Duration:40 mins 44 secs
When the apostle Paul returned to Jerusalem following his third missionary journey, he brought a generous gift with him from the newly converted Gentile converts to Christianity. The shocking reception Paul received climaxed in a violent riot in the Temple area which had to be quelled by the Roman commander. What upset the Jews so much? Had they misunderstood Paul’s mission and message? What does this passage teach us about the difference between tradition and traditionalism? Join Pastor Jim for this action packed study from the last half of Acts 21.
Sun, Aug 16, 2015
Duration:39 mins 14 secs
Why does God allow suffering? How should we respond when answering the call of Jesus means we will have to face suffering in this world? Does it mean God has forgotten us or is punishing us? Towards the end of his third missionary journey, the apostle Paul knew he was headed into a season of great suffering and persecution. How did he respond and why didn’t he just take the easy way around it? Join Pastor Jim for this inspiring study from Acts 21:1-16.
Sun, Aug 09, 2015
Duration:40 mins 1 sec
What were the characteristics of Gospel ministry as revealed in Paul’s life? What was the content of Gospel ministry in Paul’s preaching, teaching and interaction with others? Luke gives us a record of the answers as he recounts the events of the last half of Paul's third missionary journey. Join Pastor Jim for this analysis and timeless application of the truths and good news of the Gospel of grace in Christ Jesus.
Sun, Aug 02, 2015
Duration:44 mins 52 secs
While in ancient Ephesus, the apostle Paul’s preaching is received by some and rejected by others. At one point, a local merchant tried to stir up a riot against Paul and the message of the Gospel. What made this man so angry and what seemed to be his motivation? How did Paul and the other believers respond to such hostility? Join Pastor Jim for insights on what it means for us to live in a culture that is not always friendly to faith in Christ and how Bible believing Christians can best cope with that tension.
Sun, Jul 26, 2015
Duration:43 mins 14 secs
Paul’s third missionary journey is nothing short of breathtaking from the beginning. In this study of Acts 18:23-19:20 Pastor Jim walks us through an introduction to Apollos. Luke tells us Apollos was well educated and a gifted orator, even mighty with the scriptures but he is "taught more accurately” by Priscilla and Aquila. Luke also describes the reception of the Holy Spirit and the role of the Spirit in the life of believers, other extraordinary miracles involving handkerchiefs and aprons, some demonic activity and the first recorded book burning. Buckle your seatbelt and get ready to have your mind and heart blown open by the Gospel!
Sun, Jul 19, 2015
Duration:34 mins 39 secs
In this study, Pastor Jim walks us through some difficulty Paul had in Corinth as he is falsely charged with teaching against the law before a Roman government official. What would Paul say to defend himself? Where was God in all of this? After some time, Paul, Aquila and Priscilla travel to Ephesus and begin to spread the good news of the Gospel of God’s grace in Christ.
Sun, Jul 12, 2015
Duration:36 mins 50 secs
In Acts 18 the apostle Paul moves from the ancient city of Athens to Corinth. If Athens was known for its spiritual idolatry, Corinth was known for its sexual immorality. How did Paul engage with the people and culture of these two cities and what can we learn from him in this regard? In Corinth, Paul will also meet a married couple, Aquila and Priscilla, who will play key roles in the establishment of churches and the training of others in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Join Pastor Jim for this fascinating look at how God continued to move the Gospel further into ancient Europe.
Sun, Jul 05, 2015
Duration:45 mins 3 secs
In Athens, the apostle Paul was invited to speak about the Gospel to the city’s leading philosophers on Mars Hill, aka the Areopagus. What did Paul say to those respected intellectuals? Do faith and reason ever intersect? How was Paul’s message received? What can we learn from Acts 17 about sharing the Gospel in our own day and time? Join Pastor Jim as he highlights some of the timeless truths of Acts 17.
Sun, Jun 28, 2015
Duration:38 mins 55 secs
Acts 17 is the tale of three cities as Paul and Silas continue on the second missionary journey. They are accused of turning the world upside down, acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar and saying there is another king, Jesus. Was this all true? What does it mean to be a Christian living in a culture that is unfriendly to your faith? When must we obey God rather than men? Join Pastor Jim for this timely study from Acts 17.
Sun, Jun 21, 2015
Duration:44 mins 29 secs
As Paul and Silas continue on the second missionary journey, Acts 16 tells the story of 5 conversions, the kind of thing Jonathan Edwards would later call the "surprising work of God”. Join Pastor Jim for this study of the amazing offer of the Gospel and the wide variety of ways God draws people to faith in Christ.
Sun, Jun 14, 2015
Duration:41 mins 3 secs
As Paul and Silas set out on Paul’s second missionary journey how did they know where God was leading them? Acts 16 includes the stories of five new converts to the faith from an extremely wide variety of backgrounds. What does this tell us about the God of the Bible and the Gospel of grace as it relates to our own day and time? Join Pastor Jim for this practical look at the call of the Gospel.
Sun, Jun 07, 2015
Duration:41 mins 32 secs
The book of Acts records the very real story of the first century church. As its author, Luke tells us the honest truth about both the persecution from without and the tension from within the church. What was the nature of the disagreement between Paul and Barnabas? How did the church handle their disagreement and what does it teach us about the Christian faith? Join Pastor Jim for this insightful and practical study from Acts 15:36-41.
Sun, May 24, 2015
Duration:51 mins 6 secs
The book of Acts records the coming of the Holy Spirit, the birth of the church and the wild-fire like spread of the Gospel around the Mediterranean Sea. But while there is much growth it doesn’t come without some growing pains. In Acts 15 Paul and Barnabas travel to visit the leaders of the Christian movement in Jerusalem and discuss a controversy that has sprung up regarding Gentiles becoming Christians and precisely what is necessary for them to come to salvation. This chapter is rich in that it clarifies the essence of the Christian Gospel and also shows us how the Gospel works dynamically in our relationships.
Sun, May 17, 2015
Duration:44 mins 20 secs
As the Paul and Barnabas continued on their first missionary journey through Asia Minor they were met with both acceptance and opposition. What was the essence of their message about Christ Jesus? How were they able to navigate such great rejection and persecution? What do we learn about God as we look that far back into redemption history? Join Pastor Jim as he unpacks answers to these and other questions.
Sun, May 10, 2015
Duration:49 mins 9 secs
Acts 13 records the beginning of Paul’s first missionary journey to Cyprus and then on to parts of modern day Turkey. How did he and Barnabas know they were supposed to go? How did they prepare before they went? What does this passage teach us about discerning God’s will in our lives? Join Pastor Jim for this practical study from Acts 13.
Sun, May 03, 2015
Duration:36 mins 46 secs
Acts 12 opens up with the death of James at the command of King Herod Agrippa. Then Peter is thrown in jail and it seems the odds are stacked completely against the Gospel and the Christian church. But as Pastor Jim points out, the God of the Bible is never concerned about the odds. Join us for the study of this inspiring and hopeful chapter from the book of Acts.
Sun, Apr 19, 2015
Duration:40 mins 58 secs
Where did the term “Christian” originally come from and what did it mean back then? Is that the same thing it means to be a Christian today? What then are the marks of true Christianity as found in the book of Acts? Join Pastor Jim for this insightful study from Acts 11:19-30.
Sun, Apr 12, 2015
Duration:38 mins 33 secs
Can we know the will of God? How can we tell the difference between God’s ways and the ways of our culture? How can we discern the voice of God vs the voices of our personal ambitions or anxieties? How did the early church discern God’s will within its own cultural milieu? Join Pastor Jim for this practical study from Acts 11:1-18.