Sermons by Book: Acts
There are signs of hope budding in the world. We've been holed up and thinking in survival terms for so long, but things are looking up. The vaccine is making its way into our lives. The angriest among us seem to have taken a break from national unrest. Our beautiful southern spring will be here soon. Meanwhile, bills have been paid, food has been on the table, most of us have kept our jobs. Even those of us who haven't can say with the writer of Acts that "God's grace has been powerfully at work among us." So how do we respond to that grace? Perhaps it is time to cultivate a generous spirit toward life again. This Sunday, we'll talk about that as we learn from the example of the first-century church how to flourish in the storm.
We’ve been spending November talking about how to find joy in a pandemic-y world. What we’re finding is that joy IS possible, even when the world is conspiring against us, because biblical joy is not rooted in our circumstances but in the love of God. This week, we’ll explore the roots of joy and joylessness, as we celebrate the author of all joy.
A praying friend told me this week, "This is the Pentecost of Pentecosts!" He made that declaration as we talked together about so much spiritual movement that seems to be happening around the world. I mentioned some of what I'm seeing in last week's message. This week, we'll celebrate more Holy Spirit sightings as we talk together about the glorious gift of God's outpouring over the whole earth at Jesus' ascension. Be encouraged, friends! In the midst of hard things, there is a move! "See" you Sunday.