Sermon Snapshot #2: Historical Perspective on Acts 17

I was so honored to have with me on Sunday, Pete Lackey, who is one of the most brilliant people I know. He’s studied long and hard on so many subjects and can articulate thoughts like nobody’s business. He had like 30 minutes worth of content, but we only had 10-12 minutes to fit it all in… but he did his best. Here is the “discussion” Pete and I had about the historical context of Acts 17 and the sermon on Mars Hill — I personally found it really helpful for understanding what God would have us take from Acts 17. We had to edit it down a little, but most of the goodness is right here…

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Let’s Get Practical

OK, so this week’s message was called “Liquid Evangelism” and we talked about flexing with people, taking interest in people and their views and following God-ordained opportunities to share your faith with others. The bottom line is the Gospel is good news and shame on us if we keep it to ourselves and are not intentional with sharing it with others. As Christians we have a calling to live our lives “on mission” — our Christian faith is not just an additive to our lives, but it is our lives. Do you and I reflect that? So in this post I want to review the key principles we got from Acts 17 and then share with you (via a blog from another pastor) so very PRACTICAL ways you could begin to share faith in your world…

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Flow series Next Steps

I was asked to prepare some “next steps” for this week’s worship folder (bulletin) related to our current series: “Flow” — here’s what I wrote (before editing). My hope is you might take one or two of these and try them out. My experience in church life is that we get lots of information, but it doesn’t become transformation until we act on it, even in a small way. So break the unhealthy patterns of too much information and too little application — take a step. Here’s 5 to choose from:

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Making Connections – My church not “that church”

So I was forwarded a voicemail this morning from a person who came to Grace for the first time on Sunday. She and her family LOVED our Grace Kids stuff, enjoyed the message, the worship and declared, “we’re so happy to find our church, we’re looking forward to serving and being an active part here.” They just moved in the area and really enjoy Grace. Wow, I love voicemails like that and I’ve had a chance to hear and read a number of those kinds of messages recently – it’s awesome!! I think one of the reasons I love it is because often the comments aren’t about me or what we did as leaders, but it’s the community. It’s the people who “are so friendly”. It warms my heart to see our dream of church not simply being a church service, but being a community, becoming a reality here! (I know that maybe isn’t the best grammatical sentence, but hopefully you got the point.)

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5 Reasons I want to pray more.

So we’re in this series called “The Flow” and it’s inviting us all into a greater consciousness of the Holy Spirit and His involvement in our lives. This compels us to think through how we connect in the flow. Obviously there is a mindset issue (seeing the bigger story of God), there’s an obedience issue (choosing to do the things God has already revealed/ shared with us) but there is also the intentional connecting (prayer). This drives me to seriously consider my own prayer life and how much I want to grow in it. Here are 5 reasons I want to pray more:

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Sermon Review & Next Steps

So today we talked about facing challenges and difficulties. We said that BIG CHALLENGES REQUIRE GODLY CHANGES. The changes we may think we need are changes to our circumstances, but as Acts 16:23-40 illustrates for us, sometimes, the challenges are the place God does His greatest work. In fact what really needs to change may be more about our mindset/ heart in how we approach the challenges and difficulties. In that vein we said that a number of shifts are necessary:

A shift from temporary to eternal
A shift from obstacles to opportunities
A shift from the fear of man to the fear of God

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