One Cry
August 30th, 2015

One Cry, the book and 8 week sermon series calling for revival in our nation. Be Involved, Be Engaged, Be Praying!

Looking for people to use the book as a small group experience for 8 weeks.

Freed or Enslaved
August 30th, 2015

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Freed or Enslaved

Acts 6:8-15 Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people. But one day some men from the Synagogue of Freed Slaves, as it was called, started to debate with him. They were from Cyrene , Alexandria , Cilicia, and the province of Asia . None of them could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which Stephen spoke. So they persuaded some men to lie about Stephen, saying, “We heard him blaspheme Moses, and even God.” This roused the people, the elders, and the teachers of religious law. So they arrested Stephen and brought him before the high council.

The lying witnesses said, “This man is always speaking against the holy Temple and against the law of Moses. We have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy the Temple and change the customs Moses handed down to us.”

At this point everyone in the high council stared at Stephen, because his face became as bright as an angel’s.

Who was freed and who was enslaved?

Romans 6:15-18 Since God’s grace has set us free from the law; does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.

What are you freed from and enslaved to?

Galatians 5:13-14 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters, but don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself!”

“A man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.”

Practical Service
August 23rd, 2015

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Practical Service

Acts 6:1-7 As the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek speaking believers complained about the Hebrew speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food.
So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the Word of God, not running a food program. And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. Then we apostles can spend time in prayer and teaching the Word.”
Everyone liked this idea, and they chose the following: Stephen [a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit], Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas of Antioch [an earlier convert to the Jewish faith]. These seven were presented to the apostles, who prayed for them as they laid their hands on them.
So God’s message continued to spread. The number of believers greatly increased in Jerusalem, and many of the Jewish priests were converted too.

Rapid growth will always bring challenges like?

Circle the three qualifications that were needed to serve.

As believers look after one another the apostles could…

How were these seven men commissioned into service?

What are the results of everyone doing their service?

1 Corinthians 12:7-13 A spiritual gifts is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice: to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another; and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles; and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
The human body has many parts, but the parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.

Who receives a spiritual gift and for what reason?

Who gives the spiritual gifts and decides who gets what?

In our church body do we all share the same Spirit?