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Seeking God – Part One

GOD AWARENESS is something more than merely believing in the existence of God. It is the awareness of God’s very presence in our lives. God does not stand remote from us, nor is God a disinterested or impersonal force. God deeply loves us and wants to lead us forward. This awareness of God comes from the Holy Spirit, and is the starting point for an amazing spiritual journey and a series of new awarenesses: “There is a God who has…

Our Growth in Holiness

Our Growth in Holiness Jesus Christ has come to reveal God’s will to us. One of the passages of Scripture where the will of God is revealed is 1 Thessalonians 4:3 where St. Paul writes, “this is God’s will for you, your sanctification.” Sanctification is a word that is not often used in common speech, but it essentially means holiness or a process by which we are made holy. It carries with it a number of different ideas. A People…

God’s Will – The Renewal of our Minds

The Renewal of our Minds  God intends to renew our entire being. Part of the process of this renewal has to do with a change God wants to make in the way we think. The mind is a gateway to the soul. Generally speaking, we do not pay much attention to where our thoughts come from and why we think the way we do.  In order for us to experience transformation, we need to pay careful attention to our thought-life.…

God’s Will – The Salvation of All Humanity

The Salvation of all Humanity God desires the salvation of all humanity. God does not desire merely the salvation of a few, but wishes to extend his grace to the entire human race. The following verses express this will of God clearly: “Say to them, As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked but that the wicked turn from their ways and live.” (Ezekiel 33:11) “This is good and pleases God…

Knowing God’s Will – Our New Alternative

Our Desire to Know God’s Will Most Christians have a desire to know God’s will. The purpose of this series is to examine the passages of Scripture where God clearly reveals his will. Once we understand God’s overarching will for all humanity, we are then able to bring our own lives into alignment. Our New Alternative Knowing God’s will is our new alternative. The problem many Christians face in relation to God for is that our perspective is often backwards.…

Apollos and the Emergence of New Leadership

Expansion of the Kingdom The expansion of the kingdom of God is one of the main themes of Jesus’ teaching. The kingdom is expanding throughout all the nations and will continue to do so until Christ returns. Because of this expansion, God is continually raising up new leadership for all areas of service. The purpose of becoming a follower of Jesus Christ is to be trained as his disciple for service in his kingdom. Biblical Leadership – Overseers and Deacons…

Paul in Athens

Jesus Welcomes Seekers Throughout Jesus ministry he welcomed those who were seeking God. The first stage in every person’s spiritual development is the seeking of truth. Because God’s Word is truth, those who hear the message of the Gospel find what they are looking for. But everyone must begin the journey of faith by seeking, which is why Jesus said to his disciples, “Seek and you will find.” Paul in Athens: Acts 17:16 Athens was an unintended stopover in one…

The First Great Debate

Should Gentiles be forced to become Jewish before becoming Christian? The first great debate of Christianity was whether the Gentiles should be forced to adopt Jewish customs before they would be accepted as Christian. Some Jewish Christians believed that all of the Jewish customs, commonly referred to as the laws of Moses, should be maintained. The Gentile Christians did not want to become Jewish, but simply wanted to follow Christ. This led to the first church-wide debate that required the…

The First Missionary Journey

Text: Acts 13:1-14:28   The First Missionary Journey The Holy Spirit calls us to our work. (Acts 13:1) The first missionary journey took place when the Holy Spirit called Saul and Barnabas to set forth from Antioch and to travel through the island of Cyprus and throughout modern day Turkey. This call came in the context of worship as the believers in Antioch were seeking God’s will. Although God at times speaks directly to an individual, God often speaks to…

Antioch: A New Church

Acts 11:19-26   Antioch: A New Church Most people expected Jerusalem to remain the only center of Christianity, but God had other plans. As the believers fled Jerusalem because of persecution, Antioch in the north became a new center for Christianity. Later, Antioch became the starting point for many missionary journeys. Crisis often causes new things to emerge. The early Christians did not understand why God was allowing them to be persecuted. But the crisis of persecution that caused the…