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Tag: Acts

The Gospel Breaks New Ground – A City Opens Up

The action has all been in Jerusalem up to now but with the persecution, the gospel travels to the places where people had thought things could never change.

Samaria was an ongoing problem to the Jews – history and culture meant that they could never imagine that things could ever be any different.

Yet change happens because of the bravery of people and the power of the Spirit.

How might this lead us to see our own situations and our city differently?

Sunday Playlist – The Gospel Breaks New Ground – A City Opens Up

We have reached chapter 8 in the whirlwind story of Acts and, accelerated by the death of the first Christian martyr, Stephen, the message of Jesus as the risen Lord of all has started to break new ground.

Often life can be like that can’t it? Unexpected and painful situations can often be our greatest means of growth.…

The Challenge to Religion

The religious folks resisted what was happening, and charge Stephen with going against the temple and the law. Stephen re-tells their own history to them, showing that God has always operated outside of the temple, Jerusalem and Israel. God was with his people, and at work, in all the difficult places.

God is in the business of doing new things. We are on a journey with him. In difficult times, times of change, times of uncertainty, we follow Jesus.

Sometimes in order to pick up new things, we have to lay other things down.

Sunday Playlist – The Challenge of Racial Tension

Here are the songs I’ve picked to reflect some of the themes of this week’s scripture from Acts chapter 6 and some of the ways this scripture speaks in to our current context. I hope you find them helpful.

The Challenge of this New Life

News of the resurrection of Jesus was deeply disturbing to the authorities, who were desperately trying to keep order. The apostles directly threatened the status quo – they stood in the temple offering a radically different understanding of all that God was doing.

They were arrested and put in jail, but the angel broke down the door – and gave them specific orders to go back and to keep on speaking.

In contexts where it’s easy for faith to be kept private, we are called to this same bravery…

The Challenge of Generosity

In a week where we have seen protests about blatant acts of injustice, and against a backdrop where coronavirus has affected BAME people more than others, it’s easy to feel disempowered to know how to change anything.

But Acts 4:32-5:11 shows the result of being filled with the Spirit and how the resurrection of Jesus created the foundations of a new society. That society challenged the existing culture, but also revealed the best and the worst of the community…

Sunday Playlist – The Challenge of Generosity

The story of Ananias and Sapphira is a tale of two extremes: great generosity & solidarity on the one hand; lies & judgement on the other. Here are some songs which reflect on these themes…

Unintimidated

The healing of the crippled man really disturbed the establishment. The only thing they could do was try to intimidate the apostles. But it didn’t work…

Sunday Playlist – Acts 4:1-31

As we begin a new week, I hope these songs that we didn’t get to use in our service will remind you that following Jesus is far from ‘safe’. It may not be easy but it is so incredibly good.

Slow Down: A New Story Is Being Written

A man who has been begging for 40 years – a lifetime of not being able to walk. But then something happens to that man, because two men slowed down enough to notice him…

Sunday Playlist: Acts 3

In Acts 3 we meet a new character; a man had been isolated all of his life but became part of the community he’d always longed for.

The Power of the Holy Wind

God sent the Holy Spirit and did remarkable things amongst the early church. On the day of Pentecost there was a new routine for them…

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