We see that the Apostle Paul is given the opportunity to share his testimony in a public setting. This is Paul giving his defense for why the people shouldn’t kill him. We can learn something from Luke writing Paul’s personal testimony in the book of Acts. We learn to start at the very beginning, tell the truth about your past, offer your life to God, reject your stinking thinking, and your story isn’t for you, anyways. Join us as we learn how to share our testimony of faith with others.
When the Apostle Paul decides to go to Jerusalem, the Spirit of God warned him that trouble and hardship faced him ahead. He was not terrified or afraid. He went to Jerusalem knowing that the will of God compelled him to share God’s love with the world through Jesus. We learn what is the will of God, why we should obey it, and how to obey it. Join us for this adventure.
Sometimes we get confused in our faith with God. Once in a while we lose perspective, and forget that God did all the work for our faith. Remember; our job is to be transformed through the work of Christ, not the work we do to make God happy. Paul the Apostle taught us that his calling was to glorify God and share the Good News of the Gospel, in spite of himself. Follow along with us as we see God’s role in our character development; being before doing.
The Jews demanded that the new Gentile converts to Christianity go through ritual circumcision, and follow the laws of Moses in order to receive faith and be welcomed in. Paul & Barnabas travel to Jerusalem to meet with the Apostles and church counsel to decide what was best. They wrote a letter saying they would do well to abstain from certain things, but circumcision was no longer required for faith. What kind of rules do we place on people before they come to faith today? What sort of expectations do we demand before someone can join our faith fellowship in 2017? Do your rules keep people out, or let people in? How do you show grace to your neighbor and shine the light of Christ?
Pastor Reid Olson of Crossroads Church of Greeley teaches on Isaiah 9:6. Jesus was born The Prince of Peace, as a baby and placed in an animal feeding trough. What kind of peace do you need in your life, and how do you seek it? Do you participate in ways that seek temporary peace, or do you give your life to the Prince of Peace? Only Jesus can give you true peace through faith in God. Sar Shalom is the Hebrew for commander of God’s true salvation peace. Jesus is our Sar Shalom. Give your life to God today.
The narrative of the birth story of Jesus has become so glorified and commercialized, that we seldom stop to think of how discrete and obscure the event really was. I’m sure not many teenage mothers today would want to give birth in an animal stable and lay their newborn down in an animal feeding trough.
The fact that God made his presence known into this dirty world, through an experience like this, is proof again that God enters into our mess. If God can enter the mess of an animal stable on the night Jesus was born, what area of your messy life will you allow God to enter? Are you keeping God from entering your life somehow? Do you have a road closed sign up in your life, where God is not allowed in? Give God passage tonight to enter into the mess of your life, and see if real healing will begin, so God can bring you peace.