Posts tagged Acts
Acts - The Shape of the Kingdom XLVIII: An Abundant Life of Lament | Brandon Cook

Acts 28:23-31

Brandon Cook. The Book of Acts comes to an end with Paul in prison in Rome, facing an uncertain future. But it doesn’t before Paul levels a lament about the hardness of heart around him in those who refuse the good news of Jesus. Paul taps into the Jewish legacy of lament—of giving voice to the things that disturb and shake us. In this message, we explore how lament—which can feel like an assault on God Himself—is actually part of how we demonstrate trust and move forward in hope.

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Acts - The Shape of the Kingdom XLVII: The Power in the Powerlessness | Brandon Cook

Acts 28:1-9

Brandon Cook. Paul’s journey continues with a shipwreck (!) and a snakebite (!!). His path is filled with ambiguity and powerlessness, yet he is filled with power. In this message, we explore how the only way to walk in the fullness of the Kingdom of God is by embracing the powerlessness we might detest, and finding there a fountain of God’s life and provision.

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Acts - The Shape of the Kingdom XLVI: Jesus is Our Hope | Jessica Lacy-Driscoll

Acts 26:1-8, 9-18.

Jessica Lacy-Driscoll.  In light of Paul's testimony before King Agrippa, we ask: How do we let Jesus be our hope in the midst of longing and waiting.  Jesus often brings his goodness in ways we do not understand.  We open ourselves to his presence of hope by grieving, confessing, receiving, encountering and being commissioned.  We consider where Jesus is inviting us to put our hope in him.

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Acts - The Shape of the Kingdom XLIV: Life as a Partner | Brandon Cook

Acts 24

Brandon Cook. We do not understand life in God until we understand what it means to be God’s partner, his fellow laborer. But this is not how most of us have been trained to think about who we are. In this message, we explore how Paul the Apostle viewed discipleship—life following Jesus, and how at the heart of it, we are invited not only to see ourselves as children of God but as those who are at work with God in seeing all things made new.

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Acts - The Shape of the Kingdom XLIII: Walking the Narrow Path | Brandon Cook

Acts 23

Brandon Cook. Paul follows in the footsteps of Jesus. Literally. On trial before the Sanhedrin, we watch him shrewdly navigate the religious rigidity which soon boils over into bloodthirst. What is happening here? Why are the religiously rigid out for blood? In this message we explore one of the pitfalls of walking the Jesus path: the temptation of religious rigidity, and how we can avoid it by whole and holy obedience and commitment.

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Acts - The Shape of the Kingdom XLII: Encountering Jesus | Matt Cullen

Acts 22:1-22

Matt Cullen. How do we learn to encounter Jesus as he really is?  As Paul recounts his most pivotal encounter with Jesus, Matt recounts his own life reorientation which includes asking the questions: “who are you Lord?” and “what should I do?”.  Matt offers prayers of confession and repentance for generational strongholds of busyness as we are invited to slow down, make space to hear the voice of Jesus, ask questions, and surrender together.

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Acts - The Shape of the Kingdom XLI: Imagining Kingdom Community | Jaci Anderson & Ryan Longnecker

Acts 21: 26-40

Jaci Anderson and Ryan Longnecker.  We return to our series in Acts as Paul helps the early church establish the Kingdom of God through community that has to face very real tensions and conflict.  Engaging scripture through the contemplative practice of Imaginative Prayer, we consider that, Jesus calls us out of hiding in the crowd, or from the crowd, and into risk for Kingdom Community.  Jaci and Ryan discuss and demonstrate experiences of both hiding and risking to create Kingdom Community.  

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