The miracle of healing the crippled man brought a great preaching opportunity for Peter and John which they seized upon to great effect including annoying the political and religious elites. In this chapter we have the pushback trying to silence Christians and how they responded. The story might indicate how Christians in other times might respond to political and religious oppression and mandates.
Biblical Places: The Church resists authoritarian mandates
October 20 , 2021
October 20, 2021 • Pastor Emeritus Joe Fuiten • Acts 4
Biblical Places: Damascus, From the Light of Paul to the Dark Future
January 19, 2022 • Pastor Emeritus Joe Fuiten • Acts 9
The attacks of Saul against the church are representative of how the devil has hounded the church for the past 2,000 years. Nothing has changed in our world today. Christians are still the most persecuted group on the planet even though we are also the largest and fastest growing religion. We will hit some highlights of this persecution as it relates to the city of Damascus.
Biblical Places: Heavenly respect for Stephen • Philip went to Samaria
December 15, 2021 • Pastor Emeritus Joe Fuiten • Acts 8, Acts 7
Acts chapter 7 ends with the death of Stephen. Before we proceed to chapter 8 I would like to pay attention to what Stephen saw as he was about to die. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 "Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." 57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep.”
Biblical Places: Growing Pains
November 17, 2021 • Pastor Emeritus Joe Fuiten • Acts 6
You would think that in a place where God is moving in mighty ways that everything would be perfect. You would also think that people full of the Holy Spirit would not make mistakes. As this chapter will show us, even spiritual people have things to overcome. We will also see that desiring to overcome discrimination can lead to a new set of problems