Friday Evening Service
Friday Evening Service • November 9, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
"'Slow headway, with great difficulty.' That’s what it is like going through life apart from God’s will. We think we have a good plan, a good course to sail, but it doesn’t turn out that way at all. Just as happened here, the winds of life won’t allow us to hold the course we have charted for ourselves. One thing we have learned from the Book of Acts is that nothing can stop us when we are in God’s will, but outside of God’s will, things are VERY difficult. We can all avoid lots of pain by purposing in our hearts to find and remain in God’s will."
Friday Evening Service • November 2, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
"The reason Paul made people so angry is because he told others they had to repent and turn to God! It is the same reason people get angry at us when we share—they just don’t want to repent. They like/love their sin, they like thinking they are OK the way they are, they love thinking they are good enough to make it to heaven just the way they are. The only reason people reject Jesus (and get angry at His messengers) is because they love sin! They may make a lot of other excuses up but the only one that is real is that they just don’t want to stop sinning."
Friday Evening Service • October 26, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
" Paul begins telling his story. In effect, he is saying, ‘I was worse than all of you—a long time ago! But God changed me and He can change you, too.’ By sharing his story, he is giving an opportunity for the people listening to change (a desire most of us have). He opposed Jesus and changed, they can, too. That’s why it’s important for people to hear the whole story about you. About how you were once involved with drugs or immorality or some other horrible sin. But also about how God changed you. You see, when you do that, it takes away their excuses."
Friday Evening Service • October 12, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
"Paul wasn’t afraid to go to Jerusalem. He already proved that he would go wherever God said even when he knew there would be danger. Even now he knows he is going before Nero, the notorious king who was an avowed enemy of Christians. This was NOT taking the easy way out. This is just Paul seeing the hand of God moving on his behalf. Remember, Jesus already appeared to Paul to tell him he would testify in Rome! Paul is simply being obedient, walking through the doors that have already been opened by the Lord. Please listen: when God opens a door for you, RUN through it! Don’t hesitate. I promise you do not want to miss any doors God opens."
Friday Evening Service • October 5, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
"The Bible is under attack as perhaps no other time in US history. If doubt can be cast upon the Word of God, then our entire faith crumbles! Satan knows it. You and I have to know—beyond doubt—that the Bible is the very word of God and that it has everything we need in this world."
Friday Evening Service • September 28, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
"The rest of Acts is an historical section; Luke’s purpose is to inform us. But with verse 11 as our foundation, we are also going to find 6 very important principles that we can apply in our lives as we serve Jesus 2000 years later!"
Friday Evening Service • September 14, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
"Paul did what a lot of us do when we are new believers. He did what made sense. You have to admire his courage and zeal; he wanted to return to those who knew him to tell them what’s happened to him! It’s just like us—we got saved and wanted to tell everybody about it! Our friends, family, co-workers—we thought the minute they saw us, they would be happy for us and as excited about Jesus as we were! I am certain that Paul thought the minute he told them what happened to him on that Damascus road, they would fall on their face and receive Jesus, too. He was wrong."
Friday Evening Service • September 7, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
"Three times between now and the end of Acts, Paul is going to give his personal testimony. There is genuine power in your testimony. It may not be as dramatic as Paul’s, but there is power nonetheless. The purpose of personal testimony is to glorify God, not self or sin. Only you are an expert in your story. People will listen as you share because they can see (visually) the change you are talking about."
Friday Evening Service • August 10, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
"One thing Paul understood clearly (and practiced) was the need for fellowship. Especially in difficult times, when facing danger and uncertainty, Paul understood the need for Christian companionship. He knew the power of prayer. He understood they could/would encourage them. What I don’t think he understood at this point was that God would use them to test Paul’s resolve."
Friday Evening Service • August 3, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
"Here at Calvary Chapel we teach the whole counsel of God. From Genesis to Revelation, we leave nothing out. It is the only way to insure we do not avoid the difficult issues. You, I can testify before God, have heard it all. Verse by verse, chapter by chapter. Guys, many disagree with me but, with all my heart, I believe there is no other way."
Friday Evening Service • July 27, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
"Let’s focus for a moment on the job Paul understood he had: he was to testify/share about God’s grace! We have the best message ever and we need to be driven by the Spirit to share it! We are not done until we have told everyone in our sphere of influence about this message of grace!"
Friday Evening Service • July 13, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
"Paul understood that often God has different plans than we do. Paul knew he would go to Rome; so did God. Even though God’s will was more difficult, Paul was able to recognize the hand of God and rejoice that His will was being done! Question—can you, when things get tough, rejoice that God’s will is being done in/through you?"
Friday Evening Service • July 6, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
"It is essential for all believers every day to be plugged in to our power source—God. We need to stay close. Jesus is our connection and the Holy Spirit is the conduit. If you are wondering why there seems to be so little power in your life, you are running out of juice."