TRUTH: To be the church, people must matter more than things! 1. Unity marks us! Acts 4:32a :: Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, 2. We hold possessions loosely! Acts 4:32b :: and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 3. We care for one another! Acts 4:34 :: There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 4. We are authentic in our community! Acts 4:37 :: sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Now What - Go & Be
TRUTH: To be the church, people must matter more than things!
May 12, 2019 • Jason Smith
Now What - Go & Speak
TRUTH: Boldness to speak comes with confidence in Jesus and the mission! • May 19, 2019 • Jason Smith
TRUTH: Boldness to speak comes with confidence in Jesus and the mission! 1. Center your words in Scripture! Acts 2:16 :: But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel Acts 2:25 :: For David says concerning him, 2. Focus your words on Jesus! Acts 2:22 :: “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know 3. Offer hope and promise! Acts 2:39 :: For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 4. Share your experience as witness! Acts 2:40 :: And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.”
Now What - Stay Grounded
TRUTH: Following Jesus is made easier when I ground myself in truth! • May 5, 2019 • Jason Smith
TRUTH: Following Jesus is made easier when I ground myself in truth! Staying grounded… 1. Helps me know untruth! Matthew 4:1-2 :: Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 2. Keeps me focused Matthew 4:7 :: Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 3. Is beneficial for now and eternity Matthew 4:8 :: Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 4. Moves us toward our mission Matthew 4:10 :: Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” Matthew 4:16 :: the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”
Now What - Stay Connected
TRUTH: Following Jesus is made easier when we stay connected • April 28, 2019 • Jason Smith
TRUTH: Following Jesus is made easier when we stay connected We must stay connected… 1. To the mission Acts 1:8 :: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” I must stay connected… 1. To people through friendship Acts 1:13 :: And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 2. To God through prayer Acts 1:14 :: All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.