In Acts 25-26, Paul finds himself on trial again. Paul did not see this as a tragedy but rather another opportunity to give the evidence and defense for his only hope in life. A "hope" so confident that Paul was ready to die, if necessary, before he would stop sharing it. What is the basis of your hope? Is your hope built upon any real evidence? For Paul, this was an easy question to answer. King Agrippa was almost persuaded to believe in Paul's message but refused to bend his will saying, "Do you think you can persuade me to become a Christian that quickly?" Paul's response was quick and clear, "I wish that all would become like me, yet without the chains." Do you live a life anyone would really want to have? Do you live a life worth inviting others to share in? This Sunday, we will find some important answers in the life of Paul.
What's Your Evidence?
BOLD. Series in the Book of Acts
September 15, 2019 • Pastor David Anglin • Acts 25-26
Dealing with Critics
Acts 23-25 • September 8, 2019 • Pastor David Anglin
Criticism is not a new thing. Being critical of others is easy to do and it seems attacking others especially on social media is easier than over. People will direct criticisms and verbal attacks on social media today, for the WORLD-WIDE-WEB to see, that they would never have the guts to say to another individual face to face. More and more people are lacking social skills and a relational I.Q. to handle disagreements in person. Why have a face to face conversation when its easier to launch a social media grenade at ones convenience on one's iPhone? In Acts 23-25, Paul gives us some training on how to handle critics. After being beaten, arrested, and falsely accused with emotional arguments void of any facts, Paul spends no less than two long years sitting in jail north of Jerusalem in Caesarea-by-the-Sea. Paul handles his critics with unwavering grace and strength while making the most of every moment. There are some helpful principles that we would be wise to learn from Paul’s experience and example.
Is Your God Safe?
Acts 19 • August 18, 2019 • Pastor David Anglin
When is the last time you considered your understanding of God? Is your God safe? Is your view of God easily explained, defined, and understood? In Acts 19, there is a group of religious men who are impressed by God's power displayed in miraculous ways. The men dangerously attempt to take on a demon-possessed man borrowing God's power. They thought God's power could be borrowed and used as a spiritual good luck charm. Does God exists for our good pleasure and perform spiritual tricks to give us the life we think we need?
Finding Your Desert
The Reshaping of Paul • May 5, 2019 • Pastor David Anglin
In Acts 9:20-31, we find two time stamps given by the author Luke. The first is in verse 20, “immediately he proclaimed Jesus." Saul (or Paul) immediately began confessing that Jesus was the Son of God. The second time stamp is a bit more obscure, where verse 23 says, “when many days passed.” In Galatians 1:10-18, Paul shares the details of those many days, involving 3 years in the desert of Arabia. The future ministry of Paul flowed from this time of solitude in his life. It was in the desert that Jesus transformed Saul into Paul and the persecutor would emerge the persecuted. Three years of solitude fueled decades of ministry and 19 centuries of impact. Where is your desert?