Acts: Witnesses to King and Kingdom

You Can't Have It Both Ways!

November 21, 2021 • Pastor Rob

In our journey through Acts so far we've seen some of the challenges facing the church from the outside. Our passage this morning shows us a threat from the inside. Not all the believers had pure motives as they participated in the life of the community. Some wanted to have a little Jesus, but still do them. This passage will show us that, "You can't have it both ways." It's an invitation and a warning for us to see that there's nothing better than living generously in unity with God's people.

Who's Got the Power?

November 14, 2021 • Pastor Rob

This morning is the third and final message in our three-part series around the healing of a lame man. This healing has now brought the disciples into a collision of power with the temple authorities. This passage gives us a unique window into how the power of Jesus is at work in our world. We'll also be challenged by how radically different the early believers respond to threats facing them.

A Second Chance

November 7, 2021 • Pastor Rob

There have been many preachers who have said that, "Our God is a God of Second Chances." You could say that our text for today contains the greatest "second chance," of all time. Either way, I pray that you'll be moved by this rich story and sermon from the Apostle Peter as he offers a "second chance" to his people.

We Are All Beggars

October 24, 2021 • John Corrigan

In chapter two of Acts we saw that the first believers devoted themselves to “the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers”. We also saw that many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. In this week’s passage we see an example of these wonders- the healing of a lame beggar at the temple. We will see that God was shaking things up in Israel- a new paradigm for the temple was being established. And, we will be encouraged to be humble worshippers who are sensitive to the Spirit’s leading.

Why I Still Believe in Church!

October 17, 2021 • Pastor Rob

In our passage this morning we see what the church did after the incredible moment of Pentecost. We see how they gathered together around a set of practices that shaped them spiritually and sustained for the mission ahead! These same practices will shape and sustain us as well.

The Empowered Church

October 10, 2021 • Pastor Rob

Pentecost is the moment when everything changed for the church. But what does it mean? And what should we do in response to this out pouring of the Holy Spirit? The Apostle Peter will be our teacher this morning as he answers these questions for the crowds of his day and for us as well!

While We Wait

October 3, 2021 • Pastor Rob

Our passage this morning describes a period of waiting between the time when Jesus gave his mission to the disciples and the Spirit empowerment that was coming. It seems like an odd text for Luke to include on page 1 of Acts, but there are some key lessons for us in our own moment of waiting. This passage may surprise you with all the truths it contains. It surprised me!

Let's Gooooo!

September 26, 2021 • Pastor Rob

One of the greatest things we can experience is the sense that we are doing exactly what God wants us to do. When we know and live his will there is freedom, joy, and purpose even in the midst of difficulty. It’s equally one of the worst things when we aren’t doing what God wants us to do. When we don’t know his purpose we’re lost, vulnerable to false visions for our lives, and susceptible to being drowned by the world’s drama. The same thing is true for the church. We’re living through a time when there is much drama in the world and many false visions for the church. But in the book of Acts we are given the exact mission Jesus appoints us to do and how he’ll empower us to do it. And when we live this out, there’s clarity, freedom, and joy to face anything. Seaside Fam, it’s time for a mission alignment. Our text and sermon this morning begins it!