Study of Acts 9:32-15:35

9 - His Grace Available, Acts 15:1-35

June 25, 2017 • Josh Lindstrom

As the gospel spread among the Gentiles, there was disagreement as to whether or not they were required to follow all of the Law of Moses. A conference was held in Jerusalem and it was determined that God’s grace was available to all and that no unnecessary restrictions should be placed on anyone. We too are always encouraged to pursue unity, even when we may disagree on minor points. 1. The Question: What does it take to be saved? (vs. 1-5) 2. The Response: We are saved through grace (vs. 6-11) 3. The Judgement: Do not be a stumbling block (vs. 12-21) 4. The Result: Unity in the church (vs. 22-35) Songs: How Great Thou Art #14181, 1941, 1953, 1955 S K. Hine, Renewed 1981 Manna Music, Inc. ARR UBP of Manna Music, Inc. To Our God #6227023 by B Johnson, J Riddle, and J Taylor 2012 Bethel Music No Longer Slaves #7030123 by J D Helser and M Helser 2014 © Bethel Music Publishing O Come To The Altar #7051511 by C Brown, M Brock, S Furtick, & W Joye 2015 © Be Essential Songs Jesus We Love You #7030068 by H McClure, K Heiligenthal, and P McClure 2014 © Bethel Music Publishing

8 - His Cross Heavy, Acts 14:8-28

June 18, 2017 • Josh Lindstrom

After dramatically healing a crippled man in Lystra, Jews came down from Antioch and Iconium and incited the crowds to turn against Paul. They stoned him and, thinking he was dead, dragged him out of the city. Though he had been severely hurt, Paul was not discouraged and boldly returned to the very cities that had opposed him to encourage the faithful. Finishing their journey, and despite the persecution, they rejoiced in all that God had done. 1. What are you wanting to hear? (vs. 8-13) 2. Who are you serving? (vs. 14-18) 3. Where are you headed? (vs. 19-23) 4. How will you finish? (vs. 24-28) Songs: You Make Me Brave #7003306 by A Cook 2013 Bethel Music Christ Is Enough #6514035 by R Morgan and J Myrin 2012 Hillsong Music Publishing God With Us #6460237 by L Jordan 2012 Open Hands Music and Integrity's Praise! Music God I Look To You #5858163 by J Johnson 2010 Bethel Music In Christ Alone #3350395 by K Getty and S Townend 2001 Thankyou Music

7 - His Voice is Heard, Acts 13:42-14:7

June 11, 2017 • Josh Lindstrom

When opposition broke out against them, Paul quotes Isaiah 49:6 and turns his attention towards the Gentiles. This would become his pattern, as he would first proclaim the gospel to the Jews and then to the Gentiles. Though the persecution would intensify, they would continue to preach the gospel. When we are faithful to share the gospel, we too should expect fruitfulness and opposition in our work and trust God for the strength to continue. 1. Curiosity & Jealousy (vs. 42-47) 2. Belief & Growth (vs. 48-49) 3. Persecution & Perseverance (vs. 50-52) 4. Opposition & Determination (14:1-3) 5. Wisdom & Purpose (vs. 4-7) Alive In You #7054536 by J Frye, K Walker-Smith, and S Smith 2015 © Capitol CMG Genesis Always #5881037 by J Ingram and K Stanfill worshiptogether.com Faithful To The End #7054172 by B Johnson, H McClure, J Taylor, and P McClure 2015 © Bethel Music Publishing We Will Not Be Shaken #7029075 by B Fielding, B Hartley, B Strand, B Johnson, and C Greely 2014 © Hillsong Music Publishing He Is The Light #7001303 by B Torwalt and K Torwalt 2013 Jesus Culture

6 - His Story is Told, Acts 13:13-41

June 4, 2017 • Josh Lindstrom

We need to know and share the gospel, inviting people to receive forgiveness for their sins through Christ. 1. The mission continues (vs. 13-15) 2. The mission is the story (vs. 16-37) a. God is the author (vs. 16-25) b. Jesus is the subject (vs. 26-37) 3. We are the recipients (vs. 38-41) Songs: The Lion And The Lamb #7038281 by B Brown, B Johnson, and L Mooring 2015 © Meaux Mercy Cornerstone #6158927 by W B Bradbury, E Liljero, R Morgan, E Mote, & J Myrin 2011 © Hillsong Music Publishing Exalted Over All #7065022 by A Rozier, J Ingram, and J Cates 2016 © All Essential Music Man Of Sorrows #6476063 by M Crocker and B Ligertwood 2012 © Hillsong Music Publishing

5 - His Word Goes Out, Acts 13:1-12

May 21, 2017 • Josh Lindstrom

The apostle Paul and Barnabas are sent out on their first missionary journey and they strategically begin in the synagogues of the Jews. As one would expect, the proclamation of the gospel was not well received by all. Paul confronts a magician, Elymas, who opposed them miraculously striking him blind. Seeing what had occurred, even the procounsel believed. Knowing that our proclamation could put us at odds with others cannot deter us from sharing our faith. 1. It is intentional (vs. 1-3) 2. It is global (vs. 4-5) 3. It is opposed (vs. 6-8) 4. It is effective (vs. 9-12) Songs: You Make Me Brave #7003306 by A Cook 2013 Bethel Music This I Believe (The Creed) #7018338 by B Fielding and M Crocker 2014 © Hillsong Music Publishing Be Enthroned #7054178 by B Johnson, H Thompson, J Riddle, and K Heiligenthal 2015 © Bethel Music Publishing All The Poor And Powerless #5881130 by L Jordan and D Leonard 2011 Integrity's Praise! Music and Integrity's Alleluia! Music

4 - His Control Absolute, Acts 12:1-25

May 14, 2017 • Josh Lindstrom

Persecution flares up in earnest in Jerusalem and the apostle James is imprisoned and killed, followed by Peter’s arrest and imprisonment. While it would appear that Herod is in control and able to do as he wishes, God will show that his control is absolute even when it appears that evil prospers. When our faith puts us at odds with the world, we must remember that God remains the Sovereign of the universe and will hold all accountable for their actions. 1. God’s silence (vs. 1-4) 2. God’s rescue (vs. 5-11) 3. Our doubt (vs. 12-17) 4. God’s justice (vs.18-23) 5. God’s victory (vs. 24-25) Songs: Alive In You #7054536 by J Frye, K Walker-Smith, and S Smith 2015 © Capitol CMG Genesis Love Came Down [J Riddle] #5148938 by J Edwardson, B Johnson, I McIntosh, and J Riddle 2009 Bethel Music It Is Well [Bethel] #7021972 by H Gates Spafford, K DiMarco, and P P Bliss 2013 © Bethel Music What A Beautiful Name #7068424 by B Fielding and B Ligertwood 2016 Hillsong Music Publishing

3 - His People Set Apart, Acts 11:1-30

Kirby Neely • May 7, 2017 • Kirby Neely

Strict Jewish Christians back in Jerusalem criticize Peter for having associated with one such as Cornelius. Peter gives testimony to what God had done and all fell silent and glorified God. Persecution in Jerusalem had caused a great number of believers to be scattered and a church began in a city called Antioch. It was in this city that the disciples were first called Christians. When a famine was to strike Jerusalem, the new church in Antioch was quick to respond to their need. 1. Peter shares what God is doing (vs. 1-17) a. Peter takes time to explain why (vs. 4-7) b. Peter shares the struggles he has had (vs. 8-10) c. Peter recounts how God has been at work (vs. 11-17) d. Others are inspired (v. 18) 2. God confirms what he is doing (vs. 19-26) 3. Gods people prove authentic with their actions (vs. 27-29) Songs: Alive In You #7054536 by J Frye, K Walker-Smith, and S Smith 2015 © Capitol CMG Genesis The Lord Our God #6518055 by J Ingram and K Stanfill 2013 Came To My Rescue #4705190 by J Davies, M Sampson, and D Thomas 2005 Hillsong Publishing Let There Be Light #7069096 by B Ligertwood, J Houston, M Crocker, M Guy Chislett, S Ligertwood 2016 © Hillsong Music Publishing God Of The Redeemed #5858132 by C McClure, P McClure, and J Riddle 2010 Bethel Music

2 - His Audience Unexpected, Acts 10:1-48

April 30, 2017 • Josh Lindstrom

God shows Peter that he desires for all people to hear and embrace Christ. We too must be willing to share the gospel with all people and not let prejudice or bias discourage the work. 1. God wants to be found (10:1-8) 2. We need to be prepared (10:9-16) 3. We must respond (10:17-23a) 4. God is at work in many (10:23b-33) 5. Share the gospel (10:34-43) 6. Expect results (10:44-48) SONGS: Unstoppable God 7011436 by Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, and Wade Joye 2014 Sony/ATV Tree Publishing Christ Is Enough 6514035 by Reuben Morgan and Jonas Myrin 2012 Hillsong Music Publishing Waiting Here For You 5925663 by Jesse Reeves, Martin Smith, and Chris Tomlin 2011 worshiptogether.com songs, sixsteps Music, Vamos Publishing, and Curious? Music UK Let There Be Light 7069096 by B Ligertwood, J Houston, M Crocker, M Guy Chislett, S Ligertwood 2016 © Hillsong Music Publishing

1 - His Power at Work, Acts 9:32-43

April 23, 2017 • Josh Lindstrom

The apostle Peter begins to minister outside Jerusalem and heals a paralyzed man and raises a woman from the dead. As was often the case in Jesus’ ministry, as people heard of these miraculous acts of God they turned to the Lord. Our God still desires to work through people faithful to follow his direction in their life to seek and save the lost. 1. Seek an opportunity (9:32-33) 2. Expect results (9:34-35) 3. People talk (9:36-38) 4. Dream big (9:39-41) 5. Wait and see (9:42-43) SONGS: Be Thou My Vision 30639 by Hull, Eleanor Henrietta | Byrne, Mary Elizabeth Public Domain Stronger 5060810 by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan 2007 Hillsong Publishing God With Us 6460237 by Leslie Jordan 2012 Open Hands Music and Integrity's Praise! Music Exalted Over All 7065022 by Andi Rozier, Jason Ingram, and Jess Cates 2016 © All Essential Music No Other Name 7019979 by Joel Houston and Jonas Myrin 2014 © Hillsong Music Publishing