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SERMON SCHEDULE

Winter 2024             Acts 18  20

Introduction

The book of Acts provides the historical background of the first century church. In our previous unit, we began to follow Paul and his companions' adventures to proclaim the gospel. It concludes with the presentation of the good news in Athens, the intellectual epicenter of the Mediterranean world. The fledgling Jewish movement begun in Jerusalem has taken flight and carried Gentiles in her sway.

In Acts chapters 18 to 20, we continue to follow Paul and his companions in the third phase of his missionary endeavors. The focus of the work is in Greece, Macedonia and the Roman province of Asia (modern Turkey). The testimony goes out to both Jews and Gentiles and is accompanied by resistance, riot and persecution.

 

The pattern of Paul and his companions is writ large in these chapters. The evidence of God’s power to save through the gospel is ornamented by extraordinary miracles of healing done in Jesus’ name and the raising of Eutychus. This unit concludes with Paul’s farewell to the leaders of the church at Ephesus, affording us a Pauline description of this missionary work and the growth of deep bonds of affection.

As modern witnesses and benefactors of the example of these early missionaries, there is much to inspire and challenge us. We are reminded that the name of Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the word of God are no less living and active and powerful today. And in this light, we take to heart the present need of Jews and Gentiles and Paul’s echo of Jesus’ words, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Let us take to heart Paul’s words of commendation to the Ephesian elders, “To God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified."

Schedule

Feb 11:     Acts 18:117            Go on speaking                                         (Nathaniel Jackson)

Feb 18:    Acts 18:18 – 19:7      "Explained the Way more accurately"     (Stefan Matzal)

Feb 25:    Acts 19:820          "The Lord Jesus was extolled"                (Stefan Matzal)

Mar 3       Acts 19:2141           “No little disturbance”                             (Nathaniel Jackson)

Mar 10      Acts 20:116           “His life is in him”                                     (Stefan Matzal)

Mar 17       Acts 20:1731         “I testify to you this day”                         (Nathaniel Jackson)

Mar 24      Acts 20:3238       “It is more blessed to give”                    (Stefan Matzal)

Mar 31             Topical                      EASTER                                           (Nathaniel Jackson) 

Apr 7               Topical                      RESURRECTION                             (Stefan Matzal)

--The Eldership: February 2024

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