"To The End of The Earth"
An examination of the history of the early church addresses more than one issue. In the first place, it anchors the church in its roots. In an age where history and tradition are given fleeting attention, or dispensed with altogether, knowing our history seems important. The church did not simply spring into being from thin air! Then again, if postmodernity disparages history, its advocacy of pluralism also finds the insistence of the early church on one way and only one way offensive.
Luke begins ACTS with what looks like a boring historian's pedantry to detail, but unless our faith is grounded in history, we are merely fooling ourselves.
Tonight we begin a journey.
Think of it as a road trip: from Jerusalem to the great city of Rome.
Fasten your seat-belts; ensure that your tray tables are firmly secured in their locked position; and bring your seat backs to the forward position.
We're in for a bumpy ride.
2. Then They Were Twelve Again
3. Pentecostal Fire!
4. The "This is That" Sermon!
5. See, How They Love One Another!
6. Jumping for Joy
7. A New Testament Sermon on an Old Testament Text