On Sunday, August 6th we welcomed a new friend visiting from Uganda, along with Paul Hunter sharing. Pastor Robert Sityo of Jinja was visiting the States in part to be at the Next Generation Ministries annual BBQ gathering, for stories, sharing, and fundraising for NGM. We’re grateful for his partnership with Paul and Pam Hunter for much more than the last decade plus. Pastor Sityo preached from Acts 9.
Message title: God is Not finished With Y’all
Scriptures: Acts 9:20-28; 11:25-26; 13:1-5
Preacher: Robert Sityo, along with Paul Hunter
Listen or download:
The shorter clip is a reminder from Paul Hunter on what happens in our hearts and lives when we gather on Sundays:
“Church begins on Monday. Sunday is ‘Garage Time’; that’s where you go to get serviced: check the tire pressure, is the windshield clean, maybe you need to change filters, maybe you need new tires … that’s what happens here, and then we leave this place and we are the church in the world.”
1. God is not finished with us, even though we have sinned.
2. God is not finished with us, even though we have been rejected.
3. God is not finished with us, even though we may have found our comfort zone.
“Familiarity breeds contempt.” —a proverb
4. God is not finished with us, even though we have innumerable hardships.
5. God is not finished with us, even though . . . we have an uncertain future.
We’re grateful for the ongoing partnership with NGM, seeing God change Uganda one person at a time. So we also want to share the NGM annual report published that weekend. Download the PDF here. Pastor Robert Sityo serves on the Ugandan board for NGM.
Romans 8:14-19 (NLT)
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.
Psalm 78:1-8 (NLT)
A psalm of Asaph.
1 O my people, listen to my instructions.
Open your ears to what I am saying,
2 for I will speak to you in a parable.
I will teach you hidden lessons from our past—
3 stories we have heard and known,
stories our ancestors handed down to us.
4 We will not hide these truths from our children;
we will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the Lord,
about his power and his mighty wonders.
5 For he issued his laws to Jacob;
he gave his instructions to Israel.
He commanded our ancestors
to teach them to their children,
6 so the next generation might know them—
even the children not yet born—
and they in turn will teach their own children.
7 So each generation should set its hope anew on God,
not forgetting his glorious miracles
and obeying his commands.
8 Then they will not be like their ancestors—
stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful,
refusing to give their hearts to God.
9:20 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” 21 And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?” 22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.
23 When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, 24 but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, 25 but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket.
26 And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. 28 So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord.
9:25 So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.
13:1 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them.
This year each of us is invited on an adventure to build an altar to God each new day, to look up and love our Creator first. What will be your plan to develop a new rhythm of seeking God each day? » Find some help here.