We were grateful to welcome Connection Church, another local congregation, as they joined the Renew family for morning worship on Sunday, April 12th. Our emphasis was on the “so what” of the resurrection of Jesus. His salvation makes available many more promises to His people.
We began the morning by praying and singing together, all generations with one voice. We sang many anthems of grace including Build Your Kingdom Here, The Invitation, In Tenderness He Sought Me, Scandal of Grace, You Revive Me, and Jesus!
In this sermon we began exploring the truth about miracles, or as the Scriptures call them: “Signs and Wonders.”
- What do you believe about signs and wonders?
- What do you believe about healing?
- Are signs and wonders bonus add-ons to the Gospel? Were they just for the early church when people really needed it, but not for us today?
We must come to grips with the reality that many aspects of our lives do not match what we read is quite normal in the Scriptures. Will we explain this away, or will we ask God to make HIS reality become our reality?
The resurrection of Jesus is the greatest sign and wonder, and the onset of the Kingdom of God, where signs and wonders continue by God’s gracious power.
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During the message the true story of Mustafa in Uganda was referenced. Read part of his story of salvation on the Next Generation Ministries blog here » Does ANYONE Love Me?
The Purpose of This Book
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
4 And while staying[a] with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”Footnotes:
- Acts 1:4 Or eating
- Acts 1:5 Or in
Seven Chosen to Serve
6 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists[a] arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brothers,[b] pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5 And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6 These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.
7 And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.Stephen Is Seized
8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. 10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.Footnotes:
- Acts 6:1 That is, Greek-speaking Jews
- Acts 6:3 Or brothers and sisters
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