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Paul’s Missionary Journey 6

This week, Paul embarks on his Third Missionary Journey! He will visit a few old friends along the way to strengthen and encourage them, and we will see him shift his strategies and model for mission work. Up to this point, Paul has been 'the traveling missionary,' but in Ephesus, he slows down and takes on a new role in his missionary work.

Paul’s Missionary Journey 2

In this second week of Paul’s missionary journeys, we continue following Paul on his first journey as he travels into Iconium, Lystra and Derbe. In these cities, we start to discover the extreme persecution that Paul and Barnabas would find as they carried out the mission. An uprising occurs and Paul is stoned and left for dead. Believers took his body and found him alive. They restored him and set him back on his way. Even after this horrible attack, Paul would not be denied. He and his companions circle back around and make their way through the cities that they originally met in ultimately leading them back home by boat.
The lessons we learn in Acts 14 are hard lessons to learn. Not everyone will receive the message of Jesus with joy. Not everyone is willing to stand beside or politely disagree with you. Paul learned that some people will attack and might even try to silence your voice. How will we respond in moments like this?

Paul’s Missionary Journey 1

In this first week of our series, we will learn about Paul and what makes him the perfect person to champion the message of Christ. The idea of, “missionary journey” would not have been widely thought of. For our purposes, the Holy Spirit picked Paul and Barnabas to tell the story of Jesus. The community of Antioch prayed and sent them out.
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On this first journey, we learn of their tactics to spread the Gospel, we hear the actual message and how Paul justifies his belief and we come face to face with the leading of the Holy Spirit. This chapter causes us to consider our journey. Do we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us? Do we understand the sacrifice that was made for us to know God? And are we willing to be sent so that 2000 years from now, the message will continue to ring in the hearts of believers?

The Wilderness 5

Week 5 (5/5/24): After striking a Covenant with Israel, God moved his people to the edge of the land that he promised to give them. In this story found in Numbers 13 and 14, God allows 12 of the leading men of Israel to spy out the land. After 40 days of searching, they determined that the land did indeed flow with Milk and Honey but that it would be impossible to conquer because of the inhabitants. Two of the twelve leaders pushed back on the report and felt that God would honor Israel and give them possession if they remained faithful. This is where Israel falls short and is blocked from entering the land except those children under 20 years of age.
How often do we forget about God’s goodness in our lives? We see the challenges in front of us but forget that God goes before us to fight our battles. What are some areas of our lives that we have not trusted God with?

The Wilderness 4

Throughout the history of our Biblical text, God uses the Wilderness as a place to refine and transform his people. The Wilderness is a desolate and uncultivated place full of sand and rocks. Something about this barren and inhospitable place allows God to teach his people to seek and trust. Seasons of rebellion are shaped by correction. Times of lack are countered with divine provision. And a loosely connected family is transformed into the People of God.
Welcome to the Wilderness. In this series, we will follow the Israelites from their release as slaves of Egypt through the wilderness and ultimately study their sojourn into becoming the people of God. What lessons do they learn? How does God lead them? How does this journey help us understand our own time in the wilderness?

The Wilderness 3

We will continue our sermon series this week "The Wilderness" and will be reading from Exodus 16.
“The Wilderness”
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Throughout the history of our Biblical text, God uses the Wilderness as a place to refine and transform his people. The Wilderness is a desolate and uncultivated place full of sand and rocks. Something about this barren and inhospitable place allows God to teach his people to seek and trust. Seasons of rebellion are shaped by correction. Times of lack are countered with divine provision. And a loosely connected family is transformed into the People of God.
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Welcome to the Wilderness. In this series, we will follow the Israelites from their release as slaves of Egypt through the wilderness and ultimately study their sojourn into becoming the people of God. What lessons do they learn? How does God lead them? How does this journey help us understand our own time in the wilderness?