More Than Conquerors: The Church Enduring
It is appropriate to recognize that the growth and expansion of the Gospel and the church of Jesus Christ are the results of the work of the Holy Spirit. In Acts, the dominant instrument for this growth was the preaching and teaching of the Word of God. In the midst of the expansion of the church, there was a growing concern regarding its endurance; especially in light of the ever-increasing hostility against the church. The leading actor in Luke’s account, the Apostle Paul, was heading toward persecution, imprisonment, and possibly, martyrdom. Will the church be able to endure past the lifetime of the Apostles? Will the members of the Body of Christ be able to conquer in the face of tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, or even sword?
Paul completed his three missionary journeys and left Asia Minor to set sail for Jerusalem. Agabus, the prophet, warned Paul of the impending danger and arrest if he traveled to Jerusalem. Nevertheless, Paul determined to go, even in the face of trial and imprisonment. In the span of these remaining chapters, Paul defends his Apostleship five different times, and each time, Jesus Christ was the center of his defense, his constant source of strength, and his protecting conqueror; enabling him to endure to the end. During the perilous journey to Rome by ship and even in the shipwreck, Paul remained confident in his protection because Christ assured him that he would preach the Gospel in Rome.
During the next several months, the significance of Paul’s words found in Romans 8:37, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us,” will become meaningful in the display of our living as ministers of Jesus Christ.
The following sermons begin by looking closely at what it means to be more than conquerors. Then as we enter into the fall season, we will complete our study through Acts.
July 29, 2018, From Terror to Confidence – Romans 8:31-39
August 5, 2018, Special Speaker
August 12, 2018, From Aroma of Death to Aroma of Christ – 2 Corinthians 2:14-17, Communion
August 19, 2018, Why did Jesus Have to Die? – 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2, Community Breakfast
August 26, 2018, From bondage to Victory – 1 John 5:1-5
September 2, 2018, From Decay to Immortality – 1 Corinthians 15:50-58, Communion
September 9, 2018, Endurance in the Face of Hostility – Acts 21:17-22:29
September 16, 2018, Endurance Strengthened by God’s Word – Acts 22:30-23:11
September 23, 2018, Paul Johnson, Missions Conference Weekend
September 30, 2018, Endurance in the Face of a Persistent Enemy – Acts 23:12-35
October 7, 2018, Endurance in the Face of False Accusations – Acts 24:1-27
October 14, 2018, Endurance in the Face of Pandering – Acts 25:1-22, Communion
October 21, 2018, Endurance to Preach Christ – Acts 25:23-26:32
October 28, 2018, Endurance in the Face of Danger – Acts 27:1-28:14
November 4, 2018, Endurance in Commitment to God’s Calling – Acts 28:15-31, Communion, Daylight savings ends
November 11 and 18, 2018, Special Speaker
I will send out the new sermon series before November 11. The theme, “More Than Conquerors,” ends on November 4.