March 14, 2019
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I will Build My Church: The Expansion (clink the link here to download a PDF of info below): I will Build my Church part 2
Acts 18:1 – 21:17
When Luke opens his second book, Acts, he described the method God would use to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, crucified, and risen with authority over the work of God – the Church. Acts 1:8 declared that the spread of the Gospel was going to be through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. There were to be no gimmicks; there was only to be the making disciples of all nations through the preaching and teaching of the good news of Jesus Christ. The filling of the Holy Spirit was necessary before God would send them into the world. God was about to begin to fulfill His promise of Matthew 16:18, “I will build my church” and Luke now describes its expansion.
Once the Gospel reached Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria, there remained the struggle for the spread of the Gospel throughout the whole world. How was God going to build His Church? His method was for the church to break out of the mold of Judaism and become the union of all nations by the biblical Gospel. The expansion of the Church places the once persecutor, who became the great Apostle Paul, into the center as he follows Jesus Christ in his three missionary journeys.
In the next months, we will explore how God built His Church. The emphasis is on the expansion and all the struggles that arise when God’s work meets the work of the enemy, Satan. However, as we shall see, God will accomplish His task, and indeed the “gates of hell will not prevail.” These lessons will help us deal with the challenges of ministering in our culture.
June 3, 2018, The Display of the Sovereignty of God – Acts 18:1-17
June 10, 2018, The Deliberate Necessity for Accurate Instruction – Acts 18:18-19:10
June 17, 2018, The Dynamic Authority of God’s Truth – Acts 19:11-20
June 24, 2018, The Destructive Power of Biblical Preaching – Acts 19:21-41
July 1, 2018, Gospel-Centered Living in a Gospel-Rejecting Culture – Titus 2:11-15
July 8, 2018, Diving Deep and Falling Asleep – Acts 20:1-16
July 15, 2018, Defending the Church Against the Enemy – Acts 20:17-38
July 22, 2018, The Decision to Follow Jesus Christ – Acts 21:1-17