What is love?

Today we take a pause through the book of Acts as we look at what motivated Paul in his work. Today we look at the meaning and definition of love... as God defines.

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Missions and the Local Church | Acts 21:15-26 Part 1

In the beginning of our passage in Acts 21:15-20a, we are reminded of an integral function of the local church. Missions. This entire passage is packed with some important truths to discern carefully. Principally, we see the response of the church when it comes to participating directly in the Great Commission. Worship. What happens when this form of worship is removed?

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The Pastor's Paycheck and Bivocational Ministry | Acts 20:33-35

Should pastor's be paid? If so, who should pay them? Do they have to receive a salary or can they forgo it and provide for themselves? It is no secret that money is a controversial topic in our day... particularly as it relates to the Church. Today we look at what is commonly one of the largest expenses of the local church and what God has to say about it.

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Acts 20:13-38 | Living for God

Paul is in a hurry to get to Jerusalem. He wants to see his friends from the Ephesian church so he sends for the elders to come to him for one last meeting. Paul made two very focused points in his conversation with them, 1) he dedicated his life to deliver to them the whole council of God; and 2) wolves are coming to pervert and divide the church. This week we look at what drives Paul in his mission. Next week we'll be learning more about these wolves he warns of.

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Acts 20:7-12 | Dead in Sin. Alive in Christ.

The church is gathered. Paul is preaching into the night. Lamps are burning throughout the room. It is then we see a young man named Eutychus fall three stories to his death... until he is given life. It is this tangible miracle that points us to the true work of God in Christ in bringing us from eternal death to eternal life. It is in this newness of life that we rejoice as the church. It is because we are loved by God that we go out into all the world.

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Acts 20:1-6 | Open Doors

Open doors. As Christians we're regularly looking for them and frequently talking about them in ministry. In today's passage we look at an opportunity that Paul had and wanted. The Lord opened a door for him... and he left. He didn't take the path that seemed clear and right. We can learn from this story of Paul's and, importantly, how to apply them to real ministry and purpose, rather than just seeing abstract doors in our imagination and only talking about them in theory.

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Acts 19:21-41 | Two Masters. The futility in serving money.

In last weeks passage we saw newer believers hold money in low regard in light of their new lives in Christ. The church was purified and the name of Jesus honored. In today's passage we see the opposite. Money is held in high regard and the gospel is rejected, leading to chaos and foolish behavior and reasoning. This is what it looks like to serve money.

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