The Christ-promised coming of the Holy Spirit reverses the confusion of Babel as the disciples are given the gift of speaking in tongues. In a rush of wind and with tongues of flame the prophecy of Joel is fulfilled. The timidity of the Twelve dissolves in fiery witnessing to the Truth. What began in the streets of Jerusalem, is even now carried to the ends of the earth
Our King mounts his throne in victory to sit at the right hand of the Father. Jesus visibly departs, leaving his followers with the promise of the Holy Spirit, a call to witness, and the promise that he will come again. We proclaim in the power of our Ascended Lord.
Sometimes sharing the gospel can put us in a situation we had never dreamed of. We see an example of this in Acts 14.
Through what happens to Paul and Barnabas here, we learn some important truths about ourselves and those who speak God’s Word.
Have you noticed how two different people can sometimes see and hear the exact same event and have two radically different takes on it?
This often happens when we speak God's Word. Some hear it gladly. Others, not so much. So then, what are we to do when opposed?
That's what we see in this sermon based on Acts 13
Where do we turn when we need encouragement and hope?
We turn to Jesus our true Shepherd.
What does Jesus think about seemingly lost causes -- people who we think will never listen to God's Word, let alone believe it? And then, what impact does this have on the way we speak of Jesus to others?
That's what we see in this sermon based on Acts 9