BEING TOGETHER In our reading (below) Paul is inviting us into a new life. Like a good coach he’s not giving us blanket encouragement or blanket criticism. He’s setting us a goal and giving us a sense of how to get there. He’s not saying you’re all amazing. He’s not saying you’re all rubbish. He [...]
Graham thinks of Paul baptising with the Holy Spirit and its command to love.
What does the gift of the Holy Spirit in baptism give and ask?
Sermon Outline Worth reading Acts Chapter 15-18 Introduction You know the feeling! It's time to speak at an important meeting. One of my drill instructors used to shout when I was in the Navy - 'you give the best show with preparation, perspiration and panache. Paul's Second Missionary Journey These qualities we see abounding in [...]
Introduction Acts Chapter 15-18 Is it a story of an epic journey? Is it a story of overcoming deceit and violence? Is it a story of getting the truth out there? Well, it is all of these; it is just a great story. In Paul's Second Missionary Journey we have false imprisonment, lying charlatans and formidable thinkers. [...]
When the apostle Paul hinges two passages with the word 'therefore', we always know he is about to produce a blockbuster. In the chapter before, he has dug deep into the remembered story of Abraham and God’s promise to him that he would be father of many nations, against all odds. Paul has examined the [...]