There are no beginnings without the Spirit. Be mindful, beginnings are always filled with anticipation, fear, and risk. And they're messy. Sometimes, very messy. This summer we will dwell on some key moments in the book of Acts as we try to discern where God is calling Rejoice Lutheran Church to become. Here is a summary of where we are going:
June 21, 2020 Bold Church: Beginnings!
ACTS 1:1-11; John 20:19–31
Luke continues his story with a summary of the mission and
ministry of Jesus from his transfiguration on Mount Tabor
to his ascension on the Mount of Olives. Referencing the
Holy Spirit three times in this brief passage, Luke grounds
the story of the birth of the church in the wisdom that bold,
new beginnings are always Spirit-driven.
June 28, 2020 Bold Church: Proclamation!
ACTS 5:12, 17-32; John 21:1–19
A growing number of followers of Jesus continue to put their
lives on the line for the sake of the gospel. Imprisonment
and fear of death will not deter these Christ-followers from
proclaiming the good news of Jesus and the Spirit-driven
call to a bold life of obedience to the gospel.
July 5, 2020 Bold Church: Mission
ACTS 13:13-26; John 10:22–30
On his first missionary journey, the Apostle Paul teaches in
the synagogue in Antioch. Paul boldly traces God’s unfolding
mission to draw all people to him through several generations
of judges and kings, including Samuel, Saul, and David. That
mission of salvation finally finds its completion in Jesus. Our
mission as Christ-followers is to bear a bold witness for the
coming generations that “this salvation has been sent.”
July 12, 2020 Bold Church: Transformation!
ACTS 16:6-15; John 13:31–35
Clearly led by the Holy Spirit, the Apostles find themselves
compelled once again to tell their transformational story
of Jesus Christ. Paul has a vision of a “man in Macedonia
pleading” for spiritual help and guidance. Paul’s obedience
to the promptings of the Holy Spirit gives way to a surprise
for Paul and his companions. How will our bold obedience
to the Holy Spirit’s guidance bring about transformation in
our lives and the lives of others?
July 19, 2020 Bold Church: Testimony!
ACTS 22:3-16; John 14:23–29
Paul is on the steps of the temple in Jerusalem and faced with
the opportunity to share his personal testimony – his story
of his life with Jesus. We see in Paul’s account his deep love
for Jesus. We, too, are called to know our story and be ready
to boldly share that story with others.
July 26, 2020 Bold Church: Adventure!
ACTS 27:13-26, 33-38; John 17:20–26
In the final chapters of Acts, we encounter turning seasons,
a long winter, pounding storms at sea, severe hunger, threats
of death, a shipwreck and the near loss of hope. Through it
all, Paul, under arrest and facing death, maintains a spirit of
adventure. The final words of Luke’s riveting story describe
Paul proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about
Jesus “with all boldness and without hindrance.” How is our
bold adventure in Christ best summed up?
August 2, 2020 Bold Church: Rock!
1 PETER 13-21; John 14:8–17
Peter is a great example of one who is completely human:
both frail and flawed, yet remaining faithful through the most
difficult circumstances. He experienced everything from the
trial and crucifixion of Jesus to the birth of the early church.
We have much to learn from this revered Apostle.
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