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Faithful with Grace to Save



The Messiah is Jewish. Do His Gentile followers need to become Jewish or is He Jewish enough for them too? The question vexed some of the early believers who could only imagine God working through the old covenants given to Abraham and Moses. But some insisted that the new covenant in Christ’s death and resurrection replaced the old covenants. How would the dispute be settled? They saw what God was doing among the Gentiles coincided with what God said He would do in the Law and Prophets. He would be faithful with grace to forgive any and everyone who trusts Him to save.

Acts 15:1-21

Taught Sunday morning, June 19, 2022 by Brad D Harris
(he didn’t stay behind the microphone)

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Faithful in Humility



Barnabas and Paul get chased from one town and preach in the next town. Lystra of Lycaonia presents a new challenge for the apostles. A miraculous healing prompts the locals to think that Paul and Barnabas are the pagan gods in disguise. It’s all the apostles can do to convince the multitude that worship belongs to the Living God, Creator of heaven and earth. Their testimony of humility is eclipsed by their testimony of faithfulness as they continue to testify even after Paul is nearly murdered in Lystra.

Acts 14:8-23

Taught Sunday morning, June 12, 2022 by Brad D Harris

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Faithful to Teach



Paul and Barnabas start their first missionary journey by direction of Holy Spirit to go to Cyprus and to points beyond. Luke shares the sermon Paul preached when invited to speak at the synagogue in Antioch Pisidia. Starting in the Jewish Scriptures, he shows that God fulfills His promises through Jesus Christ, the Son of David, crucified and resurrected as promised. And through faith in Christ, we can be reconciled to God, forgiven of our sins against Him.

Acts 13:1-43

Taught Sunday morning, June 5, 2022 by Brad D Harris

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Faithful to Pray



Persecution begins again for the church in Jerusalem. And this time, the first of the apostles is executed for his testimony of Jesus. And Peter is arrested and scheduled to be executed next. The church does not give up on praying to God. God answers prayers. He brought James home to be with him, a faithful witness. God delivered Peter from prison, in a way unexpected by the prayer meeting at Mary’s house. Don’t give up on praying to our Father. But trust the results to Him.

Acts 12:1-19 and Philippians 4:6-7 and 1 Peter 5:7

Taught Sunday morning, May 29, 2022 by Brad D Harris
(forgive the weak audio)

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Faithful to Show Love



Saul of Tarsus started a persecution that scattered the believers from Jerusalem to parts far beyond traditional Jewish lands. God prepares the apostle Peter to reach a few Gentiles so that the church in Jerusalem is prepared to receive Gentiles without the law of Moses to unite them. Instead, it will be the law of Christ that unites His kingdom. And that is shown here through Barnabas, first to Saul then to Gentiles in Antioch.

Acts 11

Taught Sunday morning, May 22, 2022 by Brad D Harris

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Faithful to Obey – Ananias



Saul of Tarsus was wreaking havoc in persecuting the followers of Christ Jesus. And Jesus takes it personally. But rather than condemn and destroy this enemy, He loves Saul and rescues him from hurting himself more. And sends Ananias to show Christ’s love to this former enemy turned repentant sinner. And foretells that Jesus will turn the world upside down with this chosen vessel.

Acts 9:1-22

Taught Sunday morning, May 15, 2022 by Brad D Harris

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Faithful through Persecution



Stephen was a faithful witness, even through opposition, persecution, and death.  But the seeds of the gospel that he had sown in his death did not produce immediate fruit.  Instead, a chief persecutor arose who wreaked havoc on the church, scattering them from Jerusalem.  Why would God allow this to happen to His infant church?  Instead, Jesus prepared His followers for this eventuality, knowing that what the world had done to Him, the world would do to His followers.  And He prepared His followers with great promises that His faithfulness would empower them to be faithful.

Acts 7:55 – 8:3

Taught Sunday morning, May 1, 2022 by Brad D Harris

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Faithful Witness



Stephen was full of faith and the Holy Spirit when he was chosen to help with the church’s ministry to the widows. But his testimony for Jesus angered the Jewish authorities who decided to try him for blasphemy. But it was them who was proven guilty of blasphemy against God and His Holy presence as murderers of God’s Messiah. Their outrage leads to the martyrdom of this faithful witness, but not before his testimony sets in motion the first great persecution of the church and sets a persecutor on the road to an unexpected end.

Acts 7

Taught Sunday morning, April 24, 2022 by Brad D Harris

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Pentecost Communion



Jesus promised that His people would be empowered to be His witnesses in word and action.  The Holy Spirit began to answer that promise on the Day of Pentecost, fifty days after the Resurrection.  Peter uses the occasion to proclaim Christ, crucified and risen, and forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus’s name.  That reconciliation brings about fellowship both between God and humanity and among people.

Acts 2

Taught Sunday morning, April 10, 2022 by Brad D Harris

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Mission of God



Jesus accomplished His mission objectives of making disciples, defeating the enemies of sin, devil, and death, as well as preparing His followers to continue to kingdom work. They were to not worry about times and events, but to testify of the risen King and make disciples, starting in Jerusalem and expanding from there. The Book of Acts is about the Holy Spirit empowering them to expand His kingdom. Let’s go!

Acts 1:1-14

Taught Sunday morning, March 20, 2022 by Brad D Harris

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