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Classes for all ages………………..9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship………..………..10:45 a.m.
Open Bible Study, Sundays…………………….5:00 p.m.
Ladies’ Tuesdays……………………………..9:00 a.m.
Men’s: Fridays………………………..6:45 a.m.
Sometimes times and locations change.
April 17, 2016 – Cornelius (Acts 10:1-11:18) – God brought together two unlikely individuals: The Jew, Peter and the Gentile Centurian of the Italian Regiment, Cornelius. Tightly synchronized visions and travel plans came together at the end of Peter’s vision and a knock at the door. Beyond Peter’s deduction that God no longer identified people as impure or unclean (Acts 10:28) his impromptu gospel sermon relied heavily upon the Jewish nature of the Messiah’s mission and ministry in Israel. The sudden imparting of the Holy Spirit while Peter was speaking was a shocking surprise, especially to those ‘circumcised believers’ (Acts 10:45). Indeed, when Peter returns to Jerusalem to explain the events of Caesarea his harshest critics are the ‘circumcised believers’ (Acts 11:2). The story of Cornelius tells us that we serve a God who is not limited by our expectations and provincial visions; “…who was I,” Peter said, “to think that I could stand in God’s way?” (Acts 11:17).
February 21, 2016 – Jesus predicted that the good news would go forth from Jerusalem to Samaria, to Judea and to the rest of the world (Acts 1:8). It would take the violent death of Stephen and the persecution of Christians in Jerusalem to make it happen (Acts 8:1, 3). Philip was one of the first to evangelize in Samaria and he baptized many. After the apostles came to witness this venture into new horizons the Holy Spirit validated God’s blessing upon the Samaritans through the laying on of the apostle’s hands. Peter’s encounter with Simon, however challenges us as we test our own reasons to follow Christ.
January 31, 2016 – In Acts 7 Stephen is defending himself by addressing the four accusations that were falsely put against him. He is meeting before the 70 members of the Sanhedrin, made up of religious rulers and scholars. Stephen is making the point that in spite of the wonderful things God did to reach out to His people they still rejected Him and sought their own way. Yet, God continued to show mercy. Why? Because He saw the cross on time’s horizon. Just as God showed mercy to man in anticipation of the cross, so also God shows mercy to us because of what He did for us at the cross.