The Birth of the Church: A New Age Begins
A Sunday Sermon Series in the book of Acts (April-November 2020)
by Nathan Parker, Senior Pastor
May Sermon Series: “One Spirit, One Body: The Unity and Power that the Spirit Brings”
May 3 Repent and Be Baptized (Acts 2:14-40)
May 10 All Who Believed were Together (Acts 2:41-47)
May 17 By Faith in His Name (Acts 3:1-26)
May 24 No Other Name Under Heaven (Acts 4:1-22)
May 31 Great Grace was Upon Them All (Acts 4:32-37)
I find it absolutely amazing how the Lord works … I had planned out these sermon series months ago, long before terms like “social distancing” became part of our vernacular. I shook my head as I re-read the title of our lesson for May 10 - “All Who Believed Were Together,” taken from Acts 2:44.
That passage celebrates the close physical proximity of the believers in the early church. It mentions three times how they were eating together as they spent time in each other’s homes. Just reading that now makes my heart ache! How we long to reconnect with one another! The Zoom calls have been helpful sure, but we were made for face-to-face interaction, not pixel-to-pixel. But I am learning to lean in to what God is doing and teaching us during this time.
Throughout the month of May, our study in the book of Acts will cover topics such as unity, healing, community, and generosity. How timely these subjects have become! I’m finding entirely new significance in each of these passages as our world endures the crisis of a global pandemic. My prayer is that we will all discover the timeless relevancy of God’s Word in a whole new way, and then to apply it in each of our own lives.
Grace and peace,