Seeing the Spirit at Work: The Acts of the Apostles
Teachers: Scott Long, Collis Jackson, Rob Fulwood
Location: Room 112
Length: October 2019 – April 2020
Time: 9:15-10:10 a.m.
The book of Acts (Acts) is unique among the New Testament (NT) writings, in that its main purpose is to record the selective history of the early church following the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The theme of Acts may be best summarized by Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” So, in Acts, believers are empowered by the Holy Spirit to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ and in doing this to establish the church.
Acts provides a bridge for the writings of the NT. As a second volume to Luke’s Gospel, it joins what Jesus “began to do and teach” (Acts 1:1) as told in the Gospels with what Jesus continued to do and teach through the apostles’ preaching and the establishment of the church. Besides linking the Gospel narratives on the one hand and the apostolic letters on the other, Acts supplies an account of the life of Paul from which we can learn the setting for his letters. Geographically, its story spans the lands between Jerusalem, where the church began, and Rome, the political center of the empire. Historically, it recounts the first 30 years of the church.
Come join us as we study and understand the principles that ought to govern the church of any age through the exploration of the historical foundation of the church, Christian defense of the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles, and the triumph of Christianity in the face of bitter persecution.
Christian Counter-Culture: Sermon on the Mount
Teachers: Matt Swecker, Drew Watkins, Robert Coats, Nathaniel Cooley
Location: Room 115
Length: January-April 2020
Time: 9:15-10:10 a.m.
In Jeremiah 2:13, God says, “My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Then in Jeremiah 2:19, God says, “Your evil will chastise you, and your apostasy will reprove you. Know and see that it is evil and bitter for you to forsake the LORD your God; the fear of Me is not in you …”
The book of Jeremiah exhibits many great themes that stress God’s judgment on covenant infidelity and worldwide sin, as well as God’s determination to restore an international people for Himself through the establishing of a new covenant. Here we encounter the prophet who, from his youth to old age, delivered the word of God to the people of Israel at the most terrifying time in all their troubled history. More than that we encounter the God of Jeremiah – an encounter that should be both profoundly disturbing and ultimately reassuring, as it was for him. If Jeremiah’s message was true in his day, and if the book is still true today, in both cases it is because of the God who called the man to speak and commanded the book to be written.
In the end, Jeremiah is a book of victory of God’s love and grace. His redemptive, reconstructive work comprises the book’s portrait of the future – a future that we see fulfilled in the New Testament through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. Ultimately, we see it in God’s dwelling with His redeemed people in the new creation.