Glorious Mystery – Week 8

The early followers of Jesus Christ will bury their first martyr, Stephen. They are distraught. A death sentence, even though illegitimate, is a real possibility. What will happen to the Church now? The growing congregation of disciples scatters to avoid increasing persecution. As a result, the Gospel begins to spread beyond Jerusalem, just as Jesus…

Glorious Mystery – Week 5

The early church was something no one had ever seen before.  People were responding to one another, but more importantly to the message of hope and the cross.  As their love for God grew, their hearts also grew along with their awareness of the needs of others.  The focus went from their own lives to…

Glorious Mystery – Week 4

“Rescuers and Revolutionaries” In Acts 3 & 4, the Church is more than 3000 strong, with Christ-followers being added daily. Celebrating this new, covenant community, the disciples continue to worship and fellowship in the temple. On the way in, they meet a man begging for scraps. Peter and John deliver far, far more. They deliver…

Glorious Mystery – Week 3

In Acts Chapter 2 a few crazy things happen. Fist, The Holy Spirit cam upon them! This is a HUGE deal as in the past the Holy Spirit had dwelt behind the curtain in the temple (which you may remember was torn from top to bottom when Christ died – Matt 27:51).  A new thing…

Glorious Mystery – Week 2

Lord, is it at this time that You are restoring the kingdom to Israel? (Acts 1:6b, NASB) The Church was a mystery to everyone. Even the disciples wondered what would happen now that Jesus was resurrected and walking among them. His response sets forth the origin of the Church–wait for the Holy Spirit so that you can be…