Sunday Morning Services

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September 8 - "Praying for Boldness" - Acts 4:23 - 31.  Key Verse:  After they prayed, the  place where they were meeting was shaken.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. - Acts 4:21.  Central Thought:  The church had a radical transforming influence as it spread over the Roman Empire and beyond.  Boldness was a critical factor in that success.  Holy Spirit - enabled boldness counteracts fear.
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September 13 - "Sharing with Sincerity" - Acts 4:34 - 37, 5: 1 - 10.  Key Verse:  There were no needy persons among them.  For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, (and) brought the money from the sales.  -  Acts 4:34.  Central Thought:  When we hear that word stewardship, we naturally may think of how we manage our finances, give back to God, etc.  But biblical stewardship involves something much more foundational:  the giving of our hearts to him.
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September 20 - "Speaking up for God" - Acts 5: 27 - 29, 33 - 42.  Key Verse:  Peter and the other apostles replied:  "We must obey God rather than human beings!" - Acts 5: 29.  Central Thought:  Wherever there is any situation that falls short of what God intends for humanity, Christians must speak up.
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September 27 - "Standing Firm Against Opposition" - Acts 7 - 2, 8 - 10, 17, 33, 34, 45 - 47, 52. 53.  Key Verse:  Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.  What kind of house will you build for me?  says the Lord.  Or where will my resting place be? - Acts 7: 49.  Central Thought:  Always remember who you are!  As Christians we face the daily challenges and temptations of life.  We pledge our lives to the Son of God who leads us in our exodus from sin-slavery.  Stand firm!
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October 4 - "Simon is Rebuked" - Acts 8: 9 - 24.  Key Verse:  Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. - Acts 8: 22.  Central Thought:  Simon the sorcerer sought to use God to serve his own purposes.  Simon Peter did the exact opposite.  He was instrumental in helping birth the church and protect her purity.  Never seek personal glory when working for the kingdom.
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October 11 - "Saul Begins to Preach" - Acts 9: 19b - 31.  Key Verse:  At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. - Acts 9:20.  Central Thought:  God changes people.  Lord, help us change what we need to change about ourselves and recognize changes You have worked in others.  Amen.
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October 18 - "Peter Preaches to Gentiles" - Acts 10: 24 - 38.  Key Verse:  Then Peter began to speak:  "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right." - Acts 10:34, 35.  Central Thought:  Crossing long-established barriers requires courage.  A courageous spirit of openness to God's leading impelled the first-century church to do what was needed to extend its mission.  Is that spirit ours as well?
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October 25 - "Peter Defends His Actions" - Acts 11: 1 - 18a.  Key Verse:  "So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God's way?" - Act 11: 17.  Central Thought:  As Christians wee need to keep our minds open to the truth and to God's leading.  ever put your personal preferences and biases before the will of God.
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November 1 - "God Rescues Peter" - Acts 12; 1 - 11.  Key Verse:  So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him - Acts 12: 5.  Central Thought:  God hears and answers prayers.  God has the power to release us from all kinds of bondages.
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November 8 - "Saved by Grace" - Acts 15: 1 - 12.  Key Verse:  God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.  He did not discriminate between us and then, for he purified their hearts by faith. - Acts 15: 8, 9.  Central Thought:  True cleansing is not by ritual, but internally, in the heart.  For both we and Gentile, this can be done only by God as a result of faith.
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November 15 - "From Derbe to Philippi" - Acts 16; 1 - 5, 8 - 15.  Key Verse:  After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. - Acts 16: 10.  Central Thought: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"  (Matthew 28: 19).  Be bold in your faith and generous in your support of reaching the world's unreached.
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November 22 - "Thessalonica, Berea, and Athens" - Acts: 17: 1 - 4, 10 - 12, 22 - 25, 28.  Key Verse:  As I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.  So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship - and this is what I am going to proclaim to you . - Acts 17: 23.  Central Thought:  Search the Scriptures diligently.  God's truth resides in the Scriptures; we can search them ourselves to learn things of utmost, eternal importance.
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November 29 - "Teaching God's Word" - Acts 18: 1 - 11, 18 -21a.  Key Verse:  One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision.  "Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.  For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city." - Acts 18: 9, 10.  Central Thought:  "Become all things to al people so that by all possible means (you) might save some" (1 Corinthians 9: 22).  Be adaptable for the growth of the gospel.
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