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One of the major problems in our culture is that we often think that what we need is some new knowledge, some piece of information we don’t yet have. What we’re going to see throughout ACTS is that what we need most is not some new secret knowledge to breathe life into something ancient, but something ancient and transcendent to inform how we navigate the new challenges we face. There are roughly 44 stories that make up the book of Acts and we’re going to preach one story on Sunday and then Sunday afternoon we’re releasing a video for the following story. We’re doing this as a way to encourage the entire church body to open your Bibles and get into the scriptures to glean a deeper understanding of what God might want to do with us as we receive power to be His witnesses in Middle Tennessee, the Southeastern US, and to the ends of the earth.

ACTS // Story 8

Pastor Rob Rogers | October 17, 2021

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Pastor Rob and Pastor Jimmy discuss the eighth story in Acts (Acts 6:1-15).

ACTS // Story 7 (The Fear of the Lord)

Pastor Dave Buehring | October 17, 2021

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In ACTS // Story 7, Pastor Dave Buehring teaches on the fear of the Lord out of Acts 5:12-42. The fear of the Lord is reverencing and referencing God in all that we do. To reverence Him is to take Him seriously and to hate evil. To reference Him means to seek God in everything. The opposite of the fear of the Lord is the fear of man, which leads to people-pleasing and will hinder our obedience to Jesus.

ACTS // Story 6

Pastor Rob Rogers | October 10, 2021

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Pastor Rob and Pastor Jimmy discuss the sixth story in Acts (Acts 5:1-11).

ACTS // Story 5 (Shaken But Not Forsaken)

Pastor Rob Rogers | October 10, 2021

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Story five in the book of Acts has us in Acts 4:23-31 and Pastor Rob speaks on the prayer Peter, John, and others offer up to God amidst incredible threats made to them by the Sanhedrin. What’s interesting is that in light of these threats, the early church doesn’t pray for anything except boldness! They didn’t ask God to stop the threats, to stop the shaking, or to solve the problems. The lesson for us is to not get caught up in all the cares, fears, worries, and concerns in our circumstances and only ever pray for our bad circumstances to go away (not that this is wrong to ask for). But in our praying for better circumstances, we need to remember that the circumstances we face are not the main problem. The problem is actually how shaken we are by our circumstances. Jesus Christ was shaken so that you could be made unshakable. And because of what Jesus has done, the circumstances that used to shake you don’t have to take you into utter despair, but instead, can bring you closer to the ruler of the eternal unshakeable kingdom that is from everlasting to everlasting.

ACTS // Story 4

Pastor Rob Rogers | October 3, 2021

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Pastor Rob and Pastor Jimmy discuss the fourth story in Acts (Acts 4:1-22).

ACTS // Story 3 (The Final Prophet)

Pastor Rob Rogers | October 3, 2021

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We’re in story three of ACTS and Pastor Rob speaks on Peter’s address in Solomon’s Portico in Acts 3:11-26. Throughout the entirety of Scripture, we’re continually pointed to three specific offices, or functions, that Jesus fulfills and holds: Prophet, Priest, and King. It is the first (Prophet) that Peter hones in on in his message in Acts 3. A prophet is someone who brings the very words of God to the world. They reveal the will and nature of God, not as an interpreter but as a revealer, a proclaimer of something absolute and non-negotiable. We don’t like this in modern western culture because we live in a time where your truth is your truth, and someone else’s truth is theirs, and you’ve got to live your truth. But what scripture, and Peter, is teaching us is that if your “truth” differs from God’s truth, it’s not Truth.

ACTS // Story 2

Pastor Rob Rogers | September 26, 2021

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Pastor Rob and Pastor Jimmy discuss the second story in Acts (Acts 3:1-10).

ACTS // Story 1 (A New Community)

Pastor Rob Rogers | September 26, 2021

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In the first story of our ACTS series, Pastor Rob speaks on the early church and the practices that marked the early believers. We often make the mistake of thinking we can claim to be followers of Jesus without actually following in the ways of Jesus. Those who claim to follow Jesus in Acts 2 were devoted to the scriptures (doctrine), the gathering of themselves with other believers, breaking of bread together (communion, fellowship), and prayer. The outflow of us being committed to the same practices of the early church is a church that is marked by sacrificial generosity and compassion, not only to those in need but even those we would seek to silence us or take our lives.

ACTS // Introduction

Pastor Rob Rogers | September 19, 2021

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Pastor Rob kicks off our new series with an introduction using Acts 1:1-8. One of the major problems in our culture is that we often think that what we need is some new knowledge, some piece of information we don’t yet have. And yet what we need most is not some new secret knowledge to breathe life into something ancient, but something ancient and transcendent to inform how we navigate the new challenges we face as a culture. Our hope as we go throughout the series is that we will all be encouraged to open our Bibles and get into the scriptures to glean a deeper understanding of what God might want to do with us as we receive power to be His witnesses in Middle Tennessee, the Southeastern US, and to the ends of the earth.

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