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Christ is risen. He is risen, indeed. Hallelujah!
This is the proclamation of Easter. But, what does it look like to live in the promise and power of the resurrection? Luke’s Gospel tells the story of what Jesus began. In Acts, Luke tells the story of what Jesus continues to do through the Holy Spirit. Celtic Christians call the Holy Spirit, “The Wild Goose.” Living in the promise of the resurrection is possible because the power of the Wild Goose has been let loose.
April 8: Dynomite
New Testament Reading: Acts 1:1-5
He is risen! He is risen indeed, Hallelujah! The resurrection of Jesus is the most significant event in the history of the world and disciples can’t wait to share the Good News. Then Jesus says something shocking – Wait! Wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit because Jesus would rather you do nothing than something without the Holy Spirit.
April 15: You Will Be My Witnesses
New Testament Reading: Acts 1: 6-11
When Jesus says, “You will be my witnesses to the end of the earth,” His disciples must have been surprised by this promise. Only a month earlier, Jesus had been crucified and all His disciples abandoned Him. How will this be accomplished with this band of misfits called the disciples? The answer comes at Pentecost when the Wild Goose is let loose
April 22: Lord Show Which One You Have Chosen
New Testament Reading: Acts 1:12-26
Today, Prince of Peace will call an Associate Pastor. Many people have put a great deal of time and effort into making this day possible. We often think it is by our intellect and strength that an Associate Pastor is selected, but we never show the Lord whom we have selected. Instead, we pray with the disciples, “Lord, show us whom you have chosen.”
April 29: The Coming of the Holy Spirit
New Testament Reading: Acts 2:1-21
Easter morning changed everything, but Pentecost empowered and applied the change to ordinary people.
May 6: They Devoted Themselves
New Testament Reading: Acts 2:42-47
On Confirmation Sunday, we confirm our devotion to the Word, the fellowship of the Church and prayer.
May 13: Healing
New Testament Reading: Acts 3:1-19
Silver and gold does no good. Human power and piety is helpless. Only the power of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus has the power to heal and forgive sins – even the sin of “killing the Author of Life.
May 20: Pentecost 2.0
New Testament Reading: Acts 10:34-48
Focus: We often think that Pentecost is a one-time event. According to Acts, Pentecost happens again and again. Could it be that Pentecost is still happening today?
May 27: They Had Everything in Common
New Testament Reading: Acts 4:23-37
At Pentecost, there were Parthians, Medes, Elamites and many others who had nothing in common. So, what does it mean to have everything in common?
June 3: An Uncommon Spirit Works Through Common People
New Testament Reading: Acts 4:1-21
The mission strategy of Jesus is shocking. Proclaim the Gospel to the world through uneducated, untrained, ordinary people. And by the way, these are the same people who abandoned and denied Jesus. Could it be that Jesus could use an ordinary person like me to make a difference in the world?
June 10: Unstoppable
New Testament Reading: Acts 5:12-42
If it is of God, it is unstoppable.
June 17: Serving in the Spirit
New Testament Reading: Acts 6:1-15
If the story ended in Acts 5, we might conclude that service in the Church is done only by the apostles or the well-trained and spiritually elite. The rest of Acts reveals the witnesses of Jesus will be ordinary people and even opponents of the Gospel. Trhough them, including people like you and me, the Good News of Jesus will be proclaimed to the ends of the earth.
June 24: Resisting the Holy Spirit
New Testament Reading: Acts 7:51-8:1a
What does it mean to resist the Holy Spirit?
July 1: The Spirit is Loosed Through Persecution
New Testament Reading: Acts 8:1-3; 26-39
All churches want to expand ministry to reach more people. So, we come up with plans and strategies to accomplish the mission. What if one of God’s main strategies was and IS persecution and suffering? How about that for a Church mission statement?
July 8: An Opponent Becomes a Proponent
New Testament Reading: Acts 9:1-19a
The Grace of God in Jesus comes to Paul.
July 15: This is Church Growth
New Testament Reading: Acts 9:19b-31
How does the Church grow? Great music? Vibrant youth programs? Modern facilities? Engaging and funny pastors? According to Acts, the secret to Church growth is, “Walking in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit.”
July 22: Church Division
New Testament Reading: Acts 15:1-32
Martin Luther once said, “Where the Lord builds a Church, the Devil builds a chapel.” It is, therefore, no surprise that Satan infiltrates the Church to bring division and confuse the message of Jesus and His Grace for all people.
July 29: Jailhouse Rock
New Testament Reading: Acts 16:13-34
Acts 16 helps us to redefine sacred and secular space. Even a jail, the most secular and sad place can become sacred.
August 5: Starting Where People Are
New Testament Reading: Acts 17:16-34
The Word of God alone, by the power of the Holy Spirit alone, can alone accomplish the mission of God.
August 12: The Word of the Lord Continued to Increase
New Testament Reading: Acts 19:1-20
Much like the believers in Ephesus, many Christians have not heard of or understand the work of the Holy Spirit.
August 19: And They Were Driven Along
New Testament Reading: Acts 27: 1; 9-17; 21-26; 28:1-2; 7-10
The Apostle Paul believed the Spirit was calling him to proclaim Jesus in Rome. Paul would eventually end up in Rome. But little did he know, he would get there as a prisoner on a ship.
August 26: Jesus Continued with Boldness and Without Hindrance
New Testament Reading: Acts 28:17-31
By Acts 28, the Church and every Christian should be dead and the mission of Christ, lost. But the Wild Goose cannot be stopped, even today.
September 2: TBD
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