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Scattered Like Seed

 “Dispersion,” scattering, is a bittersweet theme. On the one hand, the Creator authorized his animate creatures and humanity, their rulers, to “fill the earth”—very good. 

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Church Growth Is Word Growth

The Lord gives to his church “mercy servants,” whose deeds of compassion complement the gospel witness of his “Word servants.”

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Spirit-filled Servants

The seven servants were qualified to care for widows’ material needs because Christ’s church discerned that they were “full of the Spirit and wisdom.”  

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Differentiating “Diakoniai”

The apostles’ response to the need of Greek-speaking widows in the Jerusalem church shows two truths that define how ministry must be done in Christ’s church.

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Diversity and Division

Resident Faculty, Dennis E. Johnson   |   September 20,2016   |   New Testament, Acts   |  Type: Morning Devotions Series, Acts 6:1-7

Not only does the Lord love to lavish his grace to multitudes of people, to see them multiply to become a countless choir to sing his praise (as we saw in the first meditation on Acts 6:1-7); but he also delights in diversity—different kinds of people, speaking different languages and practicing different customs. 

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Beware of the Big Bad Wolf

Guests, Chad Brewer   |   September 13,2016   |   New Testament, Acts   |  Type: Morning Devotions Series

As the gospel and God's great name was advancing to the Samaritans in Acts 8, Simon the Great was trying to advance his own name. 

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Multiplication

The Jerusalem church’s appointment of seven servants to care for widows is a pivotal event in the spread of Christ’s gospel after the Holy Spirit’s descent at Pentecost.

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Acts 2 - Part 3

Resident Faculty, Dennis E. Johnson   |   April 9,2013   |   New Testament, Acts   |  Type: Morning Devotions Series

Pierced hearts, paradoxical grace, and persuasive pressure are three things that were present at Pentecost and should be present wherever the Word is preached.

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Acts 2 - Part 2

Resident Faculty, Dennis E. Johnson   |   March 19,2013   |   New Testament, Acts   |  Type: Morning Devotions Series

Peter's sermon on the day of pentecost finds its' source in scripture, its' center in Christ, and its' time in the present.

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Acts 2 - Part 1

Resident Faculty, Dennis E. Johnson   |   February 19,2013   |   New Testament, Acts   |  Type: Morning Devotions Series

An analysis of the signs and wonders that accompanied the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

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Acts 20:17-38

Adjunct Faculty, James M. Renihan   |   November 6,2012   |   New Testament, Acts   |  Type: Morning Devotions Series

What it means to proclaim the whole counsel of God in light of the Apostle Paul's farewell speech to the Ephesian church in Acts 20.

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Acts 1:15-26

The beginning of Acts reveals the care the Lord Jesus took in preparing the foundation of his church.

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Acts 1:12-14

A brief overview of the centrality of prayer in Luke-Acts.

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Acts 1:10-11

After Jesus ascends into heaven the disciples are to look ahead to the next promise of God in the Father's gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Acts 1:9-11

Resident Faculty, Dennis E. Johnson   |   February 14,2012   |   New Testament, Acts   |  Type: Morning Devotions Series, Acts 1

The ascension scene painted by Luke illustrates Jesus' universal authority over the nations and his priestly access to the Father.

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