December 1, 2013
As one of the men the church had appointed to service (6:5) passes off the scene, another steps in to take his place and the work goes on. The plan (1:8) was still in effect.
October 20, 2013
Great men are not those who receive honor by dignitaries or who accomplish historical feats in life. Truly great people are humble servants who do not count their lives dear unto themselves.
October 13, 2013
A church moves forward as each member sees their opportunity to serve Christ and does so with a humble faithfulness. Taking care of the widows was not unimportant, but it could be used by the enemy to pull the apostles away from what they were told to do— “be my witnesses in all Judea and […]
October 6, 2013
After the first sign of persecution, the believers met to pray as one to the one true Ruler (4:24). The thing they prayed for was not God’s vengeance, but for the opportunity to “continue to speak.” God delivers and protects not so that we can go silent, but so that we can proclaim widely (5:30–32).
September 29, 2013
In his final session, Mark Vowels describes where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going in missions.
September 27, 2013
When asked about his kingdom, Jesus responded by promising his disciples that power would come with his Spirit and that they would become witnesses.
September 26, 2013
The harvest is overwhelming and there is a shortage of laborers, but the Master of the harvest is infinitely more interested in his harvest than we could ever be. He commands us to pray that he will “cast out” more laborers into his harvest field.
September 25, 2013
Jesus approached his disciples, some of whom were worshipping while others doubted, and reminded them that all authority had been given to him. Based on that authority, he commanded them to make disciples.