We all identify with communities in some ways. Even the most isolated individuals acknowledge some basic common ground with other people groups. From sports teams to political parties to hometowns, communities unite us around common ideas. But when we run into differences, we forget all about that unity. The Bible shows us something else, though. God creates a community that can unite people beyond any other divisions. In this message, we’ll explore how God calls His people to a new community where He leads us to love others, even when we’re different.
Read Acts 2:37-39. What does it mean to repent? Have you repented? What would it look like in your life if you did repent?
Read Acts 2:41. What role should baptism play in your life? Have you been baptized as a believer in Jesus? Why or why not?
Read Acts 2:42. How do your life priorities match up with these areas of devotion?
Read Acts 2:43. Have you ever experienced the same kind of awe described here? Why or why not?
Read Acts 2:46-47. How should the church look to bring about this kind of community?
A New Covenant
God reminds us in the Bible that He gave an Old Covenant and a New Covenant. Confuse the two and you’re in for a confusing and inconsistent attempt at living for Jesus. It’s not an exaggeration to suggest that the church across the world is mired in legalistic...
When we find ourselves moving in a certain direction and focused on our goals, it can be jarring to feel like God suddenly is taking us in a new direction. It's hard to consider that what we are currently building is no longer necessary or worse, futile all along. We...
A New Heaven and A New Earth
God makes all things new. He is about taking the brokenness brought on by sin and offering a new reality. God’s plans for a believer’s eternity are staggering in immensity and joy. We will exist forever on a new earth—a reality more alive than our present existence....
Habits can have a profound impact on our lives in both good and bad ways. And often, we’re unaware of how much we do in our lives simply by force of habit. We’ll discuss how modern behavioral science is catching up to what the church has known for thousands of years...
A New Song
Songs are powerful things. The combine melody and harmony. They express both truth and emotion. They can fill us with joy and hope or with lament and sorrow. Through the beauty of song we worship, we celebrate, and we mourn. In the Psalms, the worship songs of the...