Audio Now Available for April 7th, 2013 - Acts 8:1-25 "Scattering, Sowing, Reaping: the Kingdom Bursts out of Jerusalem"
We pay attention today to the historically significant event that is the first geographic expansion of the Christian church from the Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria. This is the beginning of a Journey of which we are still a part as the Good News of Jesus spreads around the world. In this story we are introduced to 3 characters each of whom has a different heart attitude toward God: Saul - his heart is directly opposed to the idea the Jesus is the Messiah - Savior (this will be radically changed in Acts 9!); Philip - we know from ch. 6 that he is known to be full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom and we see much evidence of it in our story; Simon the sorcerer - he believes and is baptized but still needs to be challenged about the condition of his heart! From this story we take the challenge to evaluate our own heart to be sure that it is pure before God! We also celebrate the reality of the message of Jesus beginning its outward journey to reach all languages, peoples and nations!
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