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Spirit (Acts 2:14-21)

‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17)It is of note that the first sermon preached in the “church era” began with a reference to the past. When Peter stood to explain to the gathered crowd what they were seeing, he quoted the words of the prophet Joel in the Old Testament.He did this because he wanted his listeners to understa...

January 11, 2024

Amazed (Acts 2:1-13)

They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other.  But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!”. (Acts 2:12-13) The desire on the part of leaders to run services, programmes and events that people refer to as “amazing”, is understandable. After all, we serve an amazing God, so naturally we want our efforts to reflect that reality and evoke amazement among those who attend. Surely, it’s not wrong to...

November 28, 2023

Appoint (Acts 1:15-26)

So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias… Then they cast lots, and Matthias was selected to become an apostle with the other eleven. (Acts 1:23,26) It is undoubtedly true, that it is easier to appoint someone to a leadership position than it is to move them out of it! Divisive leaders can harm the team while ineffective leaders can do harm to those who are being led. Equally, a leader without the necessary gifting and passion, can not only wea...

November 1, 2023

Accord (Acts 1:9-14)

These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. (Acts 1:14) While it was significant that Jesus’ disciples obediently waited in Jerusalem as He had instructed them, it is even more significant to note the manner in which they waited. Here we read that they waited “with one accord”.Jesus' great hope for the church – the number one item on His list of prayers to the Father was, “that they m...

October 25, 2023

Wait (Acts 1:1-8)

He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father. (Acts 1:4)I remember the first time I ever saw a microwave oven.It was astounding to my young mind that you could put cold food inside a cold metal box, press a button and voila! In no time at all, the food was hot!Looking back, it was, to me at least, a pivotal moment – a switch from a delayed, to an instant world. From slow to fast. From later to now. From “eventually” to “immediately”.Of cours...

October 11, 2023

Ministry and the Book of Acts

Ever wondered about the purpose of the Book of Acts?Its full title is, “The Acts of the Apostles” which is accurate, at least at one level. As we begin to read Acts chapter 1, page after page describe the things those early apostles did and what they experienced. It makes a great story as the narrative quickly progresses from miracle to persecution to salvation and back to miracles.But while it is a book outlining the Acts of the Apostles, at another level, it is not really about them at all...

September 27, 2023

Ministering Life through the Spirit

God has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life (2 Corinthians 3:6)A great danger we face in youth ministry is presenting the gospel as an exercise in sin management and elimination. The tendency is to want to tell people in our preaching and our pastoral care to “try harder”.The results of such efforts often lead to a twofold outcome.Th...

September 12, 2023

Youth Ministry in Spirit and in Truth

But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. (John 4:23)When Jesus spoke these words to a woman at a well in Samaria, He was answering a not-uncommon question that stood at the heart of an argument between Jews and Samaritans. According to Jews, the earthly centre of worship was in Jerusalem, while Samaritans held it to be on Mount Gerizim.Meeting a man who see...

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