What Should We Be Like? | Emma Ineson

This passage is a snapshot of what God was doing in a time and an age 2000-ish years ago and 2250 miles away from B&A. It's a time and context very different to ours, but people are still people, God is still God and the good news of Jesus is still good news, so what can we learn from them?

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Emma Ineson
Good News You Can Understand | James Stevenson

Sometimes even good news get's lost in translation because it doesn't seem relevant to the hearer or they can't understand the message. The new movement of 'Little Christs' that we read about in Acts had a message that is Good News everyone can understand if they hear and listen.

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James Stevenson
Holy? | Adam Smith (The Seven)

What kind of vow makes Paul cut all his hair off? Paul set himself aside, dedicating himself to God. Often we forget to set ourselves aside each day; when someone becomes a Christian, they make a vow of sorts – to be set aside to Jesus. Do we need to reconsecrate ourselves?

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Adam Smith
The Love of God Compels | James Stevenson

All through the Bible when Paul is mentioned we see him doing 3 things: announcing the Good News of Jesus, showing people a new way to live, and building new communities of faith. These actions look a lot like Jesus, but Paul is not trying to mimic Jesus, he's allowing Jesus to compel him.

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James Stevenson
What Provokes Your Spirit? | Adam Smith

As Paul waits in Athens for the rest of his team to join him, his spirit is provoked by the way the city works. Paul sees the Athenians searching for God in all sorts of places without success and does the only thing he can to improve the situation: he brings Jesus.

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Adam Smith
Changed Lives Change Lives | Wayne Massey

The character of Barnabas in the book of Acts is one we can learn from! About halfway through the book, we stop hearing about him as much, but here are three lessons we can learn from Barnabas: sell your field, find an enemy, and give a second chance.

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Wayne Massey
Holding On, Letting Go | Sonia Home

Jesus being for everyone, Jew and Gentile was a real challenge for the early Church, in Acts 15 they react by asking themselves: what of our old tradition really is important and relevant for the Church going forward? In our lives, what things might we need to let go of or take hold of?

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The Fire of Jesus | James Stevenson

All through Acts we see the results of the fire of the Holy Spirit as the Church spread the message of Jesus. At the end of Acts 14, we see the fire of the Holy Spirit catching in a way that will spread across Asia Minor into Europe...

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James Stevenson
Birthing God's Rescue Plan | James Stevenson

We are playing our part in the great, unfinished story of the book of Acts. As we play our part in God's rescue plan in 2018, we can learn from the story so far. This week we learn what happens when God births a new phase of his rescue plan? What are the signs we can look for and how do we join in?

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James Stevenson
Acts Season 2 | Fiona Dorman

Acts Season 1 is over, bring on Season 2! In chapter 13 of Acts we experience a change in the focus of the story. It moves from Peter and the mission to spread the message of Jesus to the Jews, and builds on God’s invitation to all people in Paul’s mission to the gentiles, but the drama isn’t over…

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Fiona Dorman
Are You With Me? | Charles Auld

The message of the Gospel, that Jesus died for your sin, is for everybody – it’s a message we cannot stop, even though some try. A great place to start partnering with the Gospel is to pray for the salvation of all and as we pray, Jesus asks us the question, “are you with me?”

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Charles Auld
The Adventure Begins… | Adam Smith

Often I mistake the Bible as boring or run-of-the-mill and forget the blockbuster nature of the stories in there. As we follow the beginning of Saul’s (later called St Paul) great adventure with Jesus, what are the hallmarks of his movie-like training montage and where might they be in our lives?

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Adam Smith