Pastor Lionel Young | Acts 27-28 | Eucatastrophe!
We wrap up The Way series with Paul arriving in Rome after a long journey and catastrophe. And yet, as God has been doing all along, he makes something good out of calamity—a happy circumstance that J. R. R. Tolkien called “eucatastrophe.”
Pastor Lionel Young | Acts 25-26 | Staying on Message
After years of imprisonment and continued political intrigue, the apostle Paul remains a stalwart minister of the gospel. Standing before the Jewish king and aware of the possible political maneuvering going on behind the scenes, he does what Paul does best—shares the good news of Jesus Christ. Paul the pastor tries to convert the king of the Jews. No matter what’s going on, Paul stays on message: Jesus is the Savior and everyone needs to know it.
Pastor Lionel Young | Acts 24 | Keeping a Clear Conscience
Pastor Lionel Young returns to Acts 24 and some of the apostle Paul’s most timeless words in verses 15 and 16. This exposition connects the future with the present and considers how what we do today affects us into eternity. The judgment to come isn’t cause for anxiety; it’s motivation to live with all our might today.
Pastor Lionel Young | Acts 24 | I Believe
The apostle Paul gives an early version of the Apostles’ Creed in Acts 24, even using the words “I confess” and “I believe” in this passage. As Paul defends himself, he lays out key beliefs that modern Christians hold as just as strongly today.
Pastor Mark Lackey | Acts 23 | The God Who Stands with Us
Pastor Mark Lackey retells the story of Paul in Roman custody and standing before the Jewish Sanhedrin while explaining context and drawing out some key teaching moments in Paul’s experience. In this frightening and frustrating couple of days, Paul is exactly as Jesus told all of his followers to be: “as shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16).
Pastor Lionel Young | Acts 22:1-21 | The God Who Opens Eyes
Every chapter of Acts is a picture of Christianity in action. This book is packed with stories of the daily life of real followers of The Way coming to grips with the fact that being a Christ-followers means navigating a tricky path between culture and Scripture and sometimes there is no way to meet the expectations of both.
Pastor Lionel Young | Acts 21:1-16 | On the Go
No one said life is easy. Sometimes it is even God’s will for us to experience adversity for His name. In a sermon that covers some of the heart-wrenching events of Acts 21, Pastor Lionel Young celebrates the diversity of the church and then considers the challenging reality that sometimes it really is part of God’s plan to us to suffer discomfort or hardship.
Pastor Josh Reasoner | Acts 20 | Life Together
The apostle Paul’s adventures with local churches highlight the importance of having a supportive and encouraging community around you. Pastor Josh Reasoner devotes this sermon to talking about how the Holy Spirit creates in God’s people the willingness to be vulnerable and honest with one another.
Pastor Lionel Young | Acts 19:1-41 | The Power of the Holy Spirit (Part 2)
Dig beneath the details of Acts 19—the healings and the scroll-burning, the beatings and the riot, and the whole chapter is a celebration of Jesus Christ and the gospel. His power to save and to change people’s lives forever is on display all through Paul’s time in the city of Ephesus.
Pastor Lionel Young | Acts 19:1-20 | The Power of the Holy Spirit
After a detour into Galatians, Pastor Lionel returns to Acts and the sermon series, The Way. In this first sermon from season 2 of The Way, we encounter people speaking in tongues, a division between Jews and Gentiles, handkerchief healings, exorcism, and a book burning. As season-openers go, it’s a doozy. The understated star in this sermon is the Holy Spirit. What he can do in God’s people and through God’s people sparked a movement that’s still going strong 2000 year later.