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To Jerusalem

Every Christian today ought to acknowledge and appreciate the Jewish roots of our faith. Our Saviour, Scriptures and early beginning are all Jewish. Today Dr. John speaks of Paul’s intent to return to Jerusalem with financial help for Jewish Christians suffering in famine. He carried the sacrifice and good will of Gentile Christians to Jews in Jerusalem. This example of respect and support between Jews and Gentiles ought to inform us in our day.

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Riot!

We have all seen riots through media, or perhaps even in person. It is frightening because a riot is all passion with no room for reason. Riots give vent to anger and violence without regard for consequence. Dr. John looks at the riot in Ephesus and offers a Christian response to the enflamed actions of an unruly mob. Dr. John highlights the role of the courts and the need to pray for authorities in our land.

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Jesus and Economics

Faith and finances have a troubled relationship in our society. Faith can be used as a platform for personal gain. So, some conclude that money and Christianity should be kept as far apart as possible – but it is not possible. Money is a reality of life. In today’s message, Dr. John points to the Biblical pattern. Faith is a platform for help and healing to the hurts of this world, through the resources He grants us. Faith leads to generous hearts and grants us opportunity to serve His purposes.

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Thoroughly Christian

It is human to attempt a reshaping of God in our own fashion. So the God we begin to worship is false, a deity of our own making. The Bible calls this idolatry. Dr. John preaches of Paul’s ministry in Ephesus and the clash of light with darkness. It was when the believers repented of their idolatry practices that the Word of the Lord increased mightily. Turning from what is not God opens the way to the God who is true.

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The Full Gospel in Ephesus

Partial information can be as detrimental as no information at all. Reading only some of the prescription instructions doesn’t lead to health. Knowing a few rules of the road creates a dangerous driver. Today Dr. John teaches from Acts 19 of the twelve who have partial information about Jesus. The truth they were missing was the truth that saves. Even today, many know something about Jesus, but do not know Jesus.

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Accuracy

There is so much to learn in life, no one can claim to master it all! Still, ignorance is not our problem. We can always learn. But a false sense of mastery will always get us into trouble. The one who thinks they know it all cannot learn. In today’s sermon, Dr. John points us to Apollos as a brilliant man who was willing to be instructed. Dr. John reminds us of the need for accurary in things that matter most and of the humility it takes to learn.

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Trust and Obey

We get into our car, decide where to go and set the GPS. We trust its directional commands to get us to our destination. Dr. John teaches that throughout Paul’s second missionary journey, the apostle trusted the guidance of God’s Spirit. Paul didn’t choose his own destinations for the gospel. He was steered by the Spirit. Personal initiative and the wisdom of his plans were surrendered to the leading of God. Listen to today’s message to hear how obedience unfolds.

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The Gospel Comes to Sin City

Port cities have a reputation. They are exposed to the varieties of trade, new ideas and surging population. Corinth was a boom town that exhibited the traits of immorality. Can the gospel stand up to the extremes of human fault and error? Dr. John teaches on Paul’s gospel work in this fallen city. We will see that rather than skipping this “hopeless,” place, God tells Paul to stay. God has many people to reach there. Where sin abounds, grace abounds more in Jesus Christ.

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If God Is in It

Steve Biggerstaff, the COO of Back to the Bible Canada, just sent me a note. Back to the Bible Canada will be on the air in Jamaica starting this month. That is the third country to be recently added. In the spring, we went on air in the African nation of Liberia and on air in the UK in October.

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The One True God

Paul began his sermon on Mars Hill by recognizing that we are all seekers of God. While Paul was grieved at the worship of idols, he spoke to the root of man’s heart – looking for God. Today Dr. John points to the best part of Paul’s sermon. There is good news! God is not far. He has providentially established conditions of earth, that He may be found. Paul’s sermon gives hope to every seeker. God wants to be found and has reached to us in Jesus Christ.

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