Finding Favor

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During our Going Viral series, we have looked at the many things that the early church did to help spread the word about Jesus throughout the known world in a viral manner. We have seen that the message was propelled by the power of the Holy Spirit. That they went boldly with the message. That they shared the love of Jesus publicly. That they refused to obey orders not to talk about Jesus. We saw that God even used unbelievers to spread the news about Jesus.
We saw that sometimes sharing the news was dangerous, but that they were faithful to tell it regardless. We saw how the church being scattered actually helped spread the message even faster. We saw how God transformed the life of Saul. We saw how the early church dealt with racism and discovered that God’s salvation was meant for all people. We saw how prayer empowered the believers: breaking chains, opening prison cells, and releasing people from possession.
We saw that the church was mission m…

Facing Your Fears

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Most people are afraid of something. There are so many fears that we have given them clinical names. Arachnophobia: the fear of spiders. Claustrophobia: fear of small spaces. Acrophobia: fear of heights. Agoraphobia: fear of places that might cause you to be afraid. I think scientists even like to poke fun at the irrational fears, otherwise they would not have named the fear of long words as: HippopotomonstrosesquiPedaliophobia.
As we continue our series, Going Viral, we will see that one of the reasons that the Gospel message spread so fast was that the followers of the Way faced their fears.
10 While we were staying there many days [in Tyre], a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 He came to us, took Paul’s belt, tied his own feet and hands, and said, “This is what the Holy Spirit says: ‘In this way the Jews in Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into Gentile hands.’” 12 When we hea…