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"Before the Church Had Buildings"

Fresh Wind and Fresh Fire for a Fresh Start

— Studying the Book of Acts —

This has been a most difficult season for all of us, as well as for the church. Life isn't normal; it might not be for some time. There's a sense in the society, and in churches, that things aren't as they should be. We haven’t even been able to meet together in our building. So how will we deal with the challenges?

The early church, as portrayed in the book of Acts, faced similar, even greater challenges, which brought everyone to their knees. Despite the challenges, the church body was vibrant, powerful, and growing.

Could it be that in these difficult days, God is calling today's church back to the Upper Room? Back to the source of its power? Could it be that God is asking the church to cry out for a fresh start?

As the disciples joined together, praying in the Upper Room and waiting for the Holy Spirit to empower them, God moved powerfully. History demonstrates, again and again, that when God’s people return to the Upper Room, they find renewal and revival.

"Please, Lord. Do that again! Strengthen and empower us, your church! Revive and renew us. As we turn again to you, allow us by your Spirit, to be your witnesses. Give us a fresh start! Amen."

Icon of the 'Book of Acts' movieTo appreciate the importance of Luke's book of Acts, watch and enjoy this movie, starring James Brolin as Simon Peter, Bruce Marchiano as Jesus, Harry O. Arnold as Saul/Paul, and Dean Jones as Luke. . . Journey with the physician Luke as he tells the enthralling story of danger, struggles, and triumph that marks the birth of the Christian church, before it had buildings. Share the time of mystery and wonder that follow the resurrection of Jesus; walk with the risen Lord; watch as He is taken up into heaven; experience the transforming power of Pentecost; and catch the fresh fire as God uses the passion of Peter and John to send the flame of faith, racing throughout Jerusalem and around the world.

“Before the Church Had Buildings”

Studying the Book of Acts

    †  Sunday, September 6:
        “Waiting, Watching, Witnessing” (Acts 1:1–11)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, September 13:
        “The Upper Room” (Acts 1:12–14)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, September 20:
        “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire!” (Acts 2:1–13)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, September 27:
       “The Promise Explained” (Acts 2:14–21)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, October 4:
       “Proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Messiah” (Acts 2:22–41)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, October 11:
        “Before The Church Had Buildings” (Acts 2:42–47)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, October 18:
        Pastor John Detrick: "Titus 3" — No video; we-re very sorry.

    †  Sunday, October 25:
        “Powerful Witness” (Acts 3)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, November 1:
        “Times of Refreshing” (Acts 3:11–26)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, November 8:
       “We Cannot Keep Quiet” (Acts 4:1–21)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, November 15:
        Pastor John Detrick: "Be Still and Know that I Am God"  Psalm 46
        Pastor John's sermon

    †  Sunday, November 22:
        Dave Hatfield: Guest presenter
       No video of Dave's presentation; sorry

        . . . Advent sermons intermission . . .

    †  Sunday, December 27:
       “When in Trouble, Pray!” (Acts 4:22–31)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, January 3:
        “When in Need, Give!” (Acts 4:32–5:11)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, January 10:
        “What Happens When We Pray?” (Acts 5:12–16)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, January 17:
        “Holy Boldness, Reckless Faith” (Acts 5:17–42)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, January 24:
        “Leadership Priorities” (Acts 6:1–7)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, January 31:
        “Full of God's Grace and Power” (Acts 6:8–15)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, February 7:
        “Laying It All on the Line” (Acts 7:1–60)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, February 14:
        “Pressing On” (Acts 8:1–40)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, February 21:
        “A Life-Changing Encounter with Jesus” (Acts 9:1–43)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, February 28:
        “Even on Gentiles, the Mission Expands” (Acts 10:1–48)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, March 7:
        “Explaining the Course Correction” (Acts 11:1–30)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, March 14:
        “The Great Escape” (Acts 12:1–24)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, March 21:
        “An Incredible Journey Begins” (Acts 13:1–52)
        Pastor Jeff's sermon                 Watch this week's movie clip.

    †  Sunday, March 28: Palm Sunday
        Pastor Jeff's sermon

    †  Sunday, April 4: Easter
        Pastor Jeff's sermon



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