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The Power of Community: Connect to Guidance
September 9, 2018

The Power of Community: Connect to Guidance

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: The Power of Community

We are discovering the Power of Community! This week we move to Acts 15. This is the first major controversy that the early church must confront. Where is God leading them? How are they to know God’s guidance? This is an important question. All of us would like to know how God is leading us! In Acts 15:11-21 we get a sense of how God leads this early community as well as our lives. God is speaking to all of us today, but we struggle to fully accept God’s leading because of the conflicts both in and around us. God wants to show us how to gain clarity in listening to God’s voice. In the sermon “Connect to Guidance” we will see three things that will help guide our lives. As you read Acts 15:11-21 you will realize that this is only part of the conversation, and you may want to read the entire chapter in order to get the “big picture.” Acts 15:11-21: No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.” 12 The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. 13 When they finished, James spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me. 14 Simon has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles. 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: 16 “‘After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, 17 that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things’– 18 things known from long ago. 19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. 21 For the law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.” (NIV)

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