It has been said, “As a story comes to an end, it marks a new beginning; thus the story continues…” (Unknown). We all understand the ending of the stories of our lives: “My parents have decided to end their marriage.” “The boss called me in today and said this is the end of the road.” “College is over and now what? Where do I go from here?” Every time we experience an ending likes these, and more, it is a chance to experience a new beginning through the power of God’s Spirit. In September, Parkview will look at how the disciples of Jesus said good-bye to the physical Jesus in front of them and begin to live within the power of the Holy Spirit and how you can do the same.
September 3 ~ (Luke/Acts – A Divine Activity Thing) The Gospel writers wrote of people and their encounters with Jesus. The story doesn’t end at the cross, or even with the empty tomb. The book known as, “The Acts of the Apostles,” is the second volume to a continuing story. What would happen if the Gospel writers lived in Dayton and how would that story continue on?
September 10 ~ (Acts 1:1-5 – Waiting to Win) The things we have to face in life can be downright scary: Cancer, Death, Bills, War, Unfaithfulness and more. The disciples were faced with doing life without Jesus being by their physical side. What was the prescription for the days ahead: Wait!
September 17 ~ (Acts 1:6-8 – Witnessing the Misunderstanding) Many Hebrew children grew up hearing that they were the chosen people. Christians have believed that they are part of God’s family. Being chosen and adopted into the family has privileges, right? It does, but what if we have misunderstood the role of the chosen and adopted? What happens when we understand who we are, whose we are and the role we play?
September 24 ~ (Acts 1:21-26 – Studying vs Knowing) We have Sunday School classes, Morning Worship services, Sunday night Services, Wednesday night studies, mid-week Bible studies and so much more. These are all well and good, but why do we continue to struggle with lack of joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. Why does the church reflect the culture rather than impacting it’s culture? Could our flaw be found in relegating Jesus as someone to study rather than someone to know?