The power struggle of the city is over the confession of Jesus as Lord and is for the life and freedom of souls. The church has the Spirit and truth of Christ to live by, and to bring to this struggle. Text: Acts 19
Jesus Christ promised that he has his people in the city. Three things mark Christ’s people in a city: faith in his cross, public confession of his Lordship, and corporate life in his church. Text: Acts 18:1-11
Paul in Athens is a picture of the church in the city. He shows us how to see the spiritual condition of the city, how to feel within our spirits about it, and what to do in response to it. Text: Acts 17:16-34
In Acts 17, we find Paul and Silas preaching the gospel in Thessalonica and Berea. We also find the gospel as a threat to those seeking power, for in the gospel we are compelled to acknowledge our eternal powerlessness, and then use our power in the service of others.
When the gospel is challenged, it should be debated, defended, and kept pure to the point of division. The health of a Christian and a congregation depends on knowing and believing the message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Text: Acts 14:27-15:35