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June 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

For the last souple of weeks we have been talking about Peter’s statements in Acts 4:12, 20:

 [12] Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

[20] For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

 These are incredibly important and powerful words. Words that offend many people.

But as we’ve been comparing Chrsitianity to other religions, we have seen that there are some characteristics of Christianity that make it unique. Two weeks ago we said, that Christianity was unique because of the events it presents. Last week, we said it was unique because of its founder– Jesus.

This week we will see that Christianity is unique because of its message.

Although all of this is interesting, there is more than knowlege to be gained here. The more we understand the gospel as a people– a church– the more we will confidently tell others the good news of Jesus Christ. That gives the church a mision unlike any other. A mission God, through Jesus, invites us into.

 Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Doug

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I hope everyone had a great Father’s Day celeration… It’s good to stop and think about the people who have impacted our lives, isn’t it?

This week we will continue our little sub-series that focuses on the uniqueness of Christianity. I am calling it, “No Other Name” based on Peter’s words in Acts 4:12.

What makes Chrisitanity different from all other religions? Why is Jesus so important? These are fundemental questions that have incredibly significant answers.

Last week we saw that Christianity is unique because of the events that Christianity presents. It is the events themselves that save us– Jesus becoming a human being; Jesus dying on a cross; Jesus being raised from the dead.

In other words, Christianity isn’t a philosophy– it isn’t just teaching. It is founded on actual events that really happened in history.

This week we will discover that Christianity is unique because of its founder– Jesus. He is distict from every other religious leader. In fact he stands alone.

Our scripture will remain Acts 4:5-22 and 1 John 4:1-12.

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Doug

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June 19th News

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First of all… HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL THE DADS OUT THERE!!

I hope that everyone takes a moment (or a whole day) to reflect on the incredible impact dad’s have in our lives.

This Sunday we will continue a mini-series we started last week that came from our series on the Book of Acts. Last week we heard Peter proclaim some very important and somewhat controversial words when he said this about Jesus:

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

What do you think about that? Does this seem narrow-minded and perhaps even intolerant? If you believe these words that means a lot of other prominent names become secondary at best. Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius…

These words make a lot of people outside the Christian Church upset– and even mad. And if we’re honest, it even offends some inside the church.

In today’s American culture, these words divide, threaten, and offend. And, really, I can see why. They are offensive. First, we don’t like the idea that we need saving. In fact, many would scoff at the notion. But the Bible says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and Peter says “we must be saved”. Second, we don’t like the fact that there is only one way to be saved– by Jesus Christ.

Peter’s words are offensive because they contradict so many of our previously held beliefs. They seem arrogant, don’t they?

Unless…

Unless they are true.

If Peter’s proclaimation is true it may be one of the most important sentences ever uttered by a human being. So perhaps we need to pay attention and ponder what he says.

Many people (both inside and outside the church) are put off by the exclusive claims of Christianity. And so, often times, we soften the message of the gospel so as not to offend. But the fact of the matter is this: Christianity is unique and in its uniquenss is hope and peace and joy– and salvation.

Let’s talk about what makes Christianty unique when compared to other world religions. To prepare read Acts 4:5-22 again. You may also want to check out 1 John 4:1-10.

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Doug

 

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This week we will continue in the Book of Acts. Read Acts 4:1-22. Peter makes some bold and controversial statements– statements that offend many people today.

We are going to use Peter’s words to launch us into the next few weeks as we look at Christianity compared to other religions. We will talk about things that every Christian should know.

Get a good night’s rest and come ready to think!

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,
Doug

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This week we will continue our study of the Book of Acts to learn about the establishment and growth of the early church.

In Acts 1, we learned that the early church is marked by power (from the Holy Spirit), an identity (witnesses), and a mission to be witnesses locally, regionally, and to the world (Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth). Then in Acts 2 we heard the message (gospel) we are to share about Jesus and the loving, supportive community we are to share and experience with other beleivers.

Sunday we will be talking about Acts chapters 3 and 4. We will see an incredible miracle and different reactions to it. We will also hear a bold proclamation by Peter that forever seperates Christianity from every other religion…

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace
Doug