• The Origin of Simony

    Acts 8:1-25

    In a lesser way, simony is still a problem in the church. All too often those who are elected elders, deacons, or vestrymen in the church are voted in almost entirely because they are successful at business or have important ...Read More

  • Paul at Ephesus

    Acts 19:1–10

    With the destruction of the temple, the outward features of the old covenant came to an end. We no longer take Nazirite vows and we no longer expect either defilement or blessing to be transmitted through clothes. The “clothes” of ...Read More

  • Paul’s Ministry at Philippi

    Acts 16:11-40

    Paul never asked the civil magistrate to sponsor the Gospel. Following Jesus’ advice, the disciples avoided conflict with the “powers that be.” When calling on the magistrate was pointedly useful to the Gospel, however, the apostles did so. Here Paul ...Read More

  • Paul the Pharisee

    Galatians 1:11–14

    Paul’s conversion is as miraculous as any in Scripture or throughout Christian history. Yours may not have been nearly as dramatic, but it represented just as radical a change of direction for you. Take time to reflect on the ...Read More

  • Paul the Preacher

    2 Corinthians 11:22–12:10

    Paul’s life, so extraordinary in so many ways, should define the ordinary life of the Christian in one sense: radical obedience. Jesus calls us to count the cost before enlisting and, having made a decision for Him, never to ...Read More

  • A Problem of Sensitivity

    Acts 6

    Is it a good idea for people to be made leaders who have never served under authority? Is it a good idea for men to become elders in the church who have never served as deacons? What are some opportunities ...Read More

  • Single-mindedness

    Acts 5:17–42

    Acts recounts the heroic deeds of the early church. Central to these feats was the abiding trust in the power of God. When you are fearful in the face of opposition, do you become angry at God for abandoning you ...Read More

  • The Spread of the Gospel

    Acts 9:19–10:8

    Think about your own locality. How is the Gospel spreading in your town, city, or metropolitan area? Does your church have a strategy for reaching ever wider through ministries of the church and community, and by supporting missionaries around the ...Read More

  • A Time of Crisis

    Acts 5:1–16

    Those who sold their property showed their trust in Jesus’ words, while those who bought and/or hoarded it did not. While we are not called to act out such drastic steps, we are called to learn from what is ...Read More

  • The Transfer of the Kingdom

    Acts 13–14:7

    Just as the first missionaries took the ministry of the Good News to their own first, in some sense we also have home ministry obligations to the family of God which should take precedence over those outside the covenant community ...Read More

  • True Confidence in Christ

    Acts 4:1-22

    Arrogance is a false confidence based on your own ability. True confidence comes from faith in our omnipotent God. Peter was doubtless courteous but also consummately bold before the highest court among the Jews. These men had put Jesus to ...Read More

  • Two Men, Two Kingdoms

    Acts 8:9-13

    As we look around the cultural landscape today, we see a wide variety of spiritual practices that do not please God. Satan uses these practices to blind people to the truth and hold them in darkness. We must confront these ...Read More

  • Unity of the Church

    Acts 10:9–11:18

    Jesus assailed the notion that there is an oral tradition next to the written Bible, having equal authority. The Reformers took up the same fight against the oral tradition espoused by Roman Catholicism. Consider whether you or your church have ...Read More

  • What Was an Apostle?

    Acts 2:15-26

    Paul is suspect to many people. He is criticized for his leadership style, his certainty in matters of faith and practice, and his uncompromising stand for the Gospel. Paul takes prominence as the apostle in Acts. It is important that ...Read More