A careless, unawakened sinner, cannot, and will not trust in the Lord for anything. Only when he is awakened to his absolutely sinful and helpless condition, and he realizes that there is no other way, will he trust in the Lord. After that there are plenty of reasons to trust in the Lord in all thy ways. When we do that God will direct our paths, and that must be the primary desire in our heart when we come trusting Him. We want Him to direct our lives, and we trust Him to do so.
Students must hear the words of their teachers in order to learn. In the same way, you must hear the words of Jesus in order to be his apprentice. Knowing God's Word and being shaped by God's Word is an absolutely essential practice of following Jesus. This message explores four ways to read the Bible in order to have the well-rounded approach of a true apprentice.
How should a believer engage with God's Word? In this message, Pastor Jesse addresses that question as he goes through the basics of reading, understanding, and living out the Bible in your life. He walks us through how to interpret the Bible, how to read the Bible, how to meditate on the Bible, and how to apply the Bible to life. You'll see how when it comes to learning about the Bible, the most important thing is to be a true student of the Word who loves it and lives it out.
If we don't understand the Holy Spirit and his ministry, we won't know how to view his actions today. Many people think that the Spirit's work has entirely changed between the Old and New Testaments. So to clear up some misunderstandings, today we look at both the Old and New Testament to see how the Spirit's ministry is alike and how it is different. With this clarity, we are able to better understand how He is working today.
So much of life can be described as 'Hurry up and wait." Whether it is waiting on one's spouse, waiting in a doctor's office, we spend a lot of time just waiting. But what do you do when you are waiting on God? Waiting for God to answer your prayer? Waiting on God for clear direction in life? What do you do as you are waiting on God. The apostles after Jesus' resurrection were told by Jesus that they were to wait in Jerusalem for the promised Holy Spirit. When Jesus ascended into heaven, the apostle did not know how long their wait would be. So, what did they do and we should do while waiting on God? First obey the commands you already have. They were commanded to wait, and that is what they did. Waiting was both a test of their obedience and their faith. Secondly, fellowship with other believers as you wait. 120 of them assembled in the upper room waiting together for God to answer. We need to surround ourselves with other believers as we wait on God. And thirdly, devote yourselves to prayer. Use waiting time as prayer time, communicating with God as we wait on Him.
Join Pastor Caleb Hilbert as he dives into "Sanctification from God Despite Our Independence," an exploration of Proverbs 30:7-17. Discover the importance of divine guidance in our lives, recognize behaviors that are rooted in self-reliance, and understand the profound outcomes of neglecting God's teachings.
We come to the final part of Acts and Paul's journey to Jerusalem then to Rome. In this we see once again the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit in Paul's life...and ours.
LED IN TRAVEL
• Ship 1: Ephesus > island of Cos > island of Rhodes > coast of Asia Minor at Patara (v. 1)
• Ship 2: Phoenicia (v. 2) > past Cyprus > post of Tyre (v. 3)
• Ship 3: After 7 days > Ptolemais > after another day > Caesarea (v. 8)
• Overland > Jerusalem
• Recall ch. 16 & look ahead to 27:15 (see also 2 Peter 1:21)
LED BY PROPHECY (VV. 4, 10–14; SEE 19:21; 20:22–24)
• The Big Problem
• The Resolution
LED TO DISCIPLES (VV. 4, 7, 8, 16)
• In Tyre (v. 4)
• In Ptolemais (v. 7)
• In Caesarea (v. 8)
• In Jerusalem (v. 16)
LED TO JERUSALEM & ITS LEADERS (VV. 1 7–26)
Having escaped bondage in Egypt the Lord now takes the children of Israel by the hand and leads them towards Canaan in a fiery cloudy pillar. So the Lord leads his people in the way that he sees best, protecting them and providing for them.