This Week at Providence
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Acts 9:32-43 (June 10, 2018)
Luke reintroduces Peter to his narrative with straightforward performance of two miracles. First, we see that the Apostles are not tied down to Jerusalem only and ministering around the countryside. Peter visits the town of Lydda in western Judea and heals a lame man. When news of this travels to Joppa, Peter is asked to travel there to raise a dead woman named Tabitha, who was a great blessing to that town. Peters successful miracle harkens back to other times in the bible when people were raised from the dead.
Acts 9:19b-31 (June 3, 2018)
Following Saul's dramatic conversion, we see the new believer start preaching. Although Luke leaves out some of the details of Saul's chronology, it provides an interesting glimpse into his early ministry as he learns more about Jesus and the Gospel against which he had been fighting.
Acts 9:1-19a (May 27, 2018)
A look at Saul's dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus gives us a detailed look at the process of redemption and the theology behind it. Remarkably, Saul has little to say during the account and it is Ananias who the narrative turns to as we see the blessing that God has in store for Saul. The dismantling of a proud man's entire worldview and the devastating results lead to great things for God's Kingdom.
Acts 8:26-40 (May 20, 2018)
Acts 8:9-25 (May 13, 2018)
Simon the Magician's apparent conversion and baptism are challenged by the Apostles when they come to lay hands on the Samaritans in order that they may receive the Holy Spirit. This reminder that our hearts must be straight and that an external confession only does not lead to salvation is sobering. Finally, a contrast between John's change of heart and Simon's is particularly powerful.
Acts 7:17-43 (April 22, 2018)
Stephen continues with his sermon to the Sanhedrin with an explanation from the life of Moses. Demonstrating that God spoke directly to Moses outside of the Temple and Jerusalem, he also shows that the Jews had a history rejecting true prophets sent by God and replacing them with false idols.
Acts 7:1-16 (April 15, 2018)
Stephen's speech to the Sanhedrin, the longest in the book of Acts, is singular in its exposition on the Temple. While other Apostles never bring up the role of the Temple in the New Covenant, Stephen argues from the Old Testament that God spoke to His people outside of the Temple. This incident demonstrates how each leader of the early Church brought a different perspective to their ministry while remaining faithful to the one Gospel they had been charged with preaching.
Acts 6:8-15 (April 8, 2018)
The first negative response to the budding Messianists from the people in Jerusalem comes from a Hellenist Synagogue reacting to the powerful preaching of Stephen. Stephen, a spirit-filled and powerful speaker, has bested those in the Synagogue with his talk of the New Covenant in Christ. Through bribery, they use false witnesses to accuse Stephen of blasphemy and to bring the case to the council setting up an interesting echo of Jesus's trial.
Acts 6:1-7 (March 25, 2018)
Luke recounts the first recorded dispute of the early Church and, interestingly, it is a practical matter and not a theological one. In order to resolve it, the Apostles set up a division of labor that should be a model to us today. Using wise men, full of the Holy Spirit and of a good reputation, the dispute is cleared up and the Church continues to grow as the Word is spread. Amazingly, even Priests begin to be counted in the numbers of those obedient to the faith.
This Five-part series is an examination of the final Song of the Suffering Servant in the Book of Isaiah. Each week includes a detailed look at one of the stanzas from this prophetic song. Biblical scholars searched the scriptures to discover who Isaiah was describing, but it wasn't until Jesus came that a definitive answer was given.
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Preaching of the Word
Pastor Coleman practices the classic method of lectio continua: the systematic exposition of the books of the Bible in sequential format.
A careful interpreter of Scripture, he prepares sermons that are models of biblical content and edifying clarity.
Below are a few selected brief messages with the good news of Jesus Christ.