This Week at Providence
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Acts 19:21-22; 20:1-6 (April 14, 2019)
Luke's brief travelogue omits some major events in Paul's ministry that are brought to light from his contemporaneous letters. Particularly, a near-death experience in Ephesus and a difficult and extended ministry from a distance to the Corinthians. The insight provided from these epistles reveal the persevering love that he had for the Corinthian church despite their mistreatment of him.
Acts 19:23-41 (April 7, 2019)
The success of Paul's Ephesian ministry leads to some major effects on the local economy, particularly with the worship of Artemis. The uproar spills over into a public assembly in the amphitheater, which could have lead to Paul's execution, but for the levelheadedness of the town clerk. This dramatic event demonstrates how Christianity, truly applied, has a major effect on the culture around it.
Acts 19:11-20 (March 31, 2019)
Luke pauses briefly from his historical account to give some extra details about Paul's experiences during his ministry at Ephesus. One is miraculous deeds performed by garments with which Paul has had contact, which we are told caught the attention of some itinerant Jewish exorcists. These sons of Sceva did not have the same efficacious experience when they attempted to use Jesus's name. The result of their humiliation led to the magnification of the Lord, and to many believers burning their "Ephesus Letters" - popular and expensive books with spells and incantations.
Acts 19:1-10 (March 24, 2019)
Paul's return to Ephesus presents him with a unique situation in the New Testament: the re-baptizing of believers who were not aware that the Holy Spirit was available to them. This event serves as a good reminder that the book of Acts represents a shifting of the administration from the Old Covenant to the New. Also, after having an extended time in the Synagogue with the Jews, Paul shifts his preaching venue to the School of Tyrannus, legitimizing it for the Gentiles and establishing Ephesus as the cradle of Christianity in Asia Minor.
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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.