This Week at Providence
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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.
Acts 5:33-42 (March 18, 2018)
A peek into the political situation in 1st Century Palestine provides an opportunity to see God's providential protection of His people. The Apostles face a fearful fate and but for the measured voice of Gamaliel, could very easily have been killed by the Sadducees. His suggestion of letting the Messianic movement die out on its own, leads to a strengthening of the Apostle's 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.