This Week at Providence
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Acts 17:30-34 (February 3, 2019)
The conclusion of Paul's address to the Areopagus in Athens has him emphasizing objectionable and controversial content, at least to his listeners, as he explains the need for repentance and correct worship of God because of the resurrection. Though this is the last that we hear of Athens in the Bible, Luke's account is significant as Christianity interacts with the respected intellectual schools of the day.
Acts 17:22-29 (January 27, 2019)
The first part of Paul's address to the court of the Areopagus in Athens demonstrates his command and exposure to Greek rhetorical technique, but it also makes clear to the reader (then and now) that Christianity is able to compete and succeed in the marketplace of ideas.
Acts 17:16-21 (January 20, 2019)
As Paul enters Athens, Luke sets up a compelling, three-fold contrast between the Hellenistic and Christian cultures. In the realm of Religion (the Acropolis and the idols), Intellectual thought (with the philosophers of the Agora) and Judicial review (at the Areopagus). Although the cultures are contrasted, Luke is clear to demonstrate that Christianity triumphs over even the greatest that Humanity has to offer.
Acts 17:10-15 (January 13, 2019)
Paul's quick departure leads him to Berea, where he encounters a Jewish population that has a completely opposite response to that of the Thessalonians and one that is of great benefit to us today. Alas, Paul is once again rushed out of town to protect him from the crowd that has been stirred up against him. We leave him on his solo journey to Athens.
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.