Though it is often overlooked, racial tension is present throughout the book of Acts and had serious implications for the development of the church. This message introduces the issue of racial tension by examining the history of racial tension in the first century church and how it applies in our generation.
God’s judgments are described as the vengeance of the covenant.God’s goodness causes Him to respond to the blasphemy of His name with vengeance. His vengeance results in great good for His people. Creation flourishes when God expresses His zeal for His own glory.This is a key difference between God and
The cross is the ultimate demonstration of the nature of God’s judgments. It reveals the certainty of God’s judgments, the perfection of God’s judgments, and the redemptive nature of His judgments. First, the cross reveals God’s judgment is certain.There is no escape from it. God’s goodness required Him to respond
We tend to think of God’s judgments primarily in terms of the punishment they inflict, but they are also redemptive. When God releases His judgments for His name’s sake, the natural result is the redemption and restoration of creation.The ultimate outcome of judgment is not death, but life. God’s name
The curses of the Mosaic covenant result in what we can call the discipline of the covenant. While the discipline of the Mosaic covenant is unique to Israel, Israel’s story reveals God’s nature and His character. Therefore, God’s discipline of Israel instructs us in the knowledge of God. God’s discipline
Luke’s description of the church in Antioch in Acts 13 presents Antioch as the prototype church in the nations and Paul and Barnabas’ sending from Antioch as the biblical pattern for formation and sending in the church. This chapter is foundational for our understanding of church, formation, and sending.