Journey to the Ends of the Earth

The End of the Beginning

When asked if the end of World War II was near, Winston Churchill famously replied, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” As we conclude our look at the life of the Apostle Paul and our Journey through the book of Acts, join Pastor Gary Webber as we consider how the unfinished story of Acts 28 invites us to continue Christ’s mission to…

Shipwrecked

Just when you think it can’t get any worse… it usually does! The question is, how do you prepare for the unthinkable? The time to make preparations for a storm is when the weather is still calm. The time to prepare a ship for an emergency at sea is while it is still tied to the pier. Join us for a look at Acts 27 where Paul faces the perfect storm and shows how faith in Jesus can prepare us…

Tried

Have you ever felt like you were on trial? Maybe you actually were in a court of law or maybe it was just an intense conversation with a person asking really hard questions. The Apostle Paul was frequently brought before officials and interrogated about his faith in Jesus and his activities sharing that faith throughout the Roman empire. On each occasion, Paul took the opportunity to share the good news about Jesus Christ. In a threatening environment, when some would…

Arrested!

Depending on how you count it, the Apostle Paul was arrested, tried and imprisoned anywhere between 3 to 5 times. Paul’s determination in the face of opposition is remarkable. Where did Paul gain the strength to endure so much persecution and suffering and what does his example teach us today? Join us for part eleven of Journey to the Ends of the Earth, as we consider what it means to be captive to the call of Christ. While we were…

What the Holy Spirit Asks of You

Oftentimes, we ask the Lord for guidance when we have already made our own itinerary. We pack what we believe is important, set our own expectations, and establish our personal measures for success. In part ten of Journey to the Center of the Earth we look at what things we must set aside to truly embrace God’s direction as we cling to the essentials. And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to…

Culture Clash

In Part nine of Journey to the Ends of the Earth, we consider how believers today should challenge modern cultural idols while maintaining a personal faith built on the truth of Jesus Christ.

A Woman, a Slave, and a Gentile

As a good Jew, Paul woke up every morning and prayed a traditional Hebrew prayer that went something like this, “God I thank you that you have not made me a Gentile, a slave, or a woman…” Ironically, the first three converts in the city of Philippi were, a wealthy woman, a poor slave girl, and a gentile prison guard. Join us for Part Six of Journey to the ends of the Earth, where Pastor Gary explores how the Gospel blows…

Finishing Well and Passing the Baton

Paul was not only a prolific church planter and evangelist, he invested deeply in the lives of younger men whom he would put in charge as pastors of the churches he was planting. The church in America is facing a crisis of leadership. Only three out of ten pastors will “finish well,” meaning that seven will wither burn out or fail out of ministry prior to retirement age. Clearly, we need individuals like Paul who will invest in young leaders…

Divine Detours

The road of life is full of unexpected twists and turns. How we respond to those unforeseen detours says a lot about our faith. The Apostle Paul’s journey was certainly full of a lot of unanticipated diversions. Beginning with the Road to Damascus, Paul was constantly changing course, but rather than growing discouraged, Paul’s faith seemed to deepen with each change. What did Paul know that we need to understand as we face the unimaginable bends in the road ahead?…

Jumping Fences

Do you ever feel like someone keeps moving the goal post? You thought you understood what you had to do, how far you had to go, how much you had to pay, only to discover that more was required? Many of the early Gentiles Christians must have felt this way. Paul had told them that Jesus had accomplished everything required for their salvation. But other religious leaders came along and told them that they also had to follow a long…

We Need a Hero

Throughout time and in every culture, there is evidence that humans have always sought out heroes. From the mythical gods of the Greeks and the Romans to the sports and entertainment stars of modern America, people are constantly seeking and making heroes to worship. In part four of Journey to the Ends of the Earth, we see this principle at work as a crowd of gentiles try to make Paul and Barnabas their gods. In this message Pastor Gary explores…

A Church that Changes the World

The church in Antioch was the first church to give Paul a significant leadership position, it was also the church that sent Paul on his first missionary journey, a journey that would lead to churches springing up throughout the entire Roman Empire. This was a church that truly changed the world! Join us for week three of Journey to the Ends of the Earth as Pastor Gary explores six characteristics of a church that changes the world. Now those who…
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