Misson:Local | The Book of Acts

Bellevue started this past season by looking at God’s great restoration work through Ezra, Nehemiah and Haggai. “Build Your Kingdom Here” is our song, and we came to realise our own need for a renewed heart and a renewed covenant commitment to Him. God’s call for us is to live as God’s people in God’s place under God’s rule. Such restoration then was still temporary compared to the restoration Jesus brought. We made a start at listening to the Gospel writer Luke. His purpose in writing was to convince his readers of the identity, mission and call of Jesus. Our living as God’s people actually means to live for Jesus every day, convinced of His Lordship.

In the book of Acts, the story continues. It’s the story of the Church. It’s the story of Jesus’ ongoing acts through His Spirit through His Church. Acts shows us utterly convinced, Spirit-filled, Spirit-led and Spirit-empowered disciples of Jesus. Believing in Jesus changes everything. Living for Jesus Today means we’re Gospel people, Gospel proclaimers.

Acts is astonishingly beautiful in seeing the unstoppable Gospel spread through available disciples constantly learning to “decrease themselves so Christ can increase.” Yet it makes us also frightfully aware that God chooses to spread the good news and build His Church through us. Mission isn’t an option. Mission isn’t far away. Local Gospel Mission is what the Church must be all about! Witnessing to the very people around us, being the fishers of men Christ has called us to. The book of Acts can help us regain the right vision and priority. Acts can teach us the why, when and how of personal evangelism. Meeting Jesus, hope for a broken world through the Gospel of Luke, now means having a passion to share what we’ve received and multiply!

The Acts of Jesus - Acts 1:1-11 - Christiaan Hofstra Download Powerpoint
Morning Service, Sunday, April 19, 2015
Final Preparations - Christiaan Hofstra
Morning Service, Sunday, April 26, 2015
Good News - Christiaan Hofstra
Morning Service, Sunday, May 3, 2015
The First Church - Garry Blair
Morning Service, Sunday, May 10, 2015
Prophet to His Own People - Adrian Armstrong
Morning Service, Sunday, May 17, 2015
Some Can't Handle the Truth - Paul Rees
Morning Service, Sunday, May 24, 2015
But if it is of God - Acts 5 - David Knowles
Morning Service, Sunday, June 14, 2015
The Word Continued to Increase - Christiaan Hofstra
Morning Service, Sunday, June 21, 2015
Acts 17 - Wayne Sutton
Morning Service, Sunday, November 22, 2015
Paul in Athens - Christiaan Hofstra
Morning Service, Sunday, November 29, 2015