September 22, 2019

Message Notes          
September 22, 2019 | Teacher: Ken wilson

The Spread of the Gospel in the Book of Acts
Thessalonica and Berea: A Model for Ministry
(Acts 17:1-15)

Sermon Notes

Philosophy of Ministry
The foundation of ministry
is explaining Scripture and pointing to Jesus. 
(Acts 17:1-3)

Response to Ministry
The goal of ministry is
all kinds of people responding to the gospel.

Opposition to Ministry
The reality of ministry
is that opposition will be unreal and unreasonable.

Evaluation of Ministry
The best engagement with ministry
is eager reception and careful examination. 


Lessons for Witnesses:
The ministry of witnesses focuses on
using the scripture to declare the Savior
  and is examined and responded to by some,
while being rejected and opposed by others.

Next Steps

• I will _____________________________ to understand Scripture more. 

• I will commit to translate my knowledge into a relationship with Jesus. 

• I will both eagerly receive and carefully examine what I hear.

This Week’s Growth Guide

God’s Word is both central and critical to your spiritual growth. We invite you to utilize the Growth Guide during the week to further your application of the Truth from the message.

• Monday - 1 Thessalonians 1
• Tuesday - 1 Thessalonians 2
• Wednesday - 1 Thessalonians 3-4
• Thursday - 1 Thessalonians 5
• Friday - Acts 17:16-34

Home Church
Our Home Churches meet weekly to facilitate quicker relational depth, study the same passage taught Sunday to help apply Scripture in the context of community, and pray with one another.  Home Church helps our body seek God’s best for one another.

Home Church Questions

•  Read Acts 17:1-15.
•  What was the main point of the message this week?
•  Was there anything new, interesting, insightful, or even unclear from the message?
•  What was your main take-away from this week’s message?
•  What are the best characteristics of the churches you have attended?
•  What are the best characteristics of pastors you have had?
•  Why do you listen to certain Bible teachers and not others?
•  Why do you think Paul highlights the prominent women in Thessolonica, and the prominent women and men in Berea?
•  What are some practical ways you can examine the Scriptures to see if what you are being taught is true?
•  What is the “perfect balance” between explanation and application?  Why do you think this is true?
•  Home church is primarily a place to build relationships and make life-changing application of Scripture to life.  How is your group doing?  How can you improve?

AT FELLOWSHIP                     

GIRLFRIENDS RETREAT - October 11-13 Ferncliff Conference Center
Don’t miss this opportunity to get away to Ferncliff Conference Center, in a beautiful, natural setting, and worship God with other women who love Him.  New at Fellowship?  This is your chance to spend a weekend hearing from women in our church, sharing in a discussion group, and enjoying free time.  Sign up by September 30 at or at the Connection Center. For more information contact Lesta Eberhard at

EQUIPPING MINISTRY - Need help in an area of your spiritual life? We have you covered. Join us in the Atrium after service,  or check out all the classes at Check out what is about to launch - 

THE PRAYER COURSE - Prayer can be difficult and we need help; even the disciples needed help as they asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray”. This is an 8-week journey through the Lord’s Prayer with video instruction, small group discussion, and practical tools to aid in one’s prayer life. Sundays, beginning TODAY during the 9:00 service.  

ART OF MARRIAGE - Every marriage is unique, expressed by the colorful personalities of each spouse and textured by the circumstances at play in their lives. Blending these to make marriage work is a divinely inspired art form – challenging to master, but definitely worth the effort.  In The Art of Marriage, we weave together expert teaching, engaging stories, and much more to portray the hope and beauty of God’s design for marriage. Sundays, beginning September 29, during the 9:00 service. 

DISCOVER YOU - Have you ever felt you have more to offer…at work, at home, at church, in life?  This small group experience will help you discover, optimize and unleash the resources God has placed inside you.  Your “SHAPE” is the unique combination of your personality, strengths, skills, gifts and passion. This 7-week guided discovery journey is supported by video content and proven assessments that inform personal reflection and group discussion, with input from a trained Coach. Sundays, beginning October 6, during the 10:45 service.  

APOLOGETICS AND WORLDVIEW - Are you prepared to defend your beliefs when challenged?  Understanding the Christian worldview and applying it to challenges, helps us navigate our world by discovering truth in a post-truth culture.  In this course you will be trained to think clearly when you are on the battlefield of ideas. Sundays, beginning October 13, during the 10:45 service.  

BIBLE STUDY METHODS - The goal of Bible study as a whole is to make application of the Scripture to our lives while the goal of interpretation, within Bible study, is to discover the meaning of the text.  Only after we know the meaning of a text can we understand the significance that a specific text has for us. In this 6-week course you will learn that the Bible has one interpretation or meaning, with many applications. Sundays, beginning October 13 during the 10:45 a.m. service.

HOME CHURCH - Get connected, join a small group! Fellowship continues to connect people in relationship through our small group ministry called Home Church. Contact Michael Harrison at to get connected.

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