The Church and the Gates of Hades

The Church and the Gates of Hades

“… and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” (Matthew 16:18, CSB) This is Jesus’ very first mention of “the church” as he’s responding to Peter’s confession of Jesus as Messiah. That truth would be the bedrock of the church – the church would build […]

A Spiritual Battle

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12, NIV)  “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine […]

Five Stones

“Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.“ (1 Samuel 17:40, NIV) Perhaps the most famous underdog victory in history – young David eschewed King Saul’s armor and sword […]

Spiritual Warfare and Union Bosses

In our study of Acts, we come today to the great riot in Ephesus (Acts 19:23-41).  A man named Demetrius was angry with the church and incited a mob in the city center.  There were two issues at hand.  The first was economic – because of the great number of converts to “the Way,” the […]