E☧ansion: A study through Acts

Cross Collective

Gospel. Family. Mission.

The biblical church is the primary family. This is very counter intuitive! Typically, when we think family we think about the natural relations between people who have the same blood flowing through their veins. That's right. It's perfectly natural to experience family with people you've grown up with and are actually related to.

However, it's entirely supernatural to experience the church as the blood bought family that Christ paid the ultimate price to create and unite!

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Home Church Gathering: Mira Mesa

Monday, Feb. 1st, 7-9pm

10653 Caminito Chueco

San Diego, CA

Studying Acts 7:44-60

Please park along Caminito Chueco. The apartment is in the second driveway on the left.

Home Church Gathering: College Area

Friday, Feb. 5th, 6-8pm

6025 Estelle Street

San Diego, CA

Studying Acts 7:44-60

Apartment #5, up the staircase on the second level.

Study on Acts 7:44-60

We will continue our study by reading about Stephen's continued defense before the Sanhedrin. When compared to Peter and later Paul, this extended discourse is the longest recorded in the book of Acts.
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"An idol has such controlling position in your heart that you can spend most of your passion and energy, your emotional and financial resources, on it without a second thought. If anything becomes more fundamental than God to your happiness, meaning in life, and identity, then it's an idol."

Tim Keller

4 Meta-categories of Idolatry

We all have heart tenancies when it comes to idolatry. To help us broaden our understanding and awareness, we'll use the word "CAPS" as a mnemonic (tool for memory) to describe the larger (or meta) categories of idolatry.

Comfort - pleasure, health, freedom, excesses, recreation, home and vehicles

Approval - relationships, achievement, ethnicity, social circles, appearance

Power - control, position, influence, success, exerted strength

Security - family, finances, protection, religion, safety, future

One definition of the word "caps" is a summit or top, as of a mountain. There are mountains in our lives that crowd the landscape. They can be perceived by many as pinnacles or high points that we strive to reach. The problem is if we elevate these things above God and consider them before God it will lead to sin and folly, affecting our identities, how we relate to God and how we relate to others, ultimately hindering our experience of the Gospel.

1 John 5:21

"Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God's place in your hearts."

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