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The book of Acts is like a community guidebook of renewal. It tells the story of God’s mission to send and save so that the church may be awakened to our global missionary task. By learning the message of this book, we pray our church will be inspired to go with God on His mission to send and save from Renton to the ends of the earth.

Acts develops in three main parts or movements.

  • Part 1 is located in Jerusalem (Acts 1-7)
  • Part 2 moves out from Jerusalem (Acts 8-12)
  • Part 3 moves throughout the Roman Empire — ending in Rome (Acts 13-28).
This fall we’ll explore Part 3 and see how Paul’s mission to the ancient world should shape our mission to the modern world.

Series Sermons

Acts: God's Mission to Send and Save

Reading Guide

September 10 — Acts 13
September 17 — Acts 14:1-20
September 24 — Acts 14:21-28

October 1 — Acts 15:1-35
October 8 — Acts 15:36 – 16:5
October 15 — World Outreach Weekend
October 22: Acts 16:6-40
October 29: Acts:17

November 5 — Acts 18
November 12 — Acts 19
November 19 — Acts 20
November 26 — Acts 21-28


Scripture Journal
We have provided this resource to help you personally engage the book of Acts during this series. You can get an additional copy here.For tips on how to use this journal, check out this resource here.

Recommended resources
If you’d like to go deeper with the book of Acts, here are a few resources we recommend


Fasting Devotional

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” John 6:51 CSB

Fasting is a practice that denies us the basic act of eating. Our stomachs growl or the clock strikes noon, and we naturally start ordering, chopping, boiling, or scooping. Within minutes we are satisfying our hunger.

But when we fast, we go without. Instead of satisfying our hunger pangs we are left with an emptiness. We are reminded that something is missing; something is not quite right.

And that’s part of the power of fasting. As Christians, this is a reminder of our reality here on earth — something is missing; something is not quite right.

Fasting reminds us that the longings of our hearts can never be fully satisfied here on earth. Instead, we must keep our eyes and hearts focused on what is ahead, as we eagerly await the coming of our Savior.

As we fast, we can remember the sufferings of Christ. The pains of this world are not easily erased or forgotten, and the comfort of our Savior is that He knows them well. He shares in them with us and calls us to look ahead to the glory that follows suffering. Just as he was raised from the dead, so we will be transformed into the likeness of his glorious body when He returns. The glory that awaits us in Christ is far greater than anything this world can offer.

So today as we fast together, would we set our minds on Jesus — the only one who satisfies. As we feel our stomachs growl, may we be reminded that Christ also denied Himself by going to the cross. As we long to eat and satisfy our hunger, would we ask the Holy Spirit to help us long for Jesus more.

Fasting Guide & Prayer Prompts

Fasting Guide

1)  Consult your doctor before beginning the fast.  You may need to fast something other than food.

2)  Determine the length of the fast before you begin.  You may fast for a meal, for a day, or for some other time period.  If you are new to fasting, fasting for one meal is a great place to start.

3)  Spend time meditating on Scripture and in prayer.  Fasting is more than abstaining – it is also replacing food or some other sustenance with intentional time spent with the Lord.

4)  Try different kinds of fasting.  If you can’t fast food for some reason, you can fast entertainment, social media, or something else.

5)   Prepare for opposition.  Jesus Himself was tempted while fasting (Matthew 4:1-11), and we should expect the same.  Lean into the Lord through Scripture and prayer to help you stand firm.


Prayer Prompts

As you fast this week with us, we invite you to pray along with us for the following prompts based on Acts 13:

  • Lord, we praise you for sending your Son Jesus to save us.
  • Lord, we praise you because you are at work in the world through your Holy Spirit.
  • Lord, we confess that we try to do ministry in our own strength and according to our own wisdom.
  • Lord, we thank you for appointing us to eternal life and for ministering through Highlands for the past 76 years.
  • Lord, help us to be attentive and obedient to the leading of Your Holy Spirit.
  • Lord, set us apart as a church for You and Your purposes.
  • Lord, raise up pastors, teachers, evangelists, and missionaries to minister in our church, to our community, and to the ends of the earth.


Why Your Singing Matters

Have you ever stood in a worship service unsure of what’s expected of you?

It’s 9 AM, you’re not really a singer to begin with, you’re tired, and yet the worship leader is asking you to sing; sing from the heart.  Sure, you’ve hummed along to a few songs in the car. Maybe you’ve even belted out an anthem at a football game.

But you can’t be expected to actually sing.  And besides, nobody wants to hear your voice anyway, right?  I want to offer you a least one reason why your singing, even your mediocre singing, matters for God’s kingdom

Singing and Gospel Witness

“There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12

In an increasingly fractured society, getting a room of people to fully agree on anything seems impossible. If you spent the holidays with extended family, you know what I’m talking about. The list of non-controversial conversation topics has gotten smaller and smaller.

And yet, once a week, Christians participate in a bizarre, countercultural practice. We all shuffle into a room, stand facing the same direction, and all togetheragree on something:

“In Christ alone, my hope is found…”

“You turn Graves Into Gardens… you’re the only one who can!”

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness” 

These songs make divisive, exclusive, radical claims about our reality: Christ alone deserves our worship; Christ alone has the power to save. And, if everyone in our worship center is singing, you can witness almost 400 people at a time agreeing on one radical message: the gospel of Christ.

Gathered worship is a powerful witness of the gospel to anyone who walks through our doors. By joining your voice in the song of the church, you can participate in this beautiful picture of gospel unity. Just by singing, you can invite others into life with God.

Listen and worship at home with the songs we’re singing on Sundays

Check out previous series in our sermon archive.