The Apostle Paul arrives in Athens and notices an altar to an "Unknown God." He uses this as a launching point for a message to the philosphers. Pastor Mark shares the similarities between the unknown God of Athens and the unknown God of the fastest growing religious group in America: "The Nones." Paul's strategy in reaching the philosophers of Athens translates to America in the 21st Century.
As Paul begins his second missionary journey, he does not have clear direction from God on where to go. Pastor Mark tells the story of the Macedonian Vision Paul received in Acts 16, and gives biblical guidelines about God's guidance.
In this sermon, Pastor Mark shares Paul's secret of joy, found in the book of Philippians. This sermon introduced the series based on the life of Paul, and illustrated by the Nave Windows in the St. Paul's sanctuary.
Pastor Mark reflect on the "Ten Days of Prayer" before Pentecost in Acts 1:12-26, a passage he has never preached on before. This passage is placed between two ecstatic events: The Ascension of Christ and the Coming of the Holy Spirit, but in between, the church is dealing with the betrayal of Judas. Pastor Mark reflect on how, through faith, the Heavenly Father walks with us through all the emotions of our existence.