Pentecost is very underrated in much of Christianity. Little did Jesus followers know, but starting on that Pentecost day, there would be a “new normal” for the world. Jesus was no longer physically present with his followers, but God was not absent. God now came to be with and in individual believers as He had only done in isolated instances prior to this. And this would change the world.
Peter, the uneducated one, the betrayer, emerged as the strong and persuasive voice for Christians in Jerusalem during the Feast of Weeks following Jesus resurrection. Where did he get that power to speak?
We should be telling others about what God has done for us. The good news of the gospel. Why don’t we? Pastor Alan shared that we will share this good news with others when we know the gospel ourselves; when we receive the gospel in our lives; and when we live out the gospel.
In his defense before King Agripa, St. Paul clearly states the mission we, as believers in Christ, should always keep in mind. Pastor Larry clearly leads us through this wonderful part of the Bible.
What do you do what you have an end goal in mind but you keep getting diverted along the way? What if you are convinced your end destination is where God really want you to end up? This seems to be St Paul’s experience as he has his sights set on Rome, but diversions, detours continue to delay his arrival in Rome.
Acts is not a New Testament book for the faint of heart. It seems that at every second turn, one of the main characters, St Paul, is ‘in trouble’ and in prison. You would think being unjustly imprisoned this many times would have caused Paul to rethink his strategy. Yet it does not. Why? It was Paul’s hope in the resurrection that kept him going and focused.
The gospel as revealed in Holy Scripture serves us in a number of ways. One of those ways is to encourage followers of Jesus. Christians are not immune from discouragement. In fact, as Christians come to see their own weaknesses and failing more clearly, they are often very much in need of encouragement. The Apostle Paul demonstrates in his words and in his actions how the gospel serves to encourage us. And we, likewise, should look for opportunity to encourage those we touch each day.
God has a plan, a mission, for each Christian. He had one for the Apostle Paul. Paul was committed to that mission even though many of his friends and other Christians tried to dissuade him. Even though he knew it would likely mean hard times. Even though the Prophet Agabas predicted he would end up ‘being bound’, presumably by the Romans.