December 1, 2013
As one of the men the church had appointed to service (6:5) passes off the scene, another steps in to take his place and the work goes on. The plan (1:8) was still in effect.
November 24, 2013
Stephen’s death did not mean he failed in his mission, but that God was about to use another servant to further gospel work.
November 10, 2013
Instead of being weakened by corrupting influences around it, the local church should be “strengthened by grace.”
October 20, 2013
Great men are not those who receive honor by dignitaries or who accomplish historical feats in life. Truly great people are humble servants who do not count their lives dear unto themselves.
October 13, 2013
A church moves forward as each member sees their opportunity to serve Christ and does so with a humble faithfulness. Taking care of the widows was not unimportant, but it could be used by the enemy to pull the apostles away from what they were told to do— “be my witnesses in all Judea and […]
October 6, 2013
After the first sign of persecution, the believers met to pray as one to the one true Ruler (4:24). The thing they prayed for was not God’s vengeance, but for the opportunity to “continue to speak.” God delivers and protects not so that we can go silent, but so that we can proclaim widely (5:30–32).
September 22, 2013
What God provides must be received by faith. What is received by faith must be announced in faithfulness. Only as this gospel is proclaimed and the Lord opens the eyes of the lost are people converted. The power is not in our presentation, but in our Savior.
September 15, 2013
Satan not only tried to attack with threats from outside the church, but from corruption from within. Persecution could scatter a community of believers, but wrong teaching or values could fracture an assembly. The purity of the church is important to God.
September 8, 2013
When persecuted, the church gathers with the company of saints (v. 23) and gives thanks to the God who is working through it all (vv. 24–31).