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 27, 2013
When asked about his kingdom, Jesus responded by promising his disciples that power would come with his Spirit and that they would become witnesses.
September 25, 2013
Jesus approached his disciples, some of whom were worshipping while others doubted, and reminded them that all authority had been given to him. Based on that authority, he commanded them to make disciples.
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).
August 25, 2013
The same Jesus the Jews delivered to die was raised by the Almighty and must be believed by every sinner.
August 18, 2013
Like Peter, we must know who we are witnessing to, Who we are witnessing of, and what the goal of this witnessing is.