Doing some preparation for another evangelistic study tonight. Pray for the young man Wash. Here are some notes I jotted down for my own use.

• The passage about the widows in Acts 6 starts and ends the same way: “the number of the disciples was multiplying” (v. 1); “the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem exceedingly” (v. 7). Maybe Luke has a hint for us: Those churches that grow take care of their own. Continue reading

Repent for LifeEvangelicals tout faith only. We speak often and much, necessarily, of baptism. Nobody pays much mind to repentance.

When the others heard this, they stopped objecting and began praising God. They said, “We can see that God has also given the Gentiles the privilege of repenting of their sins and receiving eternal life.”
Acts 11.18 NLT Continue reading

He sounds surprised, unsure of how to present Jewish accusations to the emperor, now that Paul has appealed to Caesar. Actually, Festus is doing his usual politicking. But one thing he acknowledges and gets right:

Instead, they had several arguments with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus who had died but whom Paul kept claiming was alive.
Acts 25.19 NET Continue reading

How can two groups read the same Bible and reach completely different conclusions? This question, so common in our day, could have been asked centuries ago about the Sadducees and Pharisees. And Paul makes it clear that one side was right.

(For the Sadducees say there is no resurrection, or angel, or spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.)
Acts 28.8 NET Continue reading