Commenting on Acts 19.8, William Baird wrote, “In Acts the kingdom ofGod seems similar to the church (cf. 8:12), but the idea of God’s rule to be consummated in the future is not lacking (cf. 14:22)” IOVC. Indeed it does seems similar, since the church is the present earthly manifestation of the kingdom. Continue reading →
One of the best arguments for evangelism as the task of every Christian comes from the image of the Christian’s armor in Ephesians 6. The NRSV states it very nicely: “As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace,” v. 15.
Every Christian needs every piece of the armor. Paul says it twice, for emphasis: Continue reading →
He questioned whether Peter preached the sacrifice and commitment of discipleship to the Jews in Acts 2. He also wondered if all this is not more of a gradual aspect of Christian growth. At least, that’s what I understood him to say.
Today, I presented a sixth study to a good, but lost, man coming to Christ. Yesterday, we finished the five-lesson series, “What Must I Do?”. This morning’s study was about counting the cost, with three passages from Luke, one from Matthew, and one from Hebrews. Continue reading →
Listen to the edited sermon I preached at Somer’s Avenue congregation in N. Little Rock March 10, “God Through All,” based upon the text of Eph. 4.6. Edited time is 24 min. The theme of the day was “Evangelism for the Rest of Us.” Continue reading →
Saul didn’t wait for years after his conversion before he started teaching others about Christ. Converted in Damascus through a word from Ananias, he went straight to the synagogues there and did what every Christian ought to do.
And immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “This man is the Son of God.”
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The student who set up with me to study last night at the office didn’t show. So that was a dry run. I’ve had a hard time getting things going with this fellow. Seems to be a nice kid, early 20s, from another state, fianceé is a Christian. Somehow we’re just not getting it into gear.
Monday night, Francinete and Gustavo requested baptism. We set it for Saturday. We’ll have another study Friday night to help them to consider the cost. Pray they remain firm in their determination. Continue reading →