It’s not mine

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What was so wrong about the one-talent man hiding the talent in the ground? Because it belonged to his master:

“But the one who had received one talent went out and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money in it” Mt 25.18 NET (emphasis mine).

It wasn’t his to do with as he wanted. He had received it from his master with instructions about what to do with it. Continue reading “It’s not mine”

Preaching the kingdom, would Paul have spoken of the church?

Ancient ruins in Ephesus
Ancient ruins in Ephesus

Commenting on Acts 19.8, William Baird wrote, “In Acts the kingdom of God 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 “Preaching the kingdom, would Paul have spoken of the church?”

Does Acts 2 negate pre-baptismal teaching on counting the cost?

discipleship-crossA good brother made a comment on Facebook about my post, “People who come to Christ must first count the cost,” made a couple of days ago. I’m assuming he read my post and didn’t just react to the title. (Though on FB that can be a big assumption at times.”

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.

Here’s how I responded, with a few tweaks. Continue reading “Does Acts 2 negate pre-baptismal teaching on counting the cost?”

Immediately he began

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.”
Acts 9.20 NET Continue reading “Immediately he began”

Baptisms to happen this week

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 “Baptisms to happen this week”