This article can also be read in The Expository Files. “Again, I saw vanity under the sun: one person who has no other, either son or brother, yet there is no end to all his toil, and his eyes are … Continued
“Second Missionary Journey, part 2”—The traveling preachers experience opposition at Thessalonica, but good hearts in Berea. Paul travels to Athens, where he preaches the Gospel to the philosophers at the Areopagus. Most scoff at the idea of resurrection.
When I imagine meeting Jesus, I start formulating all the questions I would ask him. “Jesus, what does this verse mean?” “How should I handle this situation in my life?” “Where do you come down on this issue?” I am … Continued
“Second Missionary Journey, part 1”—Paul & Silas arrive at Derbe and Lystra, where their meet a young man named Timothy. Paul has notions of going into Asia Minor, but God wants him to go to Macedonia. At Philippi, they meet … Continued
“And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were over, … Continued
“The Jerusalem Meeting”—Some Jews are teaching that Gentiles must be circumcision in order to come to Christ. To address the question, the apostles and Jerusalem elders gather. Peter recounts the events leading up to the conversion of Cornelius, emphasizing God’s … Continued
“First Missionary Journey, part 2”—A trend begins developing: Paul & Barnabas experience good success as they arrive at a new city; some Jews get mad and incite opposition; so they travel on to the next city. This happened a Antioch … Continued
“First Missionary Journey, part 1”—Paul, Barnabas, and John Mark sail from Antioch to Cyprus, preaching to the proconsul Sergius Paulus and refuting Elymas the magician. From Cyprus, they travel to Asia Minor. In Antioch of Pisidia, Paul preaches to a … Continued
“Persecution, Martyrdom, and Judgment”—Herod Agrippa executes James the apostle and arrests Peter, intending to do the same to him. But an angel frees Peter, who appears to his brethren, and then flees the city. By the end of the chapter, … Continued
Jesus’ identity and mission cannot be whatever we want them to be. If the cross is not our central focus when we look at Jesus, then we have missed him completely.