Telling someone “we need to talk” is often a precursor to a crucial conversation where a rebuke is issued. Listening to Paul describe his mindset when he rebuked the church in Corinth helps us learn to how do that conversation … Continued
“Through I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ—I appeal to you for … Continued
Spiritual vision is the ability to look past the seen toward the unseen spiritual realities that all disciples know to be true and eternal.
As Gentiles started coming to Christ in droves, controversy was inevitable. When a Jew came to Christ, he already had a strong background in the Old Testament and was very familiar with Jehovah. Circumcision symbolized his sanctification. But when Gentiles … Continued
“Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, ‘Your blood be on your own heads! I am … Continued
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and signing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them” (Acts 16:25). Paul and Silas were traveling far and wide to preach the Gospel to anyone who would listen. They worked … Continued
If we could know how godly men and women in the Bible viewed the local church, wouldn’t that help us shape our attitude toward it too? If we could find examples in the New Testament of apostles interacting with local … Continued
We draw our class on Acts to a close by looking at the book with a bird’s eye view after trekking through it on ground level.
“Paul in Rome”—After a miracle-filled stay on Malta, Paul finally heads for Rome. He arrives and calls for the leading Jews, whom he preaches the Gospel to. When they reject it, Paul excoriates them with a passage from Isaiah 6. … Continued
“Shipwrecked”—As a prisoner, Paul finally sets sail for Rome. Trying to reach a safe winter harbor on Crete, a storm blows them southwest. For two weeks, they are adrift, unable to control where they go. While most think all is … Continued