Motivation for the Mission – 8

The Power of the Spirit. We have been discussing various matters that motivate us for the mission of telling others about Christ (series begins here). Motivation is an extremely valuable gift from God, because it is so much easier to do what we have strong motivation to do than what we merely think we oughtContinue reading “Motivation for the Mission – 8”

The Good News Told in Acts – 5

Acts 10:34-48 Speaker: Peter Audience: Cornelius and his household. These were God-fearing Gentiles. Occasion: God worked extensively on both Cornelius and Peter to bring the two together. The meeting took place in Caesarea, about 75 miles NW of Jerusalem. Result: Cornelius and his entire household received the Spirit and were baptized in the name ofContinue reading “The Good News Told in Acts – 5”

Great Commissions 6

Sum. Over the last few posts we have taken a close look at five accounts of the final commission Jesus gave the apostles. I don’t know whether these are different accounts of a single commission Jesus gave or he spoke words like these on several occasions. Either way, pulling together the main themes that areContinue reading “Great Commissions 6”

The New Way of the Spirit 1

Promise and Fulfillment. Do you serve God “in the new way of the Spirit” or “in the old way of the written code” (Romans 7:6)? Paul says that in Christ we have died to the law so that we serve by the Spirit, a new and different way. What does it mean to serve inContinue reading “The New Way of the Spirit 1”

The Story of God’s Kingdom 10

Living a Life Worthy of the King. We cannot enter the eternal kingdom unless we live a life worthy of the King. Some of us will be bothered by that statement because of the way we have come to think about God’s mercy and grace. Yet Scripture emphasizes both God’s grace and obedience. Let’s beginContinue reading “The Story of God’s Kingdom 10”

The Story of God’s Kingdom 8

Five Vital Roles of the King in His Kingdom. We have noted Jesus’ utterly unique identity. It is revealed by His own powerful deeds, God’s raising him from the dead, and special terms like Messiah and Christ. The early proclaimers in Acts acclaimed him with several other special titles also, including Lord (2:36; 10:36), CornerstoneContinue reading “The Story of God’s Kingdom 8”