The Good News Told in Acts – 7

Acts 17:16-33 Speaker:  Paul Audience: A Greek council that included Philosophers (Epicurean and Stoic). The council was called the Areopagus because its original meeting place was on the hill of the Greek god Ares. The council was a prestigious group that had jurisdiction in matters of morals and religion. Occasion: After debating with some philosophersContinue reading “The Good News Told in Acts – 7”

The Good News Told in Acts – 4

Acts 5:29-32 Speaker: Peter and the apostles (v. 29) Audience: The Jewish high priest, council, and senate (vv. 21, 27) Occasion: The high priest and Sadducees were jealous of the power and popularity of the apostles, so they arrested them. During the night an angel released them from prison and told them to go toContinue reading “The Good News Told in Acts – 4”

The Good News Told in Acts – 2.

Acts 3:11-26 In this series of posts we are seeking to clarify our understanding of the good news, not for merely theoretical reasons, but as a way of equipping ourselves to be useful to our Master. He may well give us opportunities to speak, and we need to be ready (cf. 1 Peter 3:15; ColossiansContinue reading “The Good News Told in Acts – 2.”

How to Change the World Like Jesus 7

His Sacrificial Death and Resurrection. I certainly will not be exhausting every aspect of the death and resurrection of Jesus in this post. Instead I hope to call attention to two ways it profoundly changes the world. First, Jesus’ death and resurrection show him to be the Messiah—the anointed deliverer God had promised to send.Continue reading “How to Change the World Like Jesus 7”

Great Commissions 5

Acts. In Acts 1:1-8, Luke gives us another account of Jesus’ final commission to the twelve. Here we find three important foundation stones before the actual commission (in v. 8). The first foundation stone is that, after his suffering and death, Jesus presented himself to the apostles and gave many convincing proofs that he reallyContinue reading “Great Commissions 5”

The Story of God’s Kingdom 6

What the Resurrection Says about Jesus. For many years I knew the resurrection of Christ was important but did not clearly understand why. I realized it gives us hope that we will be raised from the dead and live forever. I even had an instinctive sense that Christianity was wrapped up in Christ’s resurrection, butContinue reading “The Story of God’s Kingdom 6”