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 – 3.

Acts 4:8-12 The summary of the good news told in Acts 4 is medium in length. It is longer than the several one line summaries we find (such as Acts 11:20), but shorter than the extended accounts in Acts 2, 3, 10, 13, and 17. Still, it has rich insights about the gospel and speakingContinue reading “The Good News Told in Acts – 3.”

Parables of the Kingdom 11

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector. This short parable (Luke 18:9-14) teaches a powerful lesson, one I have greatly needed to learn in the course of my life and still need regular reminders about. The Pharisee thanks God that he is better than others. He lists some of those he feels superior to and tellsContinue reading “Parables of the Kingdom 11”

The Story of God’s Kingdom 11

Where are the Better Days? In the first post of this series, we noted the Old Testament prophecies that say better days are coming. God promised he would intervene and bring deliverance, mercy, forgiveness, and peace. He would pour out his Spirit on all who submit to him and would bring about fear of theContinue reading “The Story of God’s Kingdom 11”