The Gospel of Jesus Christ actually grows faster and in more power among societies that try to persecute Christians. It has always been this way… f rom the very beginning of Christianity. Acts 9 : 15-16 “… This man [ Saul of Tarsus ]
grows faster and in more power among societies that try to persecute Christians.
It has always been this way…
from the very beginning of Christianity.
“… This man [Saul of Tarsus]
is my chosen instrumentto proclaim my Name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my Name.”
been at work in this
of Paul being spotted at the temple by the Ephesian Jews.
This incident led
to the stopping
of his participation
in a questionable purification ritual.
Acts 21: 17-27
Paul deeply desired how he communicated and ministered for the Gospel
Paul is seized and beaten by passionate Jews who are stirred up by false rumors from Ephesian Jewish “agitators.”
This leads to Paul being officially arrested.
21:40 – 22:21
Paul’s Personal Testimony
to the Jerusalem Crowd
15“You will be His witness to all people of what you have seen and heard.16And now what are you waiting for?Get up, be baptizedand washyour sins away, calling on His Name.”
18I saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Quick!’ he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about Me.’
21Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go;
I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’
Fulfilling our personal calling
to all people
The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted,
“Rid the earth
He’s not fit to live!”
“Here is your king,”
Pilate said to the Jews.
But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”
in hindsight and try to determine God’s Plan
for Paul’ life,
but that isn’t our place and it really isn’t as clear-cut as we might think.
For discerning God’s Will today, we rely on the same methods Paul did:
1.) The Bible (always has “veto” vote!)
2.) Direct revelation to us
3.) Indirect revelation from others
our own lives that God is still able to bring about His Plan for our lives… even if we end up going on a “detour” to get there.
20[You are] built on the foundationof the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone.
21In Him, the whole building
is joined together and rises
to become a holy temple in the Lord.
22And in Himyou too are being
built together to become a dwelling
in which God lives by his Spirit.