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“Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 28:31)

July 11, 2011

Perhaps Paul’s greatest season of productive ministry took place while he endured being put in chains, shipwrecked, snake-bit, and then under house arrest in Rome. The darker the circumstances, the brighter the light of the gospel in Paul shone.

“Julius, in kindness to Paul, allowed him to go to his friends so they might provide for his needs” (Acts 27:3)

July 9, 2011

Like Joseph in prison, God shows Paul favor no matter the circumstance. Julius, a Centurian of the Imperial Regiment, is in charge of taking Paul to Caesar’s court. Even a hardened Roman soldier is moved by Paul’s peaceful presence.

“You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!” (Acts 25:12)

July 7, 2011

How the Roman governor Festus responded to Paul’s appeal. God had already revealed to Paul that he would carry the gospel to Rome. But in chains? God often uses our weakness to speak to strength. It would have been difficult to get an appt. with Caesar. Paul had an all expense paid invitation.

“What are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name” (Acts 22:16)

July 3, 2011

What Ananias told Paul, he spent the rest of his life telling others. What are you waiting for? Get up!

“I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God” (Acts 20:26-27)

June 30, 2011

Paul’s farewell to the elders of Ephesus. Are we innocent of our generation’s blood? Will we give a good account of our stewardship of the gospel? Has it yet been preached to every nation?

“When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching” (Acts 18:5)

June 27, 2011

Paul often had to work as a tentmaker to support himself, but when godly men came to help, he was able to devote himself to the ministry of the Word. The calling to support such men as Paul is as important as the calling to preach. Both are needed.

“The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:29-30)

June 25, 2011

God wanted to save the jailer and his family, so Paul & Silas had to go to jail. As wheat is crushed to make bread, so we become nourishment for others. How has suffering made you more available?

“They tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to” (Acts 16:7)

June 24, 2011

When we are following Jesus for the sake of the gospel, He Himself leads us. Sometimes He hinders, sometimes He opens wide a door. Taking the Word to the whole world as He commanded while staying spiritually sensitive to His leading is key.

“Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down” (Acts 12:23)

June 18, 2011

A lot of angel action in ch.12! First, an angel breaks Peter out of Herod’s jail, then an angel takes Herod out! I wonder if it was the same angel? The chap. begins with the martyrdom of James by Herod’s sword and ends with Herod’s death by an angel’s sword.

“But the word of God continued to increase and spread” (Acts 12:24)

June 18, 2011

Ch.12 began with the execution of James, brother of John, and the imprisonment of Peter. But it ended with the death of Herod and this statement. Persecution did not stop the gospel. It served to spread it further. Tertullian said, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.”