Acts of the Apostles
Psalm 118:17, “I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the LORD”
A question once asked, “Why are we here on earth?”, someone responded, “to live this life to the fullest“. I wouldn’t say that is the reason why we are here primarily, that is what we do while we are here. God designed the earth, populated it and finally created man to fit into what He had created. God being a God of order did not create man on the first day. The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever, that is the purpose He created us for. No one is here by accident but by the divine will of God. The question then you ask yourself, “if I am here, why I’m I here and how long am I going to be here?”, Until what He had planned for me is fulfilled in my life. Read the rest of this entry »
Acts 15:39, “Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another “
This account is the famous argument that took place between Paul and Barnabas over John Mark. In part 1 of “When to Contend”, Paul and Barnabas were in agreement and contended together against the Judaizers (Acts 15:1 – 5). However, now in Acts 15:39 they had such a disagreement that they ended up going their separate ways. So the question remains who was right in this contention, Paul or Barnabas? They had worked together for so long. Read the rest of this entry »
2Timothy 4:3, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” (NIV)
The builders have stumbled upon on a biblical principle called foundation, they know that foundation is everything. Every building must or should have a foundation. Foundation is the basis on which a thing stands, is founded upon, or is supported. In a building, foundation is a structure that transfers loads to the earth. Foundation is not on top, it’s at the bottom holding the weight of what is to be built on it. Strong and deeper foundation goes down past the weaker upper layer of soil to reach the concrete. Read the rest of this entry »
Acts 8:30-31, “30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.”
Explain the Word of God to them. Philip explained the Word of God to him. As a physical eunuch, he would have been denied access to the temple (Deut. 23:1). If this man was to be reached with the gospel it would have to be outside the temple, which is the plan which God set up, using His servant Philip for this man. Read the rest of this entry »
What’s Specifically Wrong With Our Modern Gospel?
3. Salvation is Shown as a Barter or Trade, Instead of the Result of Obedience by Faith. We offer forgiveness of sin like Monty Hall on “Let’s Make a Deal.” I’ve even heard, “You give Jesus your sin, and He’ll give you salvation in return!” No one in the Bible ever thought so low of the grace of God to talk about the gift of eternal life like it was for trade. It is a gift! You can’t earn it, or buy it, or give anything in return for it. How it must offend the Holy Spirit to hear people talk of His Jesus so. (Acts 8:18-23) Read the rest of this entry »
1Thessalonians 5:21-22, “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil”
A scripture often quoted in Matthew 7:1, says, “Judge not, that you be not judged” and this could be thought to mean being silent and receiving all things in the name of Christ asking no questions or else you may be labeled judgmental. The same chapter vs. 15, says, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits”. How can you then know false prophets without judging first? The One who said do not judge at the beginning is giving indication that it’s ok to judge. I think the “judge not” is in reference to someone’s salvation. There could be 101 clear signs suggesting someone is not saved, the ultimate judge of their souls is God. We can share the gospel and let them examine themselves to see if they are in the faith. The judging I am still addressing today is discernment, what is going into my system must be evaluated. I hate to be deceived, deception is lethal the reason we have to judge everything preached and said by the word of God. Read the rest of this entry »
It was during a prayer meeting in Acts 13 that the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” No vision for ministry or good idea can be trusted if it is not learned or affirmed through prayer.
When it comes to the work of God, there must be no mistake about the leader’s prayer life. Prayer is the work of God. It is not an after thought uttered in haste or spiritual window dressing to validate our ambitions. It is serious business and must be the driving force behind the ministry. If not, there will be serious repercussions for the body he or she is leading. J. Oswald Sanders said, “A course selected with little regard for prayer, will ultimately lead to an unspiritual and misguided administration. Eventually the Spirit is grieved and quenched, and the result is spiritual dearth and death for that place.” Read the rest of this entry »