We see that the Apostle Paul is given the opportunity to share his testimony in a public setting. This is Paul giving his defense for why the people shouldn’t kill him. We can learn something from Luke writing Paul’s personal testimony in the book of Acts. We learn to start at the very beginning, tell the truth about your past, offer your life to God, reject your stinking thinking, and your story isn’t for you, anyways. Join us as we learn how to share our testimony of faith with others.
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Sometimes we get confused in our faith with God. Once in a while we lose perspective, and forget that God did all the work for our faith. Remember; our job is to be transformed through the work of Christ, not the work we do to make God happy. Paul the Apostle taught us that his calling was to glorify God and share the Good News of the Gospel, in spite of himself. Follow along with us as we see God’s role in our character development; being before doing.
Paul the Apostle, along with Barnabas, are able to share the gospel as doors of faith open in new communities. They have been given the gifts of spiritual healing to accompany their message of grace through Jesus, so some are healed. This doesn’t sit well with their opposition. They are stoned, nearly to death, and dragged out of the city, but after prayers, they are healed and continue God’s work. What do you do when you face opposition? What is your way of working through trials in your life? Do you give up, and quit, or do you muster up the faith, and continue forward? Join us as we talk about ways to grow in your faith. Click here to hear the message.
This is one of the most famous chapters in the book of Acts. The terrorist, Saul, was still breathing murderous threats to the Church when the Lord Jesus, himself, knocked Saul off his personal mission. When the Lord got ahold of Saul, it took some “not-so-famous” people to rally around him and get him on the right mission. Today we talk about Ananias, Barnabas, the Widows and even Simon the tanner. These kind of “B-Team” players, are people like you and me, who play a role in the shaping of God’s Kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven.
“God our Father. We acknowledge that we and every other person has his or her origin in you.
We owe you our lives.
Forgive us for the arrogance of thinking we are better or more important that other people.
Let your Spirit work in us to strengthen us.
We want your Spirit to merge with ours.
Make the presence of Christ so real that we sense your love and live from your love.
Help us understand how deep your love is so that it changes us into the very likeness of your Son, Jesus.
You who are all powerful beyond anything we can conceive, we praise you.
Every accolade of worth we throw at your feet.
You alone are God. From your worth all other worth is determined.
For the gift of life in Christ we and all your people worship You.
Together and forever we will sing your praise.
Paul the Apostle prays for the church. The prayer is so profound b/c he is telling us that we have the power and presence of God in the Holy Spirit to help us understand the depth of Christ’s love. This awareness of the profound love of God gives us an understanding of the revealed glory of God for the world.
Paul writes that he’s been given the gift of administering God’s revelation to the world, and our role as believers in Christ is to do the same.
Like a tour guide in a city, our role is to point out all the places where God’s presence is revealed around us. “If you’ll look to your right, you’ll notice Mrs. Jones teaching her 3rd grade class as a believer in God. Notice her careful tone with kids, her loving and generous care for God’s kids as she teaches them to enjoy the world we have. That’s God being revealed in this world, folks.” And as the tour bus moves on, you’ll hear, “Well now, take a look at this, would ya? The people gathered there in that little building singing songs to God are learning how to praise the Father in heaven. As soon as they leave that gathering, folks, their going off to their own respective homes to keep the love of God being revealed in this world.”
What would happen if we all were administers of God’s revealing in this dark world? What kind of place would this be if everything we said, everything we did, everywhere we went, every thought we had were only for revealing God’s work and activity in this world?
Before prayer (above), Apostle Paul says, “Don’t be discouraged that I’m in prison for the Lord.” He is so positive and encouraging to his little flock. What if we cut out criticism from our lives and focused on God’s intention for placing us in situations we face… so that we might reveal His glory there too?
Enjoy the ride – I’m with you all the way… just trying to keep my tour bus microphone working.