Poisoned Minds & Gospel Perseverance

Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. Acts 14:1-2 The Gospel, faithfully preached, will never fail to pierce darkness and bringContinue reading “Poisoned Minds & Gospel Perseverance”

Jesus & the Bible

How do you view the Bible? Is it trustworthy or suspect? Is it relevant or outdated? Is it antiquated or applicable?How you view the Bible will shape how you view Jesus. And how you understand the Scriptures will impact how you understand God. To put it another way, your relationship with the Lord and theContinue reading “Jesus & the Bible”

“A Gospel for All People”

And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region. Acts 13:48-49 (ESV) People are hungry for the gospel. Paul and his companions show up teaching theContinue reading ““A Gospel for All People””

God’s Mission Is His Invitation

Which do you value most: your heart, your lungs, or your brain? Silly question, right? Every organ in our body serves a purpose and although each one is important, these three are paramount, bearing ultimate importance. Removing any one of these three and life would be unsustainable. I’ve offered the argument that a believer inContinue reading “God’s Mission Is His Invitation”

“Gospel Message”

“Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation.” Acts 13:26 Paul arrives as Pisidian Antioch and is invited to speak. The Pharisee become missionary, proceeds to establish common ground with his audience, “Men of Israel and those who fearContinue reading ““Gospel Message””

“Gospel Roots”

“Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen. The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. And for about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness. …Continue reading ““Gospel Roots””

“Gospel Battle”

[This Jewish false prophet] was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. Acts 13:7-8 As Paul andContinue reading ““Gospel Battle””

“Gospel Soil”

Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which IContinue reading ““Gospel Soil””

Love Is Learned

Love. Our culture talks a lot about it, especially this time of year. Yet even with all the talk, ideas, theories, and experience, our world is largely clueless on the topic. Even what we get right is often misapplied and misunderstood. As Christians, those who serve and worship the author of love who, himself, isContinue reading “Love Is Learned”

Love One Another.

On at least one occasion, Jesus was asked by the religious leaders of his day, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” (see Mark 12:28–34; Matthew 22:34–40; Luke 10:25–28) By Jesus’ response, he links two essential commands together. He emphasizes the preeminent command to love God with everything and above everything, and then heContinue reading “Love One Another.”