Acts 5:17-6:15

The last section of chapter 5 was particularly convicting to me. The apostles were imprisoned for proclaiming the gospel. I am often afraid of being made fun of or ignored when I proclaim the gospel, while the apostles faced imprisonment and death willingly. That, in itself, is convicting.

Even more convicting is their response to being freed. When Gamaliel steps up and speaks on their behalf, they are freed (for a time) from their oppressors. If that happened to me, I would be jumping of the mountain tops rejoicing that God saw fit to deliver me from prison. However, when you observe the apostles they have a different response. Look at verse 41: “Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.” They are not rejoicing for their deliverance. They are actually rejoicing that they had the privilege of suffering in the first place! Is that how we respond to suffering? Are we rejoicing in the privilege of being counted worthy of suffering for God? I know I’m not usually thinking that way when I suffer; however, if “all things work together for good” then suffering is a good thing and something worth rejoicing about.

By |April 30th, 2013|Devotional|0 Comments

Acts 2:14-47

There is a lot worth talking about in this passage. The thing that struck my eye can be found in verse 42: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Seeing this description of the early church was challenging to me. Can we describe our relationship to the word of God (the Apostle’s teaching), the congregational gathering of the local church (the fellowship), and one another in the body (breaking of bread and prayers) as devoted? What a great challenge.

By |April 23rd, 2013|Devotional, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Acts 1:1-2:13

Today’s scripture reading addressed the beginning of ministry after Christ. I see in this text a common theme with what we have recently been addressing at church. In this passage we can see that the disciples had to take responsibility for the early proclamation of the gospel, but they were dependent on the Holy Spirit to make their proclamation effective. This should motivate us to fulfill our responsibility to proclaim the gospel when opportunities arise. We can do this with confidence because, ultimately, the Holy Spirit is the one who is able to accomplish His work in the hearts of those whom we are able to witness to.

By |April 22nd, 2013|Devotional, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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By |April 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments