As the book of Acts comes to a close, we see Paul the Apostle arriving in Rome and carrying out an effective ministry there – while chained to a Roman soldier. The point is this: Jesus said his followers would receive power to be His witnesses. He didn’t say that would always be easy.
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No one can accuse Paul of having it too easy. At this point in his ministry he’s a prisoner of the Roman government and about to board a ship to take him to Rome to face trial. Not long into the voyage a storm will come upon them. By the end of the chapter the ship will be destroyed. Compare this to storms and shipwrecks in your own life.
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Any time that any person is confronted with the truth about Jesus, it demands a personal response. Two of the most common are to respond very negatively or try to avoid a response altogether. This section of the book of Acts allows us to closely examine these common responses to the gospel.
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When people discuss the gospel publicly, a lot of opinions get thrown around. Some are intellectual, some emotional. These next chapters give us a grid by which we can analyze varius responses to Jesus. The important point is that the gospel demands a personal response.
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As the Lord is completing His good work within us, he often allows us go through trials. During these trials, our perspective is limited. We don’t have the capacity to understand what God is doing unless we hear from Him.
We should always expect to hear Him speak in terms of promises.
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