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"And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, 'He is the Son of God.'"

Reflection: Shortly after the Apostle Paul was converted on the Damascus Road in Acts 9, he was out proclaiming the truth of the Gospel. While we do need to "be diligent to present ourselves approved, rightly dividing the word of truth" through study, we need not think it limits our ability to proclaim the truth we already possess and that being that Jesus Christ "is the Son of God." Evangelism training can be very beneficial, but it need not be a hindrance to proclaiming the truth you already possess.

Application: If you won a big giveaway or found something you so desperately had lost, would you tell others about it? Meditate on the amazing and priceless gift of payment by Jesus Christ for your sins and go and proclaim the truth to a dying world today, while you still have breath.

The Holy Bible : English Standard Version. (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Ac 9:20; 2 Tim 2:15.

 

“And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. ”

Reflection: When Stephen was speaking to the people, some of the people who were from the "Synagogue" began "disputing with Stephen." When proclaiming the Gospel, there will be opposition and this may entail various conflicts of thought due to different beliefs. The very next verse describes how those who heard "were not able to resist." The Holy Spirit will entlighten and bring truth to the heart and mind.

Application: Knowing the power of the Holy Spirit to bring "wisdom" that can change hearts, are you leading others to the knowledge of the truth through sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ? The Gospel is the mighty power of God unto salvation. Ask God to give you the ability to speak the wisdom to the hearers and for God to change the hearts of those who will hear it.

The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ac 6:10.

 

"So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus."

Reflection: Peter and John were "unlearned" men who were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began preaching the word of God and when that happens in a public space, be on the ready for opposition. Given the fact that a miracle had just been done through them, the "council" within the city were now trying to figure what to do with them. They decided to tell them to stop preaching in the name of "Jesus."

Application: If you are out talking to people and sharing the Gospel, you can expect to receive opposition. Persecution and rejection are going to occur. If the early Christian disciples faced it, you will too. The disciples responded with, "For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard..." Let this motivate you to do the same and to strive to persevere when faced with opposition.

The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ac 4:18, 20

 

Scripture: "...whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."

Reflection: These were the words of Peter, the apostle and disciple of Jesus Christ. Peter had been re-instated after his failures and put not into a small task, but preaching the word of God boldly. This opening evangelistic message in the book of Acts launches an earthly ministry with an amazing message. The key phrase "whoever" means just that... anyone... that means you.

Application: Have you called on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to save you? If so, have you begun to tell others? Spread the Good News of the Gospel, there is not much time remaining.

The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ac 2:21.

 

Scripture: "Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” And Jesus said to him,  “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.”  Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.

Reflection: This man was blind from birth. In an amazing miracle, Jesus Christ opend the man's eyes to see. Since time began, there had never been a report of anyone able to open the eyes of a person born blind from birth (John 9:32). This man was taken to the Jewish council and asked to give an account. They Jewish leaders cast him out for his testimony. Jesus heard what had happened to the man and asked him if he believed in the Son of God and Jesus revealed himself to the man. This man was physically and spiritually blind, but Jesus healed all of his blindness.

Application: This man shared his testimony and you can share yours. Who are you revealing the Son of God to? Are you taking the Gospel to the world? Ask the Lord to work through you to bring sight to a spiritually blind person.

The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Jn 9:35–38.

 

Scripture: "Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations..."

Reflection: After Jesus Christ had appeared to the disciples and before He left earth and ascended into heaven, He gave them instruction on the Gospel. He mentioned His own death on the cross and then His resurrection after three days. He explained how repentance and forgiveness of sins was to be preached everywhere in His own name. Early in Mark's Gospel account, Jesus launched His earthly ministry with these words, "Repent, and believe in the gospel" Mark 1:15 (NKJV).

Application: Jesus called for the Gospel to be preached to all nations. He puts the Gospel account into a brief few words and calls His followers to go and do the same. Are you sharing the Gospel message asking sinners to repent and believe? What is keeping you from doing it? Ask God to show you one person with whom you can share the Good News of the Gospel.

The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Lk 24:46–47.

 

Scripture: "'for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.' Then he said to Jesus, 'Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.'”

Reflection: When Jesus was crucified, there were two other criminals crucified alongside Him. One of them "blasphemed" Him and the other criminals saw Jesus' perfection and recognized Him as "Lord." This criminal could see his own sinfulness and need of a Savior and called upon the only One who can save--Jesus Christ.

Application: Are you presenting the Gospel so that others might recognize their sinfulness and their need for a Savior? Paul said in Romans 7:7 that he "would not have known sin, except through the Law." Are you pointing to their need for righteous perfection and sharing with them the only One who was, who is and who ever will be perfect in every way?

The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Lk 23:41–42.

 

Scripture: The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.

Reflection: The latter portion of this verse says that "he who wins souls is wise." Jesus' focus was on evangelism and the heart of evangelism is winning souls. If Solomon in all of his wisdom explains that the act of soul-winning is a noble goal and is a wise thing to engage in, that would mean it is an activity we should be engaged in on a regular basis.

Application: If you are a Christian, are you making an attempt to share your faith? It is hard to go and do something you haven't purposed to get done. Have you ever considered scheduling in time for evangelism? Why not do that today and plan on an event. Pray for opportunities and then follow the Biblical instruction and be "wise."

The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Pr 11:30.

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