But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
Reflection: After Peter’s restoration, he was soon preaching before the “men of Israel.” In this address, he is here bringing to light the truth of the Scriptures and the fulfillment by Jesus Christ. Spurgeon made the following note, “See how he woos them, as a mother does her child, and interprets their wicked conduct as kindly as he can.”
Application: Lord help us to bear with those who have never heard the Gospel as we attempt to share with them the light of God’s truth. Help us to endure and bear with them because God's Word will do exactly what He has promised it will do.
C. H. Spurgeon, The Interpreter: Spurgeon's Devotional Bible (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), 637.
At the most recent T4G, which is an acronym for Together for the Gospel, David Platt presented a message which spoke to the concept of God's sovereignty over all and how this can have an impact on our view of world missions and evangelism and ignite a passion to endure through ministry and "go into all the world."
Even if you struggle with the free will and God's sovereignty aspect, stick with the over-arching and main task which is to spread the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who have not heard. How do you as a Pastor, leader, or servant within the Church help out in the big picture? Check out the video here.
Consider the following quote by Charles Spurgeon regarding your abilities and serving. It is an interesting thought to consider regarding those wondering where and how to be involved in service for the Lord Jesus Christ.
"Christ had some reason in the choice of His apostles to their office, and perhaps the ground of His choice of Andrew as an apostle was this: “He is an earnest man,” said He, “he brought me Simon Peter; he is always speaking privately to individuals; I will make an apostle of him.” Young men, if you become diligent in tract distribution, diligent in the Sunday-school, you are likely men to be made into ministers; but if you stop and do nothing until you can do everything, you will remain useless—an impediment to the Church instead of being a help to her. Dear sisters in Jesus Christ, you must none of you dream that you are in a position in which you can do nothing at all. That were such a mistake in providence as God cannot commit. You must have some talent entrusted to you, and something given you to do which no one else can do. Find out, then, what your sphere is, and occupy it. Ask God to tell you what is your niche, and stand in it, occupying the place till Jesus Christ shall come and give you your reward. Use what ability you have, and use it at once."
C. H. Spurgeon, Words of Counsel for Christian Workers (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), 8.
Ever had an interest to bring your Church or your particular outreach group to your local mall to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Perhaps you been concerned about some of the opposition you may face or have faced in the past. Check out this video and be encouraged. While there may be specific legal requirements in your state or local area, this is an interesting video clip on shopping mall evangelism that might just be a witnessing approach you may want to pursue..
"Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word."
Reflection: Prior to the Apostle Paul's conversion, he went about "entering every house, and dragging off men and women, commtting them to prison" (Acts 8:3). What happened as a result of the persecution by Saul was the spread of the Gospel into other areas. Notice how in the scattering of the new believers, they went "everywhere preaching the word." They went and told the Good News wherever they ended up. Isn't it interesting to think that even prior to Saul's conversion, God was spreading the Gospel!
Application: Are you making an attempt to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those around you? Begin spreading the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and "preach" to others to "repent and believe in the Gospeol" (Mark 1:15) wherever the Lord has you now.
The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ac 8:4.
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