Acts 22:22..[59AD] The crowd listened until Paul said that word. Then they all began to shout, “Away with such a fellow! He isn’t fit to live!”
When the Jews heard the word Gentile [anyone who was not a Jew] they flew into a fit of rage. At this point in 59 AD Gentiles in the world were the vast majority of the population, Jews 2nd and Gentile & Jewish believers in Jesus 3rd. Jesus told Paul in v.21 that he was to go to testify to the Gentiles. Paul was obedient. He went to Tarsus, then Barnabas brought him to Antioch and he made 3 missionary journeys. Everywhere he went most of the Jews rejected his message. In 59 AD he was back in Jerusalem to be rejected by the Jews in v.22.
Data A shows the church has fallen to alarming depths in the USA. We are now in a situation were only 6% of all Americans and .5% ages 18-23 have a biblical world view.
“Bottom line: the church is not having a very positive effect on the culture, but conversely the culture is having a tremendously detrimental effect on the church. When asked; what is the biggest problem in the church in America today, noted theologian and author, Henry Blackaby said, “It is very simple. We have raised generations of illiterate Christians.” These illiterate Christians are reproducing themselves.
The culture is so post-Christian most people don’t know the bible and are not interested. What are we to do? Just like Paul all disciples have a calling and responsibility to the 3 steps in the discipling process in:
Matthew 28:19-20.. 19 Go therefore and make disciples * of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
* Discipling is a three step process: make disciples–leading people to be new believers in Jesus D, encouraging them to be baptized E and teaching them the commands of Jesus F.
For an approach to discipling that is very helpful to me click here.
How does Paul’s life purpose in Acts 22:15 relate to the commission of Jesus recorded in Matthew 28:18-20? Does the specific purpose that God desires for each believer always relate to that commission? Will you memorize Acts 22:15 this week and apply to your life.
Henry Luke 2/17/2018
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