Acts 28:25-28.. 25 And when they did not agree with one another, they began leaving after Paul had spoken one parting word, “The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers, 26 saying,
‘Go to this people and say,
“You will keep on hearing, but will not understand;
And you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;
27 For the heart of this people has become dull,
And with their ears they scarcely hear,
And they have closed their eyes;
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart and return,
And I would heal them.”’
28 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will also listen.”
Responses to the Gospel in Acts 13–28. How does the response to the gospel of Jesus below compare to your experience sharing the gospel in the last month? Paul never quit or gave up, he let the Holy Spirit move him to people who were interested in the gospel through spontaneous and relationship evangelism *, then taught the believers and wrote about the gospel. * For source click here.
- opposition [13:8,50; 14:19; 16:22-24]
- insult [13:45]
- rioting [17:5; 19:23-41; 21:27-36; 22:22-29]
- division [14:4; 19:9; 28:24]
- argument [17:18]
- curiosity [17:20]
- ridicule [17:32a]
- interest [17:32b]
- belief [13:12; 14:1; 16:31-34; 17:4,34; 19:17-20]
- joy [13:48]
The only way to change the USA is one person at a time for Jesus. We have no leverage with only 6 percent of USA true disciples/believers. Change will not be won at the government level. We need a true miracle that could start in our class and church. We need revival within, to be like Paul with a focused purpose. He gave up everything, was willing to die and ultimately did at the hand of Nero, but on the way he never quit telling people about the simple gospel of Jesus.
30 years ago Joe White was dying from leukemia. Recently he said “I was getting ready for a large event and like a message from God I thought “would I be willing to give up the next 30 years of my life to see one person saved tonight?” After mediating and praying Joe said that he saw that man 1 trillion years later with Jesus in heaven. He decided thirty more years on earth was not as important as one person receiving Jesus.” What do you think? Source
Like Paul, our task is to tell the story of Jesus to all people, regardless of their response.
Henry Luke 3/2/2018
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