Words Of Encouragement

“Paul … spoke many words of encouragement to the people” (Acts 20:1-2). Encouragement – What an important ministry this is! We are to encourage one another in the Lord. Our  words are to be upliftings words – words that say, ‘Lift up your eyes. Look to Jesus. See how great He is. See how much […]

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The Kingdom Of God: Acts

Jesus preached the kingdom of God. His apostles preached the kingdom of God. In moving from Jesus’ preaching in the Gospels to the apostles’ preaching in Acts, we’re not really moving away from Jesus at all. Luke, the author of Acts, describes his Gospel as an account of “all that Jesus began to do and […]

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God’s Answer to our question

Acts 2:37-38 The question is our question. The answer must always be God’s answer. We ask the question. We cannot give the answer. In ourselves, there is no answer. We are “far off” (Acts 2:39). We know about our sin, but we cannot give to ourselves the forgiveness of sin. We know about the emptiness […]

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Baptism of the Lord (First Sunday in Ordinary Time): Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7; Acts 10:34-38; Matthew 3:13-17

Let us bring Christ to the nations. Let us serve the Lord in the power of the Spirit. ‘Here is My Servant, whom I uphold, my Chosen One in whom I delight; I will put My Spirit on Him, and He will bring justice to the nations’ (Isaiah 42:1). These words turn our thoughts towards […]

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Make sure that it’s real!

Simon the magician was impressed by the ‘signs and great miracles’, but his ‘heart’ was ‘not right before God’(Acts 8:13,19). The Ethiopian’s conversion was real. Searching the Scriptures, he found the Saviour (Acts 8:30-35). From the Ethiopian’s conversion, we learn of Jesus’ promise: ‘Seek and you will find’. From Simon’s tragedy, we hear Jesus’ warning: […]

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When the Holy Spirit comes on you …

‘When the Holy Spirit comes on you… you will be My witnesses… to the ends of the earth’(Acts 1:8). This great advance of the Gospel – Salvation reaches ‘the Gentiles’(Acts 10:45; Acts 11:1,18) – is a movement of ‘the Spirit’(Acts 11:12). The Spirit speaks through the Word (10:44; 11:15). In God’s Word, we read of […]

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