Today you should read: Acts 17:1-15
We’re all good at something. Many of us are experts at a few things, and at least proficient at many things. I remember when I learned CPR as an EMT. It always overwhelmed me that we hold in our hand the ability to save someone’s life with a rather simple skill. After I used it on a real person for the first time, I remember how I was convinced that everyone HAD to learn this skill. While I still believe that, I’m even more convinced that every follower of Jesus must learn how to proficiently share the message of the Gospel. If you can only be good at one thing (as a believer) – be good at sharing the Gospel clearly and succinctly.
In today’s reading we read about Paul sharing the Good News with the people in Thessalonica. In verses 2-3 we read:
He reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.”
Do you know how to share the Gospel? Are you using this vital skill?
If not, decide today that you’re going to learn it. At Center Point, we’re offering a Prepare to Share class in a few weeks. If you already know how, begin to pray for opportunities and take them.
One more thought. Verse 11 says…
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Is this a description of us? When we go to church, do we just hear the Word of God or do we receive the Word of God? Are we eager to take it? Do we examine what we’ve heard daily to see if it is true?
This is how we learn. Ask God to help you to improve in both of these vital areas today.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor
2 thoughts on “January 30, 2019”
“Paul and Silas have caused trouble all over the world,”
This passage of scripture really grabbed my attention today. It caused me to wonder if people would say this about me? Am I causing trouble (in a good way) in my mission field by proclaiming the good news of Christ to a lost world? The worst thing that could be said by my peers is that they had no idea I was a Christian because I rarely mention it. Just as in Paul’s and Silas’ time, proclaiming the truth of Christ and His Word will “cause trouble” in our secular world. Let’s get out and cause some trouble today CPC. 😉
Great thought Mike Pepper! Thank you!