Why is it so hard to speak about Jesus? How can we share the gospel even in the face of losing things we value? Because in Jesus we have everything we need.
As Paul walks around Athens his belief in Jesus doesn’t cause him to look down or patronise those who are different from him. Instead, he sees it as a point of learning. He realises he’s surrounded by real people with real needs and through love he engages with them in a language they’ll understand. Why? Because the gospel addresses everyone’s deepest human need.
Church isn’t always easy. And for some, it’s downright difficult. So how does a church that stared with a businesswoman, a slave girl, and a Roman jailer go on to shine like a star in the sky? Acts 16 tells us how – and gives our own churches some help along the way.
The word of God continues to overcome secular and religious boundaries in Acts. But for us, when days are dark, can we really rely on the gospel to be unstoppable? And will we as God’s people help get this message out or will we keep it to ourselves?
God’s grace is both beautiful & uncomfortable. It is an offer of freedom unparalleled, while being a truth that pierces our hearts and makes us rethink our prejudice.
We often think the Gospel is merely a story, a message. But Acts, and history, show us that the Gospel is God’s message of transformation for the world. Acts 8 shows us that with the Samaritans, Simon the Sorcerer and the most unlikely convert – Philip the Eunech.