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Hans teaches from Paul's example in Acts 14. He challenges the Oaks to follow the Spirit's leading as we share Christ with others, but to always continue in the Lord with confidence in Him.
Luke's prologue assuresTheophilus and us to trust in the teaching concerning Jesus, that He is the fulfillment of God's plan of salvation and history. Luke invites us to be witnesses of this Jesus through our lives and proclamation.
“You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here…. But go, tell.”
The Triune God created by His Word and Spirit. The Bible begins proclaiming God as the One who spoke his word, "Let there be light," and the light came. Paul quotes Genesis 1:3 in 2Corinthians 4:6 to reveal that Christians individually and the Church collectively are God's creation by his Word and Spirit. God caused his people to be. God's people did not create themselves. God not only created his people, he sustains them and perfects them. Among other things this means that because God causes his people to understand the Gospel they will be bold and persevere in proclaiming it. Indeed the Gospel is what God does to cause his people to understand who he is, what he has done, is doing and will do. Thus, it is the Gospel itself that causes God's people to be bold and persevere in proclaiming it, because such boldness and perseverance in proclaiming the Gospel is a part of the Gospel. So how does the Gospel cause us the Christian to be bold and persevere in proclaiming it? By explaining its own opposition and proclamation. This is what we see from 2Cor. 4:1-11.
What are your ambitions? Strong ambitions can shape your life. Do you want to be successful? Live abroad? Play cricket for England? Pass your driving test? We're going to see what Paul's ambitions were. In this part of the letter he talks about two ambitions: firstly to make Christ known and secondly to know Him personally. Because of these ambitions he can rejoice, even though his life is very hard, as he was a prisoner when he wrote this letter. He rejoiced that his situation had created a great opportunity to make Jesus known. Paul is even happy that Jesus is being made known by preachers whose ambition was self-centred and envious. What does it matter that trouble is stirred up against us if Jesus is being made known through it? If we want to know Christ and if we want to make Christ known, then God can use seemingly bad things to bring that about. If our ambitions are limited to wealth and health and success, then life will often give us nothing to rejoice in, but if like Paul our ambitions are to know Christ and to make him known, we can truly rejoice in all things, even if those things may be difficult.
Sermon on Mark 1:1-8 by Dr. John Oakes, December 4, 2011, Holy Trinity, Vancouver.
James has told us that the Church has been brought forth by the word of truth (1:18), and that God's Law, which is also the word of truth, is to be practiced by us. We are not merely hearers but doers of God's truth, or, we are doers of God's truth because we have truly heard his truth. Thus, God's truth is to be, and will be, revealed in the life of God's people. God's truth is revealed in the covenant community through our prayers, our praise and proclamation.