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Console Mary Magdalene. Check! Reveal the Scriptures to disciples. Check! Good Day!
Preacher: Stephen Fry. Passage: 1 Corinthians 15 vv1-11. People can look at the same universe and come to different conclusions about whether God exists. Opinions also vary on whether Christ physically rose from the dead and what this means. The Bible declares that God not only created the universe, but that Christ’s physical resurrection is an attestable historical fact, declaring God’s triumph over sin and death. The Bible says we will all be raised, but where will you spend eternity?
Have you ever wondered why God chose Mary to be the earthly mother of Jesus? Why her? What made her different or special? What about her made her the perfect choice? How can we become more usable for God?
Sometimes, we must preach Christ to the masses. That is certainly communicated in the beginning of chapter 8. The opening verses of this text tell us that the first Church was experiencing persecution. As a result of this persecution, the believers in Jesus Christ were scattered. Verse four indicates that those scattered went everywhere preaching Christ. The persecution could not stop them from preaching Christ. In fact, the persecution strengthened their preaching. In verse five, the text tells us that Philip went to Samaria and preached to the multitudes. This is the same Philip, we believe, who is listed as a deacon in chapter six of Acts. Interesting, isn’t it, that the attention in this text is given to the layperson not the apostles? The text implies that many believed as a result of this preaching to the masses. However, the work of delivering the Gospel to those who need to hear is not accomplished only through the preaching to masses. We have already examined in recent weeks that the Gospel more efficiently advances by one on one sharing. This text is one of the clearest in all of the New Testament to help us to identify some principles of how this works, especially in regards to the person who God uses.
Even in oral cultures people respect and desire the written holy scriptures, but many people do not have God's Word in their own language in a form they can read.
Reasons to look for Jesus in the old testament and some tools to help do so.
As the church grew in numbers and diversity, its daily needs increased, as well. Acts 6:1ff marks a transition in leadership and location, where the apostles appoint seven, Spirit-filled servants to care for the daily needs of the church (e.g., food for widows). These servants were not merely tasked with administrative details, but also preached inspired sermons. Stephen's message, in fact, is an indicting message. He exposes the idolatry of his Jewish opponents and shows mastery of the OT Scriptures. His awareness that Jesus fulfills all that God intended in the OT story leads to his martyrdom and subsequent persecution that disperses the church. As the church goes beyond Jerusalem, she fulfills Jesus' mandate in Acts 1:8 to be a witness in Judea and Samaria, and the ends of the earth. Stephens example (and the other so-called 'deacons') provides a model of Spirit-filled service that expands God's reach.
Hearing the Word of God comes with a responsibility...but also with a hope.