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The importance of having your heart prepared when the Word of God is preached.
Paul's example during his first Roman imprisonment should encourage and inspire us to take up our part in God's story and preach the gospel of Jesus to anyone who will listen no matter what our circumstances are.
Paul told the Jews, “It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain” (Acts 28:20). He combined in his thinking the hope of Israel and the good news about Jesus, the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Every story has a beginning and a middle and an end. We the church are in the middle, we know the beginning and we proclaim the end, but here and now in the middle we must endure hardships....yet in this we find joy.
Invest your life in the gospel, for it cannot fail.
Paul was told by God that he would proclaim the Gospel in Rome, and in Acts 28, he does just that. Nothing can prevent the plan of God from happening. What can we learn from Paul's story? (1) Talk about Jesus, (2) trust God with the results, and (3) finish the mission that Jesus began and Paul continued - taking the Gospel next door and to the ends of the earth. Our only choices in response to this command are to go ourselves, send others, or else be disobedient.