Quote of the Day
"That's what discipleship is: taking what Jesus Christ taught us and depositing it into the lives of other believers."
Stephen Davey (from What Are the Basics of Discipleship?)
Our Source for Evangelism Information?
The Book of Acts is the most critical source in the universe for our views of evangelism. Acts records the first 30 years of evangelism from the lens of inspiration, on the film of God's Word! Through the inspired words of the Gospels and Acts when we listen to the Message of Jesus captured by the Apostles of Jesus.
If Jesus saved us to share the Gospel, the Good News of Salvation, then there are few things more exciting than to actually learn from Him our Master, His message, and the way He called men and women, boys and girls to Salvation.
Now turn to the launching pad. It is found in the book of the Acts of the Holy Spirit. That is the sequel to Luke. Luke wrote as the Holy Spirit inspired Him WHAT HAPPENED (that is the content of the Gospels), and then he wrote HOW THEY SHARED WHAT HAPPENED (that is the book of Acts) - and then in the Epistles we have WHY ALL THIS HAD TO HAPPEN. That in brief is a summary of the entire New Testament.
So Acts is a video report of how the apostles and disciples shared the Gospel message in every possible setting. What we get is to see how the eyewitnesses shared with the world what happened in the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus. As we go through all 28 chapters we find that there are 22-recorded events where a Gospel Message is presented.
The FIRST Gospel Presentation is in Acts 2. The time has come, after being called to be a fisherman for eternal souls. After being given on site, hands-on training for three plus years. After being tutored privately, commissioned publicly, and filled with the very Holy Spirit of God, Peter steps up to the microphone to deliver his first sermon. I'm sure his pulse was throbbing in anticipation, his heart pounding with excitement to at last say what he had been taught, shown, and commanded him, to say. So here it is, here is Gospel Presentation number one in Acts chapter 2. Peter preaches the first sermon after Christ's death, burial, resurrection, and sending the Holy Spirit down to indwell the Church.
Taken from "The Message of Salvation by Jesus" by Discover the Book Ministries (used by permission).
- by Tim Keller
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