"And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God."
Reflection: The Apostle Paul becomes a role model for us through the pages of Scripture. As an example, he calls others to live like him. This passage within Acts shows how he went into a public space and began to "reason" and "persuade" and to "speak boldly." The subject matter for his speaking was on "the things of the kingdom of God." His message centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it should be ours to go and tell others. Have you noticed that you probably speak more confidently and boldly when you fully believe in what you are communicating? Paul had confidence in the message because He knew the Creator of all!
Application: Perhaps you do not have a public arena or theater to speak in, but you can speak with people God places in your path. Ask Him to bring people across your path with whom you can share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ask Him for the courage to "speak boldly," "reasoning and persuading" with others in love with His message of the forgiveness of sins.
The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ac 19:8.
With a world which seems to have lost touch with what it means to be a father, the new movie release from Sherwood Pictures will hopefully bring a renewed sense of a long forgotten and yet biblically based concept of the centrality of the father as the leader of the home. Of such leadership, spiritual leadership is primary and the only way for that to be worthwhile and lasting is for it to be grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It is important to support films which support Christian values. Be sure to see Courageous and invite others to see a movie that will hopefully do for men and families what Fireproof has done for marriages. See the importance of the Gospel message included in the story and inspire men to be the leaders God designed them to be from the beginning.
You'll want to check out the Courageous Resources they have provided for further study and help. In addition, you can find a theater, and see a trailer... all by going here.
Sidenote: When at the theater, you may want to beware of other movie trailers that come before the film... sometimes these can be quite concerning.
The release of "180" Movie has occurred and is now available for viewing at 180movie.com. You will want to watch and think about this intense and riveting video documentary produced by Living Waters. The video presents hard questions to people on the streets to help them think through the ideas concerning life and death. The documentary weaves together abortion, the holocaust, and the Gospel and generates some interesting responses by those being interviewed.
The documentary is being released with the ability to watch the entire video online for free. Living Waters hopes to get the video into the hands of as many people as possible and seeks to help change the tide of pro-choice, pro-abortion into pro-life, anti-abortion advocates. Through the use of analogies and real life situations, difficult questions cause the people to think about how they would respond. You'll definitely want to check it out and tell others about it.
"But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and came to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit."
Reflection: Paul and Barnabas had just presented the Gospel to a very large crowd which was described as being a large portion of the people from the city. They had been presented with an opportunity to share with a large number of people who had gathered together. In the midst of the process, their audience had become influenced by other people who incited them to oppose the message of the Gospel. Rather than having responded in discouragement and disappointment, Paul and Barnabas had taken the higher road of joy and filling of the Holy Spirit. It says, "they shook off the dust from their feet against them..." and the disciples "were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit."
Application: When you are opposed or persecuted for presenting the Gospel in evangelism, seek to recall how Paul and Barnabas responded and move on with "joy" as they had done. Remember, evangelism will involve a mixture that includes opposition, so remain steadfast and persevere.
The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ac 13:51–52.
"While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word."
Reflection: The word which Peter shared was the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the power of His Spirit worked through the preached word. Peter was faithful to share the Gospel with those he encountered and God's power was manifest through the spoken word he delivered. It says here "the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word."
What an amazing work that only God can do and it is by His power and His might, not by ours.
Application: Have you prayed and asked God's Spirit to fall on "those who" hear the Gospel? Ask Him to do just that and go out and share the message of the Gospel with those you come in contact with and let the power of the Holy Spirit work through the usage of His word. Be diligent to share Scripture and the message of the Gospel and leave the results to God.
The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ac 10:44.