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Greetings everyone! Later on today I will leave for Cameroon, Central Africa. I will be there for 18 days and be back on November 5th. So this will be my last post for a brief period of time.

As we stated in the previous blog post, Jesus commanded His disciples to stay in Jerusalem for the promised Holy Spirit, and He declared they would be His witnesses right where they were and through out the whole world. In Acts 2 God poured the Holy Spirit down on them and they started speaking in any number of different languages. When this was happening, it was the day of Pentecost. So there were possibly thousands of Jews there and they could here the disciples talking in the vary languages they spoke. And they were stunned and amazed!  All of this was in fulfillment of the 8th century prophet Joel (2:28-31). A lot of them were amazed, but some of them made fun of the disciples saying they were drunk.

Simon Peter took this great opportunity to preach the word. He explained why he and the other disciples were speaking like that and it was all a fulfillment of prophecy. And then he told them about Jesus. Probably some of those who were present that day were amongst those who cried out for Jesus to be killed. Peter told them how Jesus was an innocent man and they had Him killed. But it was all for the grand purpose of God to save them all. At the end of this grand sermon, all the people were convicted to the heart.  They explained” what have we done?” and “what are we going to do?”.

And Peter says, “I’m glad you asked!” and tells them how they can be saved. They had to call on Jesus’ name by being baptized. All throughout the book of Acts we see that phrase “calling on the name of the Lord”. How do you call on the name of the Lord? By being baptized. And about 3 thousand of them were baptized. What a remarkable day that must of been!

No dought these new believers were so happy and made great friendships with each other! They were constantly meeting together in each others’ homes and sharing food. They continually learned at the disciples’ feet. And no dought there were many more people who joined them in this new life as well.

Thank you all for reading my thoughts here. As always, your thoughts, questions, etc are always welcome. I’ll write again when I return from Cameroon in November.

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

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Greetings one and all! So sorry I didn’t write this blog last week. Time has a way of getting away from us.

This new blog series is going to be a brief look at the missional aspect in the book of Acts.

The term “missional” is relatively new to me. I have read a little bit of a book by Ed Stezer. He defines “missional” as being a missionary right where you are. The first century believers in Acts definitely saw themselves as missionaries right were they were. They were actively involved in evangelism. They did the things we typically relegate to the paid church staff ministers. When we look at Acts, look for this missional living.

Before we begin in Acts, let me direct our attention to Jonah in the Old Testament. In this book, God directs Jonah to preach the word in “the great city of Ninevah” (1:2). At first Jonah refused and God effectively got his attention by causing a really big fish to swallow him up. This fish spit Jonah out and then he goes. He preaches and the city repents, but Jonah is mad about it. He wanted God to destroy them, and He wouldn’t do it because they repented. And God said in 4:11, “But Ninevah has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who can not tell their right hand from their left … Should I not be concerned about that great city?”

Now, in Acts chapter one, right before Jesus goes back to Heaven, He tells His disciples they were about to receive the gift God the Father promised them. And they would be His witnesses in Jerusalem, then in Judah, in Samaria, and throughout all the earth (1:7-8). That means, in your city, in your state, in your country, and throughout the rest of the world.

I have been blessed to travel to different places in the USA and in the world to do mission work. Those places are important! But so home. So is right where you are located. In one of my SIBI classes I remember one of our teachers saying churches that aren’t growing are the ones who don’t see themselves as missionaries right where they are. Consequently, the churches that are growing are the ones who see themselves as missionaries right where they are.

As we look through Acts we’ll see our brethren who saw their city as “great” in God’s eyes. I need to see my city as “great” in God’s eyes. One of our teachers always asked us if we take any given Bible passage seriously, what in my life needs to change? If I take the book of Acts; Jonah 1:2 and 4:11; Matthew 28:18-20; etc seriously, then what do I need to change?

What about you?

I hope and pray this made since and is helpful. I would love to see any and all feedback about this. Any comments, questions, further thoughts, etc about this anyone wants to add?

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

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