Date: October 7, 2013 12:17 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Jesus Our Enduring Hope
Jesus Our Enduring Hope
the church...was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it
grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord." (Acts 9:31)
Scripture Focus: Acts 9:28-31
an understatement to say that Paul's life was changed from the Damascus
Road encounter. His life was absolutely altered forever. So were the
lives of those around him, as well as the early believers who -
understandably - were afraid to join Paul in fellowship.
Paul's confrontation with the resurrected Jesus became the primary
motivation behind the church growth. His sermons in various cities
(recorded in Acts) and his letters to the churches far and wide formed
the basis not just of a new theology, but of an entirely new life. If
Jesus was "really real" to anyone, it was Paul.
For him, the
resurrection was the foundation on which all other decisions were made
and on which any of life's confidence could be built. It became the
shield from which he, and all other Christians, could endure anything.
It had to be; because Paul himself would endure great opposition,
imprisonment and affliction. May the Good News of Jesus' life given for
you be worth enduring hardship, however great or small. There is hope in
Insight: God's church throughout the world remains centered on the death and resurrection of Jesus as our enduring hope!
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