Monday, October 7, 2013

+DEV+ Jesus Our Enduring Hope

Date: October 7, 2013 12:17 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Jesus Our Enduring Hope

Jesus Our Enduring Hope

"Then 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

It's 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.

Nonetheless, 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 Him!

Insight: God's church throughout the world remains centered on the death and resurrection of Jesus as our enduring hope!

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