• Amos’ Prophecy Fulfilled

    Acts 15:1–21

    In His great grace, God has restored the tent of David, raising His Son from the dead and seating Him on His throne. As a consequence, He is bringing the nations to worship His Son and join His covenant people ...Read More

  • Paul the Preacher

    2 Corinthians 11:22–12:10

    Paul’s life, so extraordinary in so many ways, should define the ordinary life of the Christian in one sense: radical obedience. Jesus calls us to count the cost before enlisting and, having made a decision for Him, never to ...Read More

  • Paul the Pharisee

    Galatians 1:11–14

    Paul’s conversion is as miraculous as any in Scripture or throughout Christian history. Yours may not have been nearly as dramatic, but it represented just as radical a change of direction for you. Take time to reflect on the ...Read More

  • The Conversion of Saul

    Acts 9:1–9

    God stopped Saul in his tracks and can do so with any who oppose Him. But He sometimes allows persecution to buffet His church. Do you believe God can bring good out of hard times for His people? If not ...Read More

  • Coming Home

    Acts 8:36-40

    Philip told the Ethiopian that he could be baptized if he believed with all his heart. Belief is more than intellectual assent; our hearts must be set aflame by the things our minds grasp. As you call unbelievers to faith ...Read More

  • A Divine Appointment

    Acts 8:26-35

    In today’s typical estimation of ministry efficiency, Philip would have been best-suited to minister among the Samaritans or evangelize in the Greek-speaking cities. But God sent him to a divine appointment with a single man. Always seek God’s ...Read More

  • Lust for Power

    Acts 8:18–25

    Simon wanted spiritual powers for his own exaltation. We are told to “earnestly desire the best [spiritual] gifts” (1 Cor. 12:31), but only for the edification of the church. Furthermore, any gift the Holy Spirit gives us must be ...Read More

  • Full Participants in Grace

    Acts 8:14-17

    We have to admit God chooses some odd people to be His sons and daughters. The Bible says “not many wise … not many mighty, not many noble are called.” Remember that this applies to you, too. Pray to God to ...Read More

  • Two Men, Two Kingdoms

    Acts 8:9-13

    As we look around the cultural landscape today, we see a wide variety of spiritual practices that do not please God. Satan uses these practices to blind people to the truth and hold them in darkness. We must confront these ...Read More

  • Joy in Samaria

    Acts 8:5–8

    It has been said that Sunday morning is the most segregated time of the week. This should not be, for Christ is building His church from every nation, tribe, and tongue. Ask your church leaders what you can do to ...Read More

  • Paul at Ephesus

    Acts 19:1–10

    With the destruction of the temple, the outward features of the old covenant came to an end. We no longer take Nazirite vows and we no longer expect either defilement or blessing to be transmitted through clothes. The “clothes” of ...Read More

  • Opposition at Thessalonica

    Acts 17:1-15

    The Jews opposed the early Christians for the same reason that Rome opposed the Reformers, and compromised liberals oppose uncompromising evangelicals today. The greatest enemies of the true church are always found within the church. Pray for strength in the ...Read More

  • Paul’s Ministry at Philippi

    Acts 16:11-40

    Paul never asked the civil magistrate to sponsor the Gospel. Following Jesus’ advice, the disciples avoided conflict with the “powers that be.” When calling on the magistrate was pointedly useful to the Gospel, however, the apostles did so. Here Paul ...Read More

  • The Ecumenical Council

    Acts 15:1–35

    The church is not immune to the temptation to elevate “custom” to the level of law. Fueling that temptation is the desire to see those who are different become like us. Examine the standard with which you judge people. Does ...Read More

  • Hermes and Zeus

    Acts 14:8–28

    Just as outwardly religious Jews were the Gospel’s enemies in the first century, so today the great enemies of the Gospel are the carnal members of the church. Jealous, lukewarm, and liberal “Christians” are the greatest enemies of the ...Read More