A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, July 3, Isaiah 49
  • Monday, July 4, Isaiah 50
  • Tuesday, July 5, Isaiah 51
  • Wednesday, July 6, Isaiah 52
  • Thursday, July 7, Isaiah 53
  • Friday, July 8, Isaiah 54
  • Saturday, July 9, Isaiah 55

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John 8:31-36

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:31-36, ESV)

 

  1. When we and follow Jesus, he sets us free from the (justification) and life-controlling power (sanctification) of .

 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. (1 Peter 2:16-17, ESV)

  1. As followers of Christ, we have citizenship.

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, (Philippians 3:20, ESV)

But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out.” 38 The police reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens. 39 So they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and asked them to leave the city. (Acts 16:37-39, ESV) 

“Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21b, ESV)

 

  1. As Christian citizens, one of the ways we are to be “salt” and “light” is by our values.

 

  1. As we consider for whom we will vote, we should evaluate carefully and prayerfully:
  • The “Does this candidate have a track record of integrity and skill, character and competence?”

And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them. (Psalm 78:72, NIV84)

  • Their “With whom does this candidate associate? Who are his supporters, allies, and closest confidants?”

“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” (Proverbs 13:20, ESV)

  • Their “What actions has this candidate taken or promised to take on a variety of public policy issues.

“You will recognize them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:16a, ESV)

 

  • Their “What is the judicial philosophy guiding the nominations this candidate has made or will make to be judges and justices of the Supreme Court?”

  1. As followers of Christ, we should give thanks to God today for recent decisions of the Supreme Court . . .
  • To protect

In “Kennedy v. Bremerton School District” the Court held: “The Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the First Amendment protect an individual engaging in a personal religious observance from government reprisal; the Constitution neither mandates nor permits the government to suppress such religious expression. . . . . Respect for religious expressions is indispensable to life in a free and diverse Republic. Here, a government entity sought to punish an individual for engaging in a personal religious observance, based on a mistaken view that it has a duty to suppress religious observances even as it allows comparable secular speech. The Constitution neither mandates nor tolerates that kind of discrimination. Mr. Kennedy is entitled to summary judgment on his religious exercise and free speech claims.” (Syllabus, pp. 1, 5)

  • To protect the of the unborn.

In “Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization” the Court held: “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives. . . . Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. The Court overrules those decisions and returns that authority to the people and their elected representatives.” (Syllabus, pp. 1, 8)

  1. As followers of Christ, given the Dobbs decision of the Supreme Court, . . .
  • We should to protect and defend innocent, human life – from the moment of conception to natural death – at every level of government.

 

  • We should relate with kindness and conviction to everyone, even as we advocate for life and bear witness to the forgiveness and eternal life that Jesus offers to all who repent and believe.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, ESV)

Question #1: Why make such a big deal about baptism?

Answer: Because did.   

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, ESV, emphasis added)

Our mission is
to make disciples of Jesus Christ
for the glory of God.

Question #2: Who should be baptized?

Answer:   – those who have heard  the gospel, repented of their sin, and personally trusted  Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

41 Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church—about three thousand in all. (Acts 2:41, NLT; cf. Acts 8:12-13; Acts 18:8)

Question #3: So, should infants be baptized?

Answer: , because they have not yet heard the gospel, repented, and believed.  The Bible has no command to baptize infants, nor is there an explicit example of infant baptism in the Bible.

Question #4: So, how old should a child be to be baptized?

Answer: Old enough to hear the gospel and for there to be . . .

  • Evidence of genuine .
  • A credible testimony of .
  • Evidence of of life.

Question #5: How should a believer be baptized?

Answer: By , because . . .

(1)  The meaning of the Greek New Testament word translated “baptize” [βαπτίζω, baptizo] is to .

Is there another Greek New Testament word for “pour”?  Yes.  Is there another Greek New Testament word for “sprinkle”?  Yes.  And, in the Greek New Testament, these words for “pouring” and “sprinkling” are never used to teach baptism. 

(2)  Immersion best conveys the essential meaning of baptism—i.e., union by faith with Christ in his  , , and  .

4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4, ESV)

Question #6: So, in light of what the Bible teaches, why would a person who has genuinely repented and believed not want to be baptized?

Answer: Because of . . . , , or family .

Question #7: Is baptism by immersion as a believer necessary to obedience to Christ and to membership at Ingleside? 

Answer: .

“We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem his faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in His death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation, and to the Lord’s Supper.”  (Article 14, “Ingleside Articles of Faith”)

Question #8: So what do I do if I want to be baptized at Ingleside?

Answer: Get the conversation started with one of our pastors or by emailing [email protected].

(1)  Conversation with a pastor to clarify your understanding of the gospel and to share your story of turning from sin (repentance) and trusting in Christ (faith).

(2)  Record your video testimony. (optional)

(3)  Schedule the date of your baptism.

Baptism in the Lake: Wednesday, June 29

                       

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, June 26, Isaiah 42
  • Monday, June 27, Isaiah 43
  • Tuesday, June 28, Isaiah 44
  • Wednesday, June 29, Isaiah 45
  • Thursday, June 30, Isaiah 46
  • Friday, July 1, Isaiah 47
  • Saturday, July 2, Isaiah 48

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A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, June 19, Isaiah 35
  • Monday, June 20, Isaiah 36
  • Tuesday, June 21, Isaiah 37
  • Wednesday, June 22, Isaiah 38
  • Thursday, June 23, Isaiah 39
  • Friday, June 24, Isaiah 40
  • Saturday, June 25, Isaiah 41

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  1. Responsibility for teaching and training the next generation is given primarily to and .

9 “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children…” (Deuteronomy 4:9, ESV)

  • The primary purpose of parenting is to .
    • What is my for my children?
    • What am I parenting ?

Joshua 24, ESV

6 “‘Then I brought your fathers out of Egypt, and you came to the sea. And the Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. 7 And when they cried to the Lord, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians and made the sea come upon them and cover them; and your eyes saw what I did in Egypt. And you lived in the wilderness a long time. 8 Then I brought you to the land of the Amorites, who lived on the other side of the Jordan. They fought with you, and I gave them into your hand, and you took possession of their land, and I destroyed them before you. 9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and fought against Israel. And he sent and invited Balaam the son of Beor to curse you, 10 but I would not listen to Balaam. Indeed, he blessed you. So I delivered you out of his hand. 11 And you went over the Jordan and came to Jericho, and the leaders of Jericho fought against you, and also the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And I gave them into your hand. 12 And I sent the hornet before you, which drove them out before you, the two kings of the Amorites; it was not by your sword or by your bow. 13 I gave you a land on which you had not labored and cities that you had not built, and you dwell in them. You eat the fruit of vineyards and olive orchards that you did not plant.’

  1. When choosing a direction for our lives and our , we should remember God’s and faithfulness.

 

14 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. 

  1. The right response to God’s grace is to be fully to him.

But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

  1. Spiritual leadership involves teaching our children by our words and our , how to God, how to trust God, and how to God’s commands.

 

Two Helpful Resources:

  1. Committing to spiritual leadership is committing to .

  1. Committing to spiritual leadership will lead your children to a life of God-honoring .

As for me and my house, we will serve .

 

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, June 12, Isaiah 28
  • Monday, June 13, Isaiah 29
  • Tuesday, June 14, Isaiah 30
  • Wednesday, June 15, Isaiah 31
  • Thursday, June 16, Isaiah 32
  • Friday, June 17, Isaiah 33
  • Saturday, June 18, Isaiah 34

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Scripture anticipates that healthy churches will include more than a generation.

Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity. (1 Timothy 5:1-2, ESV)

Scripture also commands us to lean intentionally and purposefully toward the generation. 

Deuteronomy 6

“Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, 2 that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.

4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:1-9, ESV)

Responsibility for teaching and training the next generation is given primarily to and to .

 

Psalm 78

1      Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
          incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
2     I will open my mouth in a parable;
          I will utter dark sayings from of old,
3     things that we have heard and known,
          that our fathers have told us.
4     We will not hide them from their children,
          but tell to the coming generation
       the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
          and the wonders that he has done.
5     He established a testimony in Jacob
          and appointed a law in Israel,
       which he commanded our fathers
          to teach to their children,
6     that the next generation might know them,
          the children yet unborn,
       and arise and tell them to their children,
7         so that they should set their hope in God
       and not forget the works of God,
           but keep his commandments;
8     and that they should not be like their fathers,
          a stubborn and rebellious generation,
       a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
          whose spirit was not faithful to God. (Psalm 78:1-8, ESV)

 

As we reach toward the next generation, . . .

 

  1. We should teach them God is and what he has .

 

  1. We should teach them by our words and our how to God, how to God, and how to his commands

 

  1. Our goal is for them to become fully-devoted of Jesus Christ.

  • From October 1, 2021, through May 31, 2022, we have added 100 new members — are 39 and younger, while are 40 and older.

 

  1. Our responsibility is to take wise and proactive steps to ensure that our all our ministries are and secure.

 

  1. Here are some things to celebrate and to for in our Next Gen ministries:
  • June 6-10
    Xtreme Week (Vacation Bible School)

  • June 12-17
    Sessions Tour (student choir tour to Myrtle Beach, SC)

  • June 19-25
    High School Mission Trip to Cape Canaveral, FL

  • June 26-30
    Go Week (Middle School and High School local missions – service and outreach)

  • July 16-19
    Kids’ Camp (grades 3-5)

  • July 16-21
    Middle School Mission Trip to Clarkston, GA

  • July 16-23
    High School Mission Trip to Salt Lake City

  • August 7
    Kickoff Sunday for all Next Gen Ministries

    What did our Lord Jesus say?

    13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.  (Mark 10:13-16, ESV)

    A Chapter a Day

    • Sunday, June 5, Isaiah 21
    • Monday, June 6, Isaiah 22
    • Tuesday, June 7, Isaiah 23
    • Wednesday, June 8, Isaiah 24
    • Thursday, June 9, Isaiah 25
    • Friday, June 10, Isaiah 26
    • Saturday, June 11, Isaiah 27

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    Fact #1:  Isaiah’s ministry begins about B.C.

    Fact #2:  The backdrop of Isaiah’s ministry is the threat of a rising empire.

    So why should we read Old Testament books like Isaiah?

    1. Scripture is .

    All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16, ESV)

    1. God uses the Old Testament Scriptures to give us , , and .

    For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4, ESV)

    1. It helps us put our contemporary historical and cultural moment in better .

    So what are our key takeaways from Isaiah so far?

     

    1. God is and his will be accomplished.

    24  The Lord of hosts has sworn:
         “As I have planned,
            so shall it be,
         and as I have purposed,
            so shall it stand,
    25     that I will break the Assyrian in my land,
            and on my mountains trample him underfoot;
         and his yoke shall depart from them,
            and his burden from their shoulder.”
    26  This is the purpose that is purposed
         concerning the whole earth,
         and this is the hand that is stretched out
            over all the nations.
    27    For the Lord of hosts has purposed,
            and who will annul it?
         His hand is stretched out,
            and who will turn it back? (14:24-27, ESV)

    1. God’s will come upon the unrepentant who refuse to submit to his authority, love him, worship him, and live by his ways.

    6  Wail, for the day of the Lord is near;
            as destruction from the Almighty it will come!
    7 Therefore all hands will be feeble,
            and every human heart will melt.
    8  They will be dismayed:
            pangs and agony will seize them;
            they will be in anguish like a woman in labor.
         They will look aghast at one another;
            their faces will be aflame.
    9  Behold, the day of the Lord comes,
            cruel, with wrath and fierce anger,
         to make the land a desolation
            and to destroy its sinners from it. (13:6-9, ESV)

     

    1. — both personal and national – is singled out as especially offensive to God.

    11  The haughty looks of man shall be brought low,
            and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled,
         and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day. (2:11, ESV)

     11  I will punish the world for its evil,
            and the wicked for their iniquity;
         I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant,
            and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless. (13:11, ESV)

     

    1. God promises to send his to rule, to reign, to punish the wicked, and to gather his people. 

    6  For to us a child is born,
            to us a son is given;
         and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
            and his name shall be called
         Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
           Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

    7  Of the increase of his government and of peace
            there will be no end,
         on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
            to establish it and to uphold it
         with justice and with righteousness
            from this time forth and forevermore.
         The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. (9:6-7, ESV)

     

    1. Until Jesus comes again, God will preserve and protect a of his faithful people who will eventually be gathered from every nation.

    11 In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea.

    12  He will raise a signal for the nations
            and will assemble the banished of Israel,
         and gather the dispersed of Judah
            from the four corners of the earth. (11:11-12, ESV) 

    So too at the present time there is a remnant,
    chosen by grace.
    (Romans 11:5, ESV)

    A Chapter a Day

    • Sunday, May 29, Isaiah 14
    • Monday, May 30, Isaiah 15
    • Tuesday, May 31, Isaiah 16
    • Wednesday, June 1, Isaiah 17
    • Thursday, June 2, Isaiah 18
    • Friday, June 3, Isaiah 19
    • Saturday, June 4, Isaiah 20

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    1 Corinthians 15, ESV

    12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

    1. If there is no , then following Jesus is .

     

    20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

     

    1. Christ raised, and those in Christ be raised too.

     

     29 Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf? 30 Why are we in danger every hour? 31 I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! 32 What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” 33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 34 Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

    1. The reality of the should affect how we .

    For those who are in Christ, his resurrection in the guarantees our resurrection in the , which affects how we live in the .

     

    A Chapter a Day

    • Sunday, May 22, Isaiah 7
    • Monday, May 23, Isaiah 8
    • Tuesday, May 24, Isaiah 9
    • Wednesday, May 25, Isaiah 10
    • Thursday, May 26, Isaiah 11
    • Friday, May 27, Isaiah 12
    • Saturday, May 28, Isaiah 13

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    Isaiah 6 (ESV)

    In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.

    1. Times of are often times of encounter with God.

    2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:

           “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
            the whole earth is full of his glory!”

    1. When we see God as he is, we will be impressed with his and .

    4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

    1. When we see ourselves as we are, we will be impressed with our .

    6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

    1. God’s remedy for our sinfulness is atonement through the of his Son, Jesus Christ.

    8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” 

    1. Once in right relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ, God intends for us to say “Yes” to his to .

     

    9 And he said, “Go, and say to this people:
         “ ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
         keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
    10    Make the heart of this people dull,
         and their ears heavy,
         and blind their eyes;
    lest they see with their eyes,
         and hear with their ears,
    and understand with their hearts,
         and turn and be healed.”
    11    Then I said, “How long, O Lord?”
         And he said:
         “Until cities lie waste
         without inhabitant,
         and houses without people,
         and the land is a desolate waste,
    12    and the Lord removes people far away,
         and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
    13    And though a tenth remain in it,
         it will be burned again,
    like a terebinth or an oak,
         whose stump remains
         when it is felled.”
    The holy seed is its stump.

    1. The assignment God gives us may be .

      

    1. Our obedience to God’s call . . .
    • will be enabled by God’s Spirit,
    • will be accompanied by God’s presence,
    • will result in our living with a deep sense of purpose, satisfaction, and joy,
    • will be ultimately for God’s .

    A Chapter a Day

    • Sunday, May 15, Acts 28
    • Monday, May 16, Isaiah 1
    • Tuesday, May 17, Isaiah 2
    • Wednesday, May 18, Isaiah 3
    • Thursday, May 19, Isaiah 4
    • Friday, May 20, Isaiah 5
    • Saturday, May 21, Isaiah 6

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    Acts 1:8

    8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (ESV)

    Acts 25:23 – 26:32 (ESV)

    23 So on the next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp, and they entered the audience hall with the military tribunes and the prominent men of the city. Then, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. 24 And Festus said, “King Agrippa and all who are present with us, you see this man about whom the whole Jewish people petitioned me, both in Jerusalem and here, shouting that he ought not to live any longer. 25 But I found that he had done nothing deserving death. And as he himself appealed to the emperor, I decided to go ahead and send him. 26 But I have nothing definite to write to my lord about him. Therefore I have brought him before you all, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that, after we have examined him, I may have something to write. 27 For it seems to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to indicate the charges against him.”

    1. The circumstances in which my witness is required may sometimes feel .

    26 So Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched out his hand and made his defense:

    2 “I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am going to make my defense today against all the accusations of the Jews, 3 especially because you are familiar with all the customs and controversies of the Jews. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.

    1. My witness should be .

    4 “My manner of life from my youth, spent from the beginning among my own nation and in Jerusalem, is known by all the Jews. 5 They have known for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party of our religion I have lived as a Pharisee. 6 And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers, 7 to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship night and day. And for this hope I am accused by Jews, O king! 8 Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?

    9“I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them. 11And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities.

    1. My witness should describe briefly my life I trusted and followed Jesus.

    12“In this connection I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 13At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me. 14And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ 15And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, 17delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you 18to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

    1. My witness should convey and I actually repented, believed, and began to follow Jesus.

     

    19“Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. 21For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. 22To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: 23that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”

    1. My witness should focus on the of Jesus’ death and resurrection – and his offer of forgiveness to all who from sin and in Jesus.

    24And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” 25But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. 26For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner. 27King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.” 28And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?29And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains.”

     

    1. My witness should be .

    30Then the king rose, and the governor and Bernice and those who were sitting with them. 31And when they had withdrawn, they said to one another, “This man is doing nothing to deserve death or imprisonment.” 32And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

    Acts 28:30-31 – Paul under house arrest in Rome

    30He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, 31proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.

    So, let’s make it personal:

    (1) If you are not yet a follower of Jesus, will you join the Jesus movement – will you turn from your sins in repentance, trust Jesus as your Savior and Lord, be baptized in his name, identify with his people, and invite others to do the same?

     

    (2) If you are a follower of Jesus, . . .

    • Are you willing to be a verbal witness?
    • Are you willing to pray that God will give you opportunities?
    • Are you willing to be bold?
    • Who is the person you should speak to now?

    A Chapter a Day

    • Sunday, May 8, Acts 21
    • Monday, May 9, Acts 22
    • Tuesday, May 10, Acts 23
    • Wednesday, May 11, Acts 24
    • Thursday, May 12, Acts 25
    • Friday, May 13, Acts 26
    • Saturday, May 14, Acts 27

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    Acts 15:1-11, ESV

    1 But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 

    • The Question: Is in Jesus really enough for salvation?

     

     2 And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question…. 

    6 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. 7 And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe8 And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, 9 and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith.

    • God gives the to those who believe in Jesus.

    • God cleanses the of those who believe in Jesus.

     

     

    10 Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?

    • Jesus +  is no gospel at all.

    11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”

    • Salvation is by alone, through alone, in alone.


     “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9, ESV)

    • Is faith in Jesus really enough for salvation? !

    A Chapter a Day

    • Sunday, May 1, Acts 14
    • Monday, May 2, Acts 15
    • Tuesday, May 3, Acts 16
    • Wednesday, May 4, Acts 17
    • Thursday, May 5, Acts 18
    • Friday, May 6, Acts 19
    • Saturday, May 7, Acts 20

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    A in the .

    This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8, ESV)

    B filled with the .

    Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, (Ephesians 5:15-18, ESV)

    C your wisely.

    Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (Proverbs 13:20, ESV)

    D your diligently.

    For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:6-7, ESV)

    E the “Success Sequence.”

    • Get an education.
    • Get a .
    • Get .
    • Have and have .

    Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. (Hebrews 13:4, ESV)

    F Jesus.

    Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? (Matthew 16:24-26, ESV)

    G God.

    And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9-11, ESV)