Acts 13

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As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

– Acts 13:2

The work of the ministry is work, like many other forms of work. But it’s also a calling. God calls and appoints individuals to the work of the ministry. Which means, ministers don’t appoint themselves. Sure, there have been people that have set out to do the work with out the calling, but at some point it becomes evident that such individuals were not called of God to the task.

He who desires the position, desires a good thing (1 Timothy 3:1). But make sure that good thing is God’s thing for you!

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Acts 12

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But the word of God grew and multiplied.

— Acts 12:24

The persecution continued… but so id the growth of God’s church as His Word grew and was multiplied. Now, 20 centuries later, the church continues to grow and move forward, even in the face of continuing persecution.

The gates of hell will not prevail against His church!

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Acts 11

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“If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?”
When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”

— Acts 11:17-18

Being 2,000 years removed, and equally distant culturally, it is hard for us to grasp the weight of this mini counsel after the move of God among the first Gentile Christians. I imagine that the silence among these Jewish hearers of Peter’s testimony was long and pronounced. But ultimately a joy and rejoicing in the grace of God broke out.

It is essential that we remember this, as God still desires to bring many more who are far from Him near by repentance to life in our day.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Acts 10

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“Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”

— Acts 10:47

And like that, the Gospel of Grace, and salvation by the same grace, through faith, came to Gentiles.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Acts 9

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So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

— Acts 9:6

The persecutor is humbled and reduced to—what appears to be—a tearful and fearful plea, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” And in a flash the great persecutor of the church becomes (perhaps) the greatest preacher of the church. Only God could work such a work!

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Acts 8

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Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.

— Acts 8:4

Is there a “bright side” to persecution? That is a tough question to wrestle with. Clearly, no one (at least to my knowledge) desires suffering and persecution. But welcome it or not, persecution is practically guaranteed in the New Testament, to the point that Peter bids Christians to “think it not strange the fiery trial.” So, again, is there a “bright side” to persecution?

In one sense, at least in Acts 8, there was. As a result of persecution, the Christians (finally) left Jerusalem to begin the work (in earnest) of the Great Commission, taking the gospel to Judea, Samaria and ultimately the ends of the earth.

Certainly, I don’t want to suffer persecution, but if it be God’s will, may it be used for His glory.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Acts 7

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But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”

– Acts 7:55-56

Jesus is seated in heaven at the right hand of glory. But when His servants are persecuted, and ultimately martyred for righteousness sake, He stands to greet them.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Acts 6

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“Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

– Acts 6:3-4

I find the qualifications for servants in the early church to be intriguing and insightful. “Seek out men of (1) good reputation, (2) full of the Holy Spirit and (3) full of wisdom.” Those are solid qualifications!

If you want to be a servant who fits the bill, be filled with the Spirit, make wise decisions and make sure that you have a good reputation.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Acts 5

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But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.

– Acts 5:29

Though we are exhorted in the Scriptures to submit to every ordinance of man, there is a time for civil disobedience, and this is one of those times. When earthly authorities command disobedience to God, obey God. Simple!

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Acts 4

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“If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.

– Acts 4:9-10

Again we are confronted with the bold proclamation of politically incorrect truth. One wonders how Peter—the denier of the Lord on the night that Jesus was betrayed, arrested and condemned—became so bold to speak in this manner? Well, we do not have to look very far to understand where Peter’s boldness came from, for the answer is found in the previous verse where we read, “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said…”

To boldly speak the truth, we need the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim