Ministry at Ephesus

READ : Acts 19-20 When the New Testament mentions Asia, it does not mean the continent. It means a small province in the western end of what is now Turkey. Ephesus was the major commercial city of that province, the kind of place Paul liked to work, knowing that the gospel would spread from there to many other places. We should seek the leading of the Spirit to fashion the best possible missionary strategy. Words of Hope is doing just …

On the Road Again for Christ

READ : Acts 16-18 Paul and Barnabas get ready for a second missionary journey. Gracious Barnabas wants to take the quitter Mark along, but Paul refuses. Sad to say, they part company. Tensions have always existed in the church. May God heal those that exist today. God overrules sin, and the result is that two missionary teams go out instead of one. Paul takes Silas along. An event occurs which changes the course of history. Paul wants to continue to …

The First Missionary Journey

READ : Acts 13-15 Led by the Spirit, the church at Antioch sets aside its best men for missionary work. A Christian young person who is qualified ought not to ask “What occupation will give me most money?” but “Does the Lord want me to be a missionary?” Paul and Barnabas make the island of Cyprus their first stop. There the Roman proconsul is converted. They then sail for the south coast of what is now Turkey. There John (also …

Peter's Ministry

READ : Acts 10-12 The Acts of the Apostles or acts of the Spirit through the apostles consists in part of the acts of Peter, who is considered for a few chapters, and the acts of Paul, which take up the remainder of the book. Peter needed a vision from heaven to make him realize that God’s plan was broader than his. We too need to realize that the gospel is not just for “our kind” of people but for …

The Deacon and the Destroyer

READ : Acts 8,9 Another deacon involved in evangelism was Philip who carries out the next step of the Great Commission, going to Samaria. There he has a fruitful ministry, yet God calls him from that ministry to meet one man, the Ethiopian official who knew about the true God but needed to know about Jesus. The Ethiopian officer is reading the Bible but does not understand it. He is reading Isaiah 53, and Philip tells him how Jesus fulfills …