Faith

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Romans 4-7 Having shown that every human being is a hopelessly lost sinner, Paul now shows the way for us to be made right with God (justified). Since Christ has shed his blood as an atonement, all who put their trust in him (have faith) will be forgiven and received back into fellowship with God, which is true life. Is this idea something new? No, already at the beginning of the establishment of God’s people, Abraham, our spiritual …

All Have Sinned

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Romans 1-3 Like the Old Testament, the New Testament begins with historical books: the four Gospels and Acts. Also, like the Old Testament, the New Testament then has a series of writings. In the Old, the writings are the poetic Wisdom Literature; in the New, the Letters (the Epistles). The Letters are arranged as follows: first the letters of Paul, not chronologically, but roughly in the order of length, and then the letters of others. Romans is divided …

Shipwrecked but Safe

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Acts 27-28 Having appealed for a hearing before Caesar, which was his right as a Roman citizen, Paul is taken as a prisoner on a ship bound for Rome. Because they did not heed Paul’s warning, they end up in the midst of a violent storm which threatens to sink the ship. This gives Paul another opportunity to testify. In the midst of difficulties, let us be aware of special opportunities to witness for Christ. Paul had been …

The Way

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Acts 24-26 It is too bad that the wonderful term “The Way” has been spoiled because there is a cult with that name. Paul in his defense uses the term several times. And, indeed, Christianity is The Way. It is a faith, not just a body of doctrine; it is also a way of life. Essentially, it is a commitment of one’s faith to a person, the One who said, “I am the way, and the truth, and …

A Prisoner for Christ

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Acts 21-23 Paul is now on his way back to Jerusalem, realizing he is headed for trouble, but convinced he is being led by the Spirit. We need to seek the leading of the Spirit each step of the way in life, realizing God has a good plan for us although it may not be easy. Arriving in Jerusalem, the leaders of the church there are concerned that Paul has lost his Jewishness, so they ask him to …

Ministry at Ephesus

Claudia Elzinga

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 …