In Tim’s mini-series on Joshua 1, we see God’s faithfulness to Joshua and the Israelites as He commissioned Joshua to take charge and lead the Israelites into the Promise Land. God continually told Joshua to be strong and courageous and in obeying the law Moses brought, he would have good success. From this, we see that we can trust in God and His word and that we have nothing to fear if we are in Him.
Today, we took a look at Acts 10 and part of Acts 11 with the visions of Cornelius and Peter, and how these showed the understanding that God shows no partiality and that the Gentiles who fear God are also acceptable to him.
As we wrap up our study in Acts 9, we can look to the examples of Peter and Dorcas (or in Syrian, Tabitha), and how these two portrayed a servant’s heart in serving others, even those who may not seem to be like someone you would find hard to serve. We are told in scripture to put the interests of others above your own, and how we can love those and how we can do so by the power of the gospel.
As we continue in Acts 9, we read about how God used a man named Ananias in His calling of Saul. We can learn from Ananias’ response to God’s command for him to look for Saul and how in this life we are called to obedience to God, and the fact that we will suffer for His sake. But we do have a blessing and reward in Jesus Christ and how we can, knowing this, pursue the specifics of our lives in light of God’s gift to us.
We begin to read Acts 9 now, starting with the conversion of Saul and how he went from a man who was hostile to Jesus and His followers, to he himself being redeemed by God, and how God showed Saul grace and mercy, instead of seeking vengeance against him. We can see in this how we who believe were once spiritually blinded, but now by God’s grace can see.
As we continue to read through Acts 8, we can see how God acts sovereignly in the life of the Ethiopian Eunuch and how God ordained for Philip to speak to the eunuch, how Philip explained the scriptures he was reading, and the receptive response from the eunuch.
As we look at the example of Simon the Magician in Acts 8:9-24, we can learn from Simon and the response from Peter the error of Simon’s way and remember that our focus is to be on the grace of God, and that what we get from God cannot be earned or purchased.
Proceeding Stephen’s speech made to the Jews (Acts 7:1-53), Stephen was cast out of the city and stoned by those who opposed him. Here in Acts 7:54-60, we learn more about the Jews response and Stephen’s faithfulness as he endured to the end by the sustaining grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and what we can learn from this piece of God’s Word.
Stephen was accused by the Jews of blaspheme (Acts 6). Here he gives his defense, addressing the charges and proclaiming Christ as the redeemer.
The first part of a five-part series on the Doctrines of Grace